I have a diverse portfolio that incorporates socially engaged practice, higher education pedegogy, academic research, curating, and performance and visual art.
My own practice explores the relationships between objects, sites and actions. Often working with familiar or domestic materials I manipulates a process of enquiry until the ordinary becomes extraordinary. I use performance, video, installation, drawing and text to investigate issues such as work, landscape and gender. My work is about process, and through action research brings to life specific sites and heightens the experience of the viewer. My work is about response and suggestion, reflecting on a given site, context or audience. I work with history, imagination, the playful and the violent.
My texts and actions abstract the viewer’s reality to suggest slippages in place, time and action. This has taken me to explore the poetry of an Australian horse wash, the memory of Baltic coastal landscape, and theatre of the English joke shop. My socially engaged practice has included working with residents of Chapeltown Leeds, children of all ages in Hull and the local people in Louth, Lincolnshire. I have curated work for the Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, and taken new performance to Latitude Festival.
I have been a Senior Lecturer with Leeds Beckett University for over seven years where I was the Course Leader for the BA Performance programme until Septebmer 2016, and I lead a number of public student performance commissions including Leeds Light Night.
My academic research is currently focused as a PhD candidate with Glasgow University on practice-based research into objects in performance and the relationship to the (un)homely.
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