My work ranges in medium and materials from performance to video from installation to audio, kinetics and photography.The work produced earlier in my career with the artist-led visual arts group Fine Rats International is crucial in respect to my on-going concerns for the site-specific. Exploring space whether in the urban or rural landscapes or fixed within the walls of interior spaces the investigation centres on the space and the audience.
Direct action between artwork and audience drives a clear desire to confront contemporary issues, social order and the transparent borders within which societies exist. Exhibitions and residencies Internationally in my early career included ‘All or Nothing’ at the Galerie de la Friche Belle de Mai, Marseille, ‘Bull’ première at the Musee de Marseille and ‘Breathing Space’ at Artspace, Sydney, Australia. In the UK shows included ‘Secret Life of Objects’ at Ikon Gallery.
At the beginning of 2001 I was awarded the Henry Moore Fellowship in Sculpture at the University of Derby. I now work predominately abroad on exhibitions, residencies and commissions, which include ‘toe the line…’ MAMÜ Gallery, Budapest, ‘Túlsó p’Art retrospective’ Miskolc, Hungary, ‘Window Shopping’ El Huis Experimental Intermedia, Gent, Belgium, ‘Embodying the Scenery of Ecology’ Juming Museum, Taiwan, ‘The Good, the Bad & the Ugly’ at Ashish Balram Nagpal Galleries Mumbai, India.
British exhibitions include ‘underpin’ at the Rest Gardens, Nottingham City Centre, ‘Penny Black’ and ‘TENSION’ at The Gooden Gallery, London, ‘Con_flict a state of disharmony’ at Derby Museum & Art Gallery, ‘The Charter of the Forest’ at The Collection & Usher Gallery Lincoln, ‘Webbing’ for the Wirksworth Festival 2011, Künstlerkolonie and Creative House International Artist-in-Residence Programme in the Fichtelgebirge Germany 2012, SPATTER – Synthesis Exhibition Commissioned by Forefront for Manchester Science Festival, UK 2013. Chocolate Factory – Smith & Hersey commissioned by Quad & DCC, Derby, UK 2013. I have more recently curated a one-month International Artist Residency in Wakefield, UK called ‘HOME & AWAY’.
DESIRE…LINES is a sculptural installation, which will be developed during a five-day residency as part of Artcore’s ‘Invisible Boundaries’ project at the Arboretum Park in Derby, September 2015.
Over the course of five days, five sculptural installations will be developed occupying different section of the park over the course of one day. Every morning I will install a new desire…line within the park using bungee rope and upright steel poles. The artwork consists of four/five lines of black bungee rope tied between several vertical steel poles. The bungee rope forms a path through the park, which can be accessed from either end.
The installation will invite the public to either engage or avoid the work, this will begin a conversation about how the public use their urban spaces and how and way the spaces were designed the way they were.
If a member of the public chooses to walk through the designated area it will take then at an angle away from their desired path. The work attempts to look at how the members of the public use their urban environment, an environment that has been planned and laid out by architects and city planners. DESIRE…LINES looks at how we create our own paths and movement through the city, how we take ownership and bring life to designed spaces.
DESIRE…LINES was first developed during ‘HOME & AWAY’ an International Artist Residency, which took place this July in Wakefield. I curated a residency, which brought artists from all around the world to join with artists from Wakefield to make artworks in and around Wakefield for one month.
DESIRE..LINES was a sculptural installation which was placed in the open market, in Wakefield for one day on Monday 20th July 2015.
An exhibition of the work made during the residency was seen at Fell House, Market Street on Wednesday 29th July for one night only.
“Having decided where to install Desire Lines for the first day, just outside the Orangery across the grass mounds between two large paths, most of the morning was spent measuring and hammering, this was the beginning of the first realisation of what has been only an idea in my head up until now.
The installation was ready around mid-day, initially met with apathy, as the day progressed and the kids got more bold, the work was activated.
As a study, it’s interesting to see how the park is used by the public. The paths are so wide and the grass mound avoided by almost everyone. Identifying desire lines within such a manicured environment is problematic…watch this space, tomorrow is another challenge!”
“The morning was spent in the company of the staff at Artcore, artists, politicians and park keepers at a get together at the Orangery in the Arboretum. The history of the park was discussed and an impromptu walk with Mick the Park Keeper was fascinating.
The park was quiet today although the kids still managed to provide me with the most entertainment, they really know how to work my sculpture!
The other highlight was to enjoy my oscillating bungee’s, for some reason the environment the work was placed in today keep all 10 lengths of 20 meters of bungee’s vibrating the whole afternoon…weird.”
“Today I attempted to mimic an existing small desire line which cuts into the grass. As the kids have gone back to school the pedestrian traffic was much less, although as their is a big police presence in the park at the moment I managed to get the Police involved in the work!
Many interesting conversations took place with many different people over the course of the day as I have become more personally involved in the work than I anticipated, this is due in part to the lack of actual desire lines within the park…people are staying to the designated paths!”
“Today I took a different tack and placed Desire Lines through the middle of the football pitch which is located within a different area of the Arboretum.
Having seen the football pitch being used as a desire line while observing the park earlier in the week I am attempting to engage now both physically and verbally with the users of the park. Negotiating the ideal that I am proposing within the park has yielded interesting points of view and opinions, from “this isn’t art” to extended political and social discussions centred around the park and its uses!”
Final day of the residency, I overlaid an existing footpath with Desire Lines and then diverted the public’s route. This was placed near the area of the park where parents and children of the nearby school use as a rat run. Plenty of the children got involved and played with the bungee’s but no adults!