I was born in 1971 in Dumfries, Scotland and spent my childhood in North Africa, the Mediterranean and the Middle East before returning to Scotland for higher education. After training in medicine, I worked as a pathologist for a number of years before striking out into the world of art. I have just completed my BA (Hons) in Fine Art (Sculpture) at Edinburgh College of Art.
My studio work is currently focused on using objects and materials that have their own inherent meaning and exploring how they can be manipulated or combined to create dialogues or elicit an emotional response, relying on individual viewer interpretation. Also, because each object tells its own story, combining and recombining objects can create infinite narrative possibilities.
In the home, domestic objects are an important part of how we construct our identities and how we relate to the outside world. We forge strong and intimate links to particular objects through psychological and emotional processes. This begins in early infancy and is reinforced throughout life by our relationships and interactions with those objects and the ability of those objects to absorb traces of people and places, acting as vessels for memory and emotion.
Using fabric as a skin substitute to represent the body, intimacy and touch, and where photographs serve as memories, emotions and the subconscious, I have been working on objects that are intimate and personal, whilst at the same time universal, relating to the core elements of our relationships with those closest to us – love, death, sex and memories. My work this year represents a collision between my artwork and personal life and explores the complex and ambivalent feelings evoked by memories and my relationships with the people closest to me.