My practice is largely focused upon the individual’s body and culture’s recognition of the environment. The body is an interface with its surroundings; a semi-permeable membrane, partly governed by the constructs of culture.
The Lake District as an area which maintains strong connections to the natural environment is my home and current nuclei of my work. Discussed is the misconceptions and stereotypes of the North from the Romantics to hill farmers. Through materials, our relationship with this environment is explored; the textures becoming a disruptive disturbance to our normative, totalizing perspective of the landscape.
This extends into my interest in theatre and this fictitious environment’s role in forming narrative. An ecosystem is created where the costumes are in dialogue with one and other; these being symbiotic with the set and establishing new facets to the character.
It is the narratives between people and place which interest me.