I studied at Warwick University, Central Saint Martins and completed an MA in Photography at the London College of Communication in 2011. My MA project, featured here, explored the imaginative world of childhood, the threshold between the internal and the external, and the boundary between the personal and the shared.
The ‘Time-stilled. Space-slowed. In the cities’ project was short-listed for the prestigious Terry O’Neill Award, received an Art’s Council / Rhubarb Rhubarb Bursary and was exhibited at Flowers Gallery East.
‘Within the dream of innocence lies the imaginary state of wildness: the natural realm where animals live, which savages were also thought to inhabit. Like the child, this place can hold up the image of paradise lost, or of an unruly and dangerous territory which must be ordered, framed, even consumed. And at the hidden heart of the parcel, in the middle, beneath all the enfolded layers, there’s the secret treasure: the myth of home, which places everyone in relation to Mothers, to Fathers, to off-spring, to here and elsewhere, to time past and time present – and in so doing lays the path of the future, where we may or may not be saved.’
Marina Warner, Six Myths of Our Time, Managing Monsters
Working predominantly with children, the making of my images involves an element of chance.
I arrive at an unfamiliar home at dusk and ask what worlds the children would like to create. They select their own props and I withdraw to observe them from the outside. I invite children to participate in a game but they create the images in the poses and gestures they make.
The work considers the relationship between photography and painting, with reference to chiaroscuro light, the symbolism of objects and the space that exists between reality and perception.
I like to make work that ignites the imagination, both in the process of making and then how this translates into something personal for the viewer outside the frame. Thresholds, windows and membranes that divide the interior from the exterior are important as they explore the separation between the internal and the external, and the boundary between the personal and the shared.
There is a sense of fragility in the work – how the things we establish to protect ourselves can so easily be torn away. The images prompt conflicting emotions, tapping the voyeuristic and the uncanny.
I am interested in chance encounters, the merging of fact and fiction and the discovery of the magical in the mundane.