My installations are grounded in theoretical and empirical research, and they seduce visitors into engaging with complex and often uncomfortable subjects such as sexual health through an exuberant use of colour, humour and hospitality. I create fictions that begin with my personal experience and quote the voices of others, weaving them together into new epic works. The term Maximalist, which best describes my work, refers to an additive practice that values the relationships between things rather than their qualities in isolation. My work is visually intricate, returning to specific lexicons of imagery such as tarot cards, which allow meanings to develop within multiple contexts. My process involves working with many partners and negotiating thresholds, value systems and hierarchies as a conceptual extension of the post-modern approach to image manipulation that I practice.
Increasingly the container for my diverse body of work involves spatial design, as with Two Peacocks in which the logic of the department store became the organisational device for a group show or with Alien Sex Club in which the maze was employed as an architectural narrative. Hospitality is a central aspect of my work by which I mean that I place an emphasis on the role of the artist to move towards the viewer in order to engage them first. Through acts of generosity that range from using the format of the bar through to using popular imagery my work attempts to involve audiences using carnivalesque strategies, humour and play. My use of performance is a form of drag that is jestered as opposed to gendered, in which the pose of fool can facilitate audiences to consider subjects that might otherwise be addressed as earnest. This extends to the material qualities of my work that, whether in analogue or digital form, explore shonkiness; this is a method in which craft "Badness" is privileged in order to help audiences interpretthe work via an understanding of how it is made.
I am currently working on CAPSID, a collaboration with Professor Greg Towers and his lab at UCL, supported by a Large Arts Award from The Wellcome Trust. CAPSID uses new knowledge about virus-host interactions to inform new artworks addressing cultural transmission. The project will culminate in an exhibition at CGP in London and HOME in Manchester in 2018.
I am also curating Shonky for Hayward Touring Exhibitions, a group show that addresses visual awkwardness in painting, sculpture, video, performance and installation as a device for addresses a range of subjects that include queer and feminist themes.
My doctoral studies were undertaken at The University of Westminster, graduating in 2017.
My thesis was titled Alien Sex Club: Educating Audiences About Continuing Rates of HIV Transmission Using Art and Design.
I currently teach in Diploma 7 at The Architectural Association in London. I also teach as a visitor at a range of art and design schools and research departments across the UK.