I live on the Isle of Wight on a houseboat designed and built by my husband and myself. Having dropped out of art school in my youth, I worked mainly in computing and then Psychotherapy, before making a serious return to art ten plus years ago.
About my work
A creative block that sent me right back to mark making basics resulted in a completely new direction of work: mostly charcoal and pencil drawing, purely abstract, and with the mark itself as king. It also prompted questions about the cognitive processes involved both in transcribing what the artist sees (or imagines) onto paper/canvas, and the viewer’s perception of it.
Many of the drawings involve pattern. This is a considered attempt to get around the brain’s pattern recognition function that impels us to ‘see something’ even in art that is entirely abstract; in my case an unwanted distraction. The idea is that presentation of the marks in an obvious pattern format immediately satisfies the pattern seeker, while at the same time signalling the likely absence of any hidden meaning, thus freeing the viewer to see the marks simply for what they are.
About the titles
Please note: the titles of these works are unrelated to their content.
Rather than give an entirely abstract piece of work a falsely meaningful name, or else a dry unique identifier (such as Untitled 1, etc) instead I make use of the title to highlight an issue I feel strongly about.
Current works therefore adopt the names of some of the 2000 lone children from the Calais Jungle, who the UK Government would much rather we all forgot about after breaking their promise of rescue.
10% of these sales goes to the film/campaign ‘Calais Children: a Case to Answer’ by Sue Clayton (on which I was also a production assistant).