Working within a multidisciplinary approach, including collage, painting, assemblage and sculpture, my intention is to reflect upon a sense of place that shapes memory traces into physical form, exposing the fragility of our constructed reality. Utilising the tension between parameters - the edges between the inner and the outer, I look to question how notions of identity and place can be reconfigured, in particular the dimension between personal and collective landscape and how these mutate through times of disruption and chaos.
Individual exhibitions include: Home, Espaço Cultural Mercês, Lisbon, Portugal (2021); TAXIS DERMA, Museum of Natural Science and History, Lisbon, Portugal (2019); and Sublime, Mute, Lisbon, Portugal (2019). I graduated in Textile Art from Winchester College of Arts (UK) in 2006 and in 2021 completed the non accredited online course Art + Critique: Critical & Contextual Studies in Art Practice (Sophia Kosmauglou, Goldsmiths University, UK). Residencies include BODY & PLACE (the Colab), Owlpen Manor, Gloucestershire, UK (2019) and MArt experimental learning program, Lisbon, Portugal (2015 - 17).
I conceive my artistic path as a shared journey, co-creating projects and practical structures to improve our social and human experience. In 2020 I co-produced online platform SUPERSONIC, providing cultural activities to the public whilst financially supporting artists during the pandemic. In 2008 I was co-founding director for a non-profit community arts cafe in Southampton, which still exists to this day. I teach art workshops nationally and internationally, promoting cultural diversity and exchange, through institutions, non-profits and independent projects including; Atelier Concorde, Lisbon, Portugal; International Sharing School, Oeiras, Portugal; St. Dominic's International School, Portugal; Maison du Peuple de Saint - Gilles, Belgium, University of Southampton, Hampshire, UK; amongst others.
My collages have been published in magazines and books, including, most recently; “Collage Care: Transforming Emotions & Life Experiences” edited by Kanyer Art Collection, 2021. My work is represented in public and private collections including: The Doug and Laurie Kanyer Art Collection, Yakima, WA, USA; Coleção Grupo IMPRESSA, Lisbon, Portugal; and Coleção Figueiredo Ribeiro, Abrantes, Portugal, amongst others.
Photography: Sarah Kilgallon