Background


Originally from a village near Hull in East Yorkshire I grew up by the sea to a stay at home older Dad and a full time working Mum. Feminism was part of my upbringing even before I knew the word. As well as being a Northern feminist artist my background is in Sociology and British Sign Language (BSL). I studied both areas at the University of Durham where my dissertation considered ideas of language and labelling in the Deaf community.

I have Interpreted between BSL and English professionally for twelve years and the use of BSL and visual communication features heavily in my art practice. The power dynamics of being an Interpreter have also been a source for my art practice and I am exploring these with various methods of audience/participant engagement.

Research is a huge part of my practice and for the past three years I have been investigating how socially engaged practice can form research, engaging with people, and the dialogues that come out of this is not only far more illuminating than research solely being an abstract element of practice, but it can also inform further debate, research and change in social issues.

In my practice I utilise a range of mediums and disciplines but much of my work leads to performance and live action. I also use film, photography and installation with a focus on aesthetics remaining from my earlier paint and illustration work.  

What has always been of interest to me has been language and this is what I explored in my MA, and more specifically the power language has within social relations.