My fascination with cultures has been nurtured by my English and Bajan parents who were adamant that I should know both sides of my heritage. This lead to frequent trips to the Caribbean and the South of England to visit family who increasingly embodied the cultural idiosyncrasies that were to inform those worlds to me as a child, and cement my interest in cultures, art and nature as an adult.
This fascination was to become focused through two threads: observation of the natural world and narrative, from historical records of the natural sciences to literature such as biblical stories to contemporary comics, reading the world through stories.
My practice is socially engaged incorporating a combination of fieldwork and research that informs the production of artwork, at the intersection between mythopoeic narrative and allegory, corrupting and appropriating from current events to the natural world, entwined with my experience building new contemporary fables that are as fluid and mercurial as the world that informs them.
My practice incorporates new media and mixed media, building artwork digitally and by hand from layering photographs, cutouts and illustrations with drawing, painting and increasingly sculpture. These artworks, distinct from the purely digital work, can incorporate various materials from wood and plasticine to precious gems such as black pearls and mediums from acrylic ink to paint set between layers of resin.
I read Fine Art at the University of Brighton and graduated from Goldsmiths College with an MA in Postcolonial Studies.
In 2013, I travelled to Freetown, Sierra Leone as a guest artist with the NGO Way Out Arts where I ran a comic workshop with the charity's members and in 2014, I was an Associate Artist with the London based criminal justice charity Only Connect for a year.
In April 2017, I participated in the Iwati Parana AiR programme in the Peruvian Amazon engaging indigenous communities with 11 other international artists. I'm in the process of finishing a one year artist residency at the Women at the Well charity supporting women exiting prostitution, human trafficking and substance misuse.
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