PROFILE

 
EXHIBITIONS and EVENTS
BACKGROUND

My current work continues to explore different ways of fusing hand and digital process, combining different media, both on paper, and on synthetic non woven materials. It has led me to find alternative methods of collage and colouration involving heat fusing, and thermal transfer printing. I like to exploit technology such as laser cutting and am interested in the transformation of surface through laser engraving.

 

I make books 3d forms and wall based artworks. I work freely with both techniques and with materials, experimenting with print, cutting and layering of paper and other materials.

I explore ideas around the tactile and the illusory, through the tensions between hand drawn marks with the suggested computer drawn marks, and how hand applied colour - pigment, yarn or crayon, whether inlaid or overlaid, interacts with the inkjet printed colour. Finally, after printing, further marks might be added by laser cutting, or by piercing and punching – marks which erupt through the paper.

The book form has becomeintegral to my working practice. First, a book is a place where I can 'draw out' a visual idea, where each page becomes a fragment of the whole. Or the bookform itself becomes the artwork. The pages themselves go beyond the visual. Their tactile quality means they are experienced both visually and through touch page by page. Finally, the form of the book, adds to the experience.


BACKGROUND

In the 1980’s my work was centred around resist pattern using liquid dye on fabric and paper. In the early nineties, I had a radical change of direction. I began to explore the idea of suspending time, image by image and to map the pattern of change in a sequence of images. I also began to explore computer imaging – printing by inkjet on different experimental surfaces.

Books have been integral part to my art practice since the early 1990's.They have recorded my explorations of materials and of colour, from dye on cloth to digital image, printed on to experimental substrates, whether inkjet on paper collage or thermal transfer on synthetic, heat fused collage.

I have been exhibiting since the 1970’s, and internationally from 1992. I was awarded travel Burseries from the Arts council for several of these; China in 1997, Japan in 2002, Finland in 2005 and U.S. in 2007.