Born 1965 Penzance Cornwall
Penzance Girls Grammar School 1976 -1981
Camborne Technical College 1981 -1983
Penwith College BTEC ND Art & Design 1993 -1995
Cornwall College HND Health & Social Care 2000 -2002
Cornwall College HND Fine Art Textiles (1 year) 2009 -2010
BA Hons Fine Art Falmouth University 2013
Currently living and working in West Cornwall
Awards & Prizes
Artist Network Member at Royal West of England Academy
People's Choice Award (Film & Photography) Degree Arts Signature Art Prize 2015
Degree Arts Signature Art Prize 2015 (Longlist)
Selected Artist SOLO Award 2014
BLOOMBERG NEW CONTEMPORARIES 2014
1st Prize Winner British Women Artists Competition 2013
Shows & Exhibitions
VISIONS IN THE NUNNERY | BOW ARTS (Invited Artist) 5th October - 18th December - The Nunnery 181 Bow Road E3
Royal West of England Academy 164th Annual Open - 9th October - 27th November 2016
INLAND Art Festival - Redruth, Cornwall - 21st - 23rd October 2016
BAD BEHAVIOUR OPEN 2016 - BRIXTON EAST, 100 BARRINGTON ROAD LONDON SW9 7JF - 14th - 19th October 2016
WET NEWLYN - Newlyn Gallery & The Exchange - 1st October 2016
SPECTRUM - Porthmeor Studios St Ives - 13th - 23rd September 2016
SHE - An International Art Collaboration Exploring The Construct Of Femininity - Sweet' art 30/31 July 2016 - 47-49 Tanner St London SE1 3PL
Diskudha In The Landscape - Truro - April 4th - April 9th 2016
Diskudha In The City - Old Bakery Truro - April 2nd - April 3rd 2016
After School - Trewarveneth Studios Newlyn 31st March - 4th April 2016
W.A.N.K International Women's Day Festival - Fish Factory Falmouth - 3rd March 2016 - 19th March 2016
Newlyn Art Festival - Newlyn Gallery - 26th September - 3rd October 2015
Walking Into Memory - Penzance - 19 -20th September 2015
A Game of Consequences - Engine Room Exchange Gallery Penzance 4th - 26th September
Moving/Image - CMR Redruth Cornwall - 26th April - 3rd May 2015
BLOOMBERG NEW CONTEMPORARIES - Newlyn & Exchange Gallery Cornwall 21st March - 30th May 2015
BLOOMBERG NEW CONTEMPORARIES - ICA London 26th November 2014 - 25th January 2015
BLOOMBERG NEW CONTEMPORARIES - LIverpool Biennial - World Museum Liverpool 20th September - 26th October 2014. Touring to ICA London 26th November - 25th January 2015
'I' - (PASSING THROUGH THE VEIL OF SOLITUDE) Millenium St Ives in Collaboration with Spectrum 5th - 20th April 2014 Telegraph House Truro.
LIMBO Associate Members Exhibition selected by Bob And Roberta Smith & Sarah Martin. 1st - 23rd March 2014. Margate.
Sidney Cooper Film Open 20th - 22nd February 2014 Sidney Cooper Gallery Canterbury
"I Make Art So I Don't Kill My Family”
Of course I'm joking. Or am I? Obviously I would never want any of my family to come to any harm but I do utilise humour to make a serious point. The point I make via my art is personal and political and it remains acutely relevant in the 21st century; that woman is still seen as secondary to the needs of others. We still do the vast majority of the domestic chores, regardless of whether we are the most academically qualified or the highest earner. We are still primarily valued for our looks; with prettiness going hand-in-hand with submissiveness. From an early age we are taught that we are 'natural caregivers', hard-wired to tend to the needs of others before ourselves. It is a notion stitched so tightly into the fabric of our culture that many women begin to identify with it to the point where their own needs are entirely sublimated. Much of my work represents the critical point where a woman starts to realise the impact a lifetime of nurturing others has had on her own dreams and desires.
The other aspect of my work is the subversion of the male gaze. As a middle-aged woman I find myself able to challenge the ownership society has over a woman's image. I employ carnivalesque, surreal imagery to question how we view and value women. In my paintings I am usually looking directly at the viewer, defying them to categorise me and making them aware that although they are looking at me their gaze is fully returned.
The moving image and paintings support and inform each other. Both are darkly humorous as it is a fundamental part of my personality. I also feel that humour has the unique ability to convey a serious point in a way that disarms, thereby facilitating authentic communication.