How and when did you start creating art?
Well I can't say where the source of all this originated - I was inquisitive and thoughtful at an early age and having drafting skills it was easy for me to sketch out visually on paper whatever
I wanted. There have been times when this has been the creative start but more broadly speaking I absorb and adapt many interests for a singular purpose. It's been much harder to quantify
recently, something I used to hold in my hand as a sketchbook expanded to notes and prototypes on the wall. This act seemed too perfect and currently I feel these sketches have traversed my life
completely and now it's all I can think about and everything I see when I walk down the corridor to use the bathroom! Studying at Royal College of Art and Central Saint Martins gave me a
tremendous opportunity to follow poetry, image and presentation into a painting discourse. I look at artists such as Öyvind Fahlström, Max Ernst, André Derain and see a multiplicity which
activates my certain kind of inquiry with paint.
What are your main artistic sources and influences?
I read and analyse music, celebrate friendships and walk around places that I would like to place myself in. When I am assembling a solo project I often have a person in mind, be it a close
friend or family member, people who have influenced me greatly and I present it to them as a dedication. It helps me focus on what are sometimes a very broad set of ideas. Studio communities and
research awards have assisted me too... I lived in New York in 2006 (as part of an internship at Museum of Modern Art during production of Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples/ 1960 to
Now) and have also held residencies at Cité internationale des Arts, Paris (2008); The Florence Trust, London (2009) and Acme Studios' Fire Station Residency in East London (2010-2015) - an area
where I have lived the past 7 years. East London is synonymous with British contemporary art of 1990s and although that art may have lost its focus and migrated towards commercial Mayfair - what
is being maintained here, certainly with the presence of Acme Studios, Bow Arts Trust and many housing associations, is a refreshing resolve to the complex and considerate shifting aspect of
working in London post-Brexit
Strip (paperclip) (2016)
126 x 32 x 1cm
flexed 2-colour anodised aluminium