As someone who is simultaneously baffled and fascinated by the everyday world, my practice allows me to explore the questions that niggle at the back of my mind. Often, my questions focus on the entanglement of people with place, particularly at a local level, and our relationship with our surroundings. I wonder if art processes can challenge and open up environmental thought in a playful way.
I’m attempting to develop my practice as an integral part of the communities I function, produce and live in. Within these communities I can collaboratively construct spaces, processes and journeys that allow us to find new ways of looking at our everyday world; start fresh conversations; ask more intriguing questions and perhaps celebrate the obscure and overlooked.
Working with in a social context and blurring boundaries between art and life raises questions about the nature of collaboration and participation and the delicate balances and tensions that exist within this type of work. I’ve been gradually developing a vocabulary and toolbox that I can take into different contexts. I view these ambiguous art-forms where art and people are brought together as a constantly shifting ground. This need to better understand the social relevance of contemporary art continues to underpin much of my practice.
Sometimes the different strands of my practice are difficult for me to pull together and understand as a whole. Very occasionally they converge in a moment of absolute clarity. I try my best to stay grounded, keep it playful, get on with what really intrigues me.