Biography

My work investigates the ability of light to reveal and conceal objects and spaces, and is particularly influenced by Freud's notions of the uncanny and Proust's narrative of the transitional. Camera Obscura Projective Installations explore and extend the artistic potential of the camera obscura to perceptually transform objects and spaces by exploiting its unique visual qualities. These pertain to immediacy and directness, and possess a unique visual 'feel' where two dimensional imagery strongly suggests three dimensions.

Although apparently tangible, projected imagery appears to reside in a void where there is an absence of surrounding visual reference. However, unlike conventional camera obscura projections, these involve synchronicity, juxtaposition, transparency and transition and the manipulation of ordinary objects. Whilst initially experienced in real time as installations, unmediated recordings are also available for film screening.

Alongside live and recorded moving imagery, I use long exposure Pinhole Photography to trace and capture in single images, the passage of time as light slowly moves over objects and spaces.


Qualifications

2006 PhD, Fine Art (practice led), University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, Glos.
2001 MA Fine Art Sculpture (Distinction), University of Gloucestershire.
2000 BA Fine Art Sculpture (Hons) 2:1, Cheltenham & Glos College of Higher Education.

Exhibitions

2017 'Between the Light and the Dark', The Old Passage Inn, Arlingham, Glos.
2016 Pinhole Photography – Solo exhibition, Lansdown Gallery, Stroud, Glos.
Exhibition for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, Thirlestaine Gallery, Cheltenham, Glos.
Pinhole Photographs, solo exhibition, Wotton Gallery, Wotton under Edge, Glos.
2015 'Taking Time', Photography Exhibition, Ruskin Mill Gallery, Nailsworth, Glos.
Museum Box Project, Space Place Practice Group, School of Art, Aberystwyth University, Wales.
Mini Film Festival, 3 in 1 Arts, Horsley, Gloucestershire.
2014 Through the Pinhole, solo exhibition, Newark Park (National Trust), Ozleworth, Glos.
Farewell to Meantime, Cheltenham, Glos.
2013 Crash Open Salon 2013, Charlie Dutton Gallery, London.
2013 Stroud College Art Staff Exhibition, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Glos.
'Be Our Guest' Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys.
Open Studios, Stroud Arts Festival, Stroud, Glos.
Space Place Practice Group exhibition, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Glos.
2012 'The Uncanny', Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancs.
Space Place Practice, Exhibition & Seminar, UWE, Bower Ashton, Bristol.
Space Place Practice group exhibition, Corsham Court, Corsham, Wilts.
'Stone Music', Postcard Exhibition, Meantime, Cheltenham.
2011 Stroud College Art Staff Show, Museum in the Park, Stroud, Glos.
'Photo-media Open Salon', Charlie Dutton Gallery, London.
'Square Eyes', The Exchange, Penzance, Cornwall.
'Forest', Postcard Trail, Coleford Festival of Words, Coleford, Forest of Dean, Glos.
'A Century of of Artists' Film', Oriel Mwldan, Cardigan, Wales.
'Lightworks 2011', St James Minster, Grimsby, Yorkshire, UK.
Open Photography 2, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK.
2010 Fundada Artists' Film Festival 2010, Square Chapel, Halifax, UK.
'Keep the Illusion Alive', Videoholica International Video Art Festival,Varna,Bulgaria.
'Re:animate', Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, Powys.
'Other Spaces', (solo), Sundial Theatre, Cirencester, Glos.
2009 'Unique Perspectives', Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, Lancs.
'Vanitas', Glastonbury Music Festival, Somerset.
Outcasting, Season 8, Online film screening.
'Transfixed Motion/The Transitory Still', Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield.
'Ghosts in the Attic', Edward Jenner Museum, Berkeley, Glos.
2008 MIR Festival, Athens, Greece.
Site08Festival, Stroud Valleys Artspace, Stroud, Glos.
'Moving Things', Annexinema iii, Stand Assembly Studios, Nottingham.
'Vanitas' & 'Uncanny Spaces', (solo), Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham.
2007 'Eye Tricks', Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, S. Orange, NJ, USA.
'Camera Obscura', Lanfranchis, Sydney, Australia.
'This Generous Earth' Hookshouse, Westonbirt, Glos.
'Open Sculpture', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
2006 'Drawing Viewpoints', Pittville Gallery, University of Gloucestershire.
'Beauty through Utility', The Cheltenham Ladies College, Cheltenham.
'Sofa So Good', Neighbourhood Project, Aberdeen, Scotland.
'Encantas' Pittville Campus, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.
'Heavenly Bodies', Burghley House Sculpture Garden, Stamford, Lincs.
'Vessels', Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth, Glos.
2005 'Furniture of Sorts', Stroud House Gallery, Stroud.
2003 'Painting, Printing, Sculpture', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
'Open Sculpture', Royal West of England Academy, Bristol.
Stroud Valleys Arts Festival, Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth & Seagrims, Painswick.
'Cheltenham Open', Cheltenham Society of Artists, Pittville Gallery, Cheltenham.
2002 'Wardrobe', Cheltenham Museum & Art Gallery.
'Art for Afghanistan', Stroud House Gallery, Stroud.
'Still Life', Cairn Gallery, Nailsworth, Glos.
2001 'Hide and Seek', Pump Rooms, Cheltenham.
'Locations' Gloucester Docks, Gloucester.

Commissions, Features, Publications, Residencies

2016 Artist Residency, Brisons Veor Trust, Cape Cornwall.
2015 Album artwork for ‘Dust’ by Andrew Heath & Peter Maynard (Aqueousarts).
2009 Artist Residency, Brisons Veor Trust, Cape Cornwall.
Commission for Camera Obscura, St Augustine’s Farm, Arlingham, Glos.
Commission for ‘Ghosts in the Attic’, Edward Jenner Museum, Berkeley, Glos.
2008 Shortlisted for Exeter Phoenix Digital Media Bursary.
2007 Shortlisted for Artist in Residence, Gloucester Cathedral.
MetroLife, Review of RWA Open Sculpture Exhibition.
Shortlisted for Wooda Arts Award, N Cornwall.
2006 ‘Drawing Viewpoints’, Catalogue, University of Gloucestershire.
‘Heavenly Bodies’, Catalogue, Burghley House & ‘Country Life’ Magazine review.
The Camera Obscura and the Pursuit of the Uncanny, PhD Thesis.
2003 AHRC Postgraduate Award.
Painting, Printing, Sculpture, RWA, Catalogue.
Sculpture Open, RWA, Catalogue.
2001 ‘The Ones to Watch’, Art Review feature.

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