I use wool, photography, text, and social media to draw and paint with, exploring how value is placed on creativity.
I tend to resist the boundaries of what is considered ‘art’ or ‘craft’ by drawing attention to the historically gendered associations of materials and processes like hand knitting. Recently I have focused on how preconceptions about gender, age and disability continue to have a profound affect on the critical reception and value given to an artist and her work.
In 2017, I completed a PhD at Ulster University, acquiring in-depth expertise about visual artists’ use of social media and the consequent challenges to data protection and ethics. This built on my existing skills and experience in project management, fund raising, art history, drawing, painting, photography, and textiles.
I am available for commissions, workshops, artists’ talks, coaching, research and consultancy to support my career as a professional artist.