Notes from a Residency Joya-air.org
I came to Joya to experience an environment completely new to me and indeed arriving here was truly breathtaking. Cortijada Los Gázquez is surrounded by spruce forested mountains and fields of almond trees. Wherever you walk your senses are immersed in a silence that is almost tangible and a heavy scent of aromatics growing wild at your feet.
I had not encountered a place like this and my initial ideas for the artwork I thought I would create wavered in a desire to explore the land and gather up pieces of and from the ground. I collected plants that were skeletal at the end of their life cycle, dried by the sun and wind. I found rocks with indentations of a prehistoric life. The limestone dusted everything and placed it in a semi lunar world.
The collection of objects of natural history was already part of my art practice and I found it impossible not to create a still life of my new findings. The studio table became filled with traces of my experience in this landscape.
My work is normally sited in a rural landscape traversed with pathways through which I investigate a social history of human presence. Pathways of previously utilitarian purpose are represented in imagery of frail plant material collected from their edges. I use print techniques that allude to the sombre tones of a Victorian age of Natural History collection and its museology. Walking in the landscape and a scrutiny of its geography and detail is the substance of my practice.
Plymouth College of Art
|1975-79||BA Ceramics (with Print) 1st Class Hons. Camberwell College of Art|
|1979-80||Junior Fellow in Ceramics at South Glamorgan Institute of Education, Cardiff|
Sculpture Studio at Acme Studios, London
Lecturer in Higher Education
|1985-88||Administration at the Hayward, the Serpentine and Edward Totah Galleries, London|
|1995-03||Printmaker at Artichoke Print Studio, London|
|1999-00||PGCE Goldsmiths College, University of London|
Lecturer at Plymouth College of Art
External Moderator for University of the Arts, London
MA Contemporary Art Practice, University of Plymouth
Practising Fine Artist