I am Director of Study for part one in Art and co-ordinate the teaching on the first year Fine Art studio practice course. I also teach sculpture and installation on the 2nd and 3rd year studio practice modules. I also supervise the studio practice of postgraduates in Fine Art working in 3D or those working across drawing and sculpture.
My research is practice based, undertaken primarily through studio work. An ongoing concern is in probing the complex cultural, social, material and visual value of delicacy to find ways to analyse, interpret and represent the fugitive or visually elusive. On a formal level, this practice is typically characterised by a cross-fertilization of spatial and sculptural languages, processes and materials with those of drawing.
I am currently investigating hybrid approaches to drawing, informed by collaborations with medics, archaeologists and conservators which explore commonalties between approaches in drawing and those in professions that must cope with the delicate or fugitive in their routine practice. I am particlarly interested in what the analytical tools of Art might share with invesigative procedure in these Sciences. This research is grounded in fieldwork/ site visits and has seen me working in collaboration with scientists and other professionals on sites from Hadrian's Wall to Kensington Palace. Most recently, I have been working with the underwear collections at Kensington Palace towards a catalogue publication and solo exhibition at the palace, Hidden Drawers (Jan- May 2013). This recent work also explores themes of attraction, intimacy and revelation in relation to historical traditions in drawing and values in contermporary fine art drawing practice.
Explicit aims of this work are: identifying shared practice around mutual concerns with 'delicacy'; developing new studio methods; and generating forms of documentation that facilitate understanding of studio methodologies to establish a transferable model for cross-discipline knowledge exchange.
This emphasis on method and documentation reflects a further research interest in finding ways to discuss, understand and share knowledge of artists' studio methodologies.
Activity: Public engagement and outreach › Public lecture/debate/seminar
Activity: Awards › Prize (including medals and awards)
Activity: Conference participation › Participation in conference