Artist’s Statement

Gyre,  an installation of found marine plastic (PET balloons). Reuse, Reinvent, Reimagine, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Gallery 23 August 208

My practice explores the fragmentary nature of identity, memory, perception. Through a range of formal approaches – drawing, painting, photography/film, found objects, text – I assemble, erode, combine to create a non linear record. Work is grouped together but can also be considered in isolation.

I am interested in the provenance of objects, texts and found materials which allude to my own past but also a common past. Through the creative process objects are selected and created becoming ‘recovered’ memories which trace the process of change and encode new meanings.

I am keen to explore new ‘ways in’ which are driven by the personal yet are structured, rigorous, moving toward the universal. ‘ A hybrid coexistence of ideas and approaches’ described by Svetlana Boym as ‘Off-Modern’.

‘Off-modern’ reflection does not try to cure longing with belonging and a remake of traditional yardsticks. Rather it produces offspring of thought out of those gaps and crossroads, opening up an alternative way to the intellectual history of modernity. It invites us to explore the garden of forking paths that hides behind the facade of our urban nature, to tell unpredictable stories of contacts and disconnects, to play with fictional illusions and masks, to be honest with ourselves and our ghosts.”

My recent work has included  a collaboration with poet Sheila Black and sound artist Lynne Thermann called
Nostalgia/Analgesic which explored the power and potential destructiveness of nostalgia and the role of art in untangling its meaning. This culminated in an exhibition called blood/MarcyAV at The Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh in 2013.

In 2014 I was offered a solo exhibition in the Lower Church Gallery at Summerhall by the then curator Paul Robertson. The exhibition called Hag-ridden explored the hauntology of female identity by looking at the folklore associated with sleep paralysis and my personal experience as an identical twin.

In 2015 I was selected to take part in the Hidden Door Art Festival at Kings Stables and did a site specific installation Fan of Memory.

In 2015-16 I completed a Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice at Glasgow School of Art where I received a Distinction. My degree show Phantasmagoria, non-place of desire explored the irreversible dynamic of time and the emotionality we encounter in the generic ‘non-places’ of the modern built environment.

I am currently developing a project called GYRE  which explores the dynamic of how we discard once important items and how consumerism and mass production contributes to our disengagement. Initial research for this project was exhibited at Creative Reactions: Liminal State an exhibition at the Glasgow Trades Hall for the Pint of Science Festival, May 2017.

Gyre was exhibited at the TENT Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art in May 2018 as part of the Pint of Science festival Creative Reactions strand. It was also shown at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018 in Reuse, Reinvent, Reimagine a group exhibition at Gallery 23 Edinburgh.


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