I am a visual artist based in Edinburgh working with painting, drawing, moving image, and found objects to create individual works and installations. Starting with something found, captured, stolen (a place, materials, objects, images from the internet), artefacts become a way into something else – a hidden narrative, an uncanny synthesis, a physical experience.
I work outdoors in the landscape and experiment in the studio to unlock meaning and imagination. The results intertwine personal narratives with global ghost stories – our haunted existence in a fragmented world.
I grew up as an identical twin in Cleveland in North Eastern Ohio, USA, living in California then New York City before moving to Scotland. As for many people who migrate, ‘place’, ‘identity’, ‘home’ are not constants but shifting, transitory, even transferable. This is a key idea in my work.
My current project Casser Maison (breaking the house) refers to a French-Canadian end of life ritual of clearing a house. At the end of life, home is interchangeable; possessions transferable. Could this shift experienced by many help us to imagine a more sustainable way of living on our planet? Experimenting with a bricolage of observational drawing and painting, collecting and combining, Casser Maison considers ideas of home and nostalgia as expressed through the rituals of breaking or leaving a house.
Gyre came about from observing a mystery: the increasing number of cellophane balloons appearing on the same wild, and inaccessible ocean beach near my parent’s home. I collected hundreds from this beach over years and with sculpture and automatic drawing, used these objects to explore melancholy, the persistence of desire, the seduction of nostalgia. Our ‘collective forgetting’ is a clue to this mystery, the end of the feedback loop that brings us back around to what we think we need.