During the past 20 years I have had the privilege and joy of working with a wide range of people of all ages and differing abilities, enabling them to express their voice through the medium of photography and video. I am also passionate about enabling people to gain skills that can change their lives. Together we have made expressive/experimental films, documentaries, video diaries, photographic portraits, installations and screenings/exhibitions.
Commissions have been from Learning Through Arts, Mind, Community Works/University of Derby, Amber Valley Borough Council, Creative Partnerships, Junction Arts, Derbyshire Careers Service, HM Prisons Grendon and Springhill. Following an arts residency at a health centre I was invited to be a workshop speaker on 'Arts and Health' at a Trent Public Health Conference. A founder member of Ashbourne Arts Festival we brought a diverse range of the arts to a mostly rural community, including schools, elderly homes and local groups.
For the past 16 years I've been stretching my teaching/educator/facilitator abilities in my work, first as senior lecturer on the Photography and Video BA(Hons) at DeMontfort University (8 years). Then in Hastings to develop and run an HND in Photography followed by a BA(Hons) Photography with a small but perfectly formed team (8 years). I have a Masters in Photography and a BA(Hons) in Fine Art (1st).
I am an artist, poet, explorer, educator and facilitator who works mostly experimentally with still and moving images to explore the most fundamental of intervals, The Gap: that one we perceive between us, between time and distance, beginnings and endings, waking and sleeping, birth and death. Recognising the benefits of daily meditation I have practised it for more than 25 years. I am fascinated by ‘The Theory of Everything’ a scientific proposal that everything is a manifestation of one thing and the connectedness demonstrated by ‘entanglement’. I am interested in the potentialities of seeing that is a result of the act of looking and the subsequent ‘observer effect’. I read widely and have a particular interest in ancient and current wisdom texts from all over the world.
My own work has been screened at APT Gallery, Lux Gallery, Candid Projection Room, Trinity Buoy Wharf, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, Harley Gallery, Towner Gallery, Broadway Cinema, Electric Palace Cinema, Brighton Cinematheque, OX1 Festival and Wirksworth Festival and I have exhibited widely, receiving commissions for numerous projects and residencies in the UK.
I am happy to have been described by a colleague “as close to artist-as-shaman as the notion suggests, whose work arrests and compels without any clue as to how or why…She has done something simple – and by the strength of her artistic vision, has rendered it strange and playful, menacing and sweet in complex succession which leaves the viewer at once baffled and overjoyed, at peace and troubled.”