I am an artist living in Newcastle upon Tyne, originally from West Yorkshire. I employ video, performance, text, and installation in my work. My conceptual focus is the language of sovereignty, and how this relates to my recently diagnosed AD/HD. The elusive promise of self-governance present in (often opposing) political ideology, medical diagnosis, and new age philosophy, and the inherent contradiction of joining a cause or community to enable self-actualisation.
In January 2021 I began a practice-based PhD studentship at Northumbria University under the supervision of Christine Borland and Clark Lawlor, and became part of the Cultural Negotiation of Science, a fine art research group at Northumbria. My working title is The nominally sovereign body: A practice-based exploration of the language of self-governance through the prism of ADHD.
In 2021-22 I began working with Erika Leaman on The Wardrobe - a clothing resource for the trans, non-binary and genderqueer community in the North East, and a safe space for exploring gender expression. The project is based at The NewBridge Project.
To progress my research I also started working with Jo Hauge in 2022 to host Making Time - an online space for neurodivergent artists, writers and researchers that meets once a week. The project is supported by Northumbria and Baltic.
Projected Award Date: 17/01/24
Principal Supervisor: Prof Christine Borland
Second Supervisor: Prof Clark Lawlor