I saw Corps étranger  by Mona Hatoum for the first time in 1995 when it formed part of the Tate's wonderful Rites of Passage exhibition marking the end of the twentieth century. I was just beginning my art degree then and I'd never seen anything like it; there wasn't anything like it. It made a very deep impression on me, the fibre optic camera moving slowly across the body's landscape and disappearing [...]
I have been a contemporary artist/printmaker for over twenty years with a studio in Tring, Hertfordshire. My work is driven by political and cultural concerns covering issues from Maternal/Female Subjectivity, Eating Dysmorphia and Memory to the Civil War in Syria; it is therefore conceptual and photographic in influence.
An interest in and knowledge of the Polymer Print process is the transformative tool which enables me to create visually strong imagery. Non toxic polymer printmaking is perfect [...]
I have never been all that bothered with colour. As a printmaker I have been obsessed with achieving good, opaque and solid blacks – get two printmakers together and they'll spend most of their time discussing the relative values of the black parts of their works.
But recently a funny thing has happened to me, I've been getting really excited about COLOUR! I have no explanation for this, am I trying to cheer [...]
Cast Crystal Sculpture
15cms x 19cms
Influenced by the Easter Island heads, this rather more domestic scaled piece exploits the ability of glass to trap elements and free them within the illusion of space made solid.
Glass is transparent, you can see through it, it almost isn't there. However this negative quality is juxtaposed by its actual materiality – you can feel it, it can be incredibly strong, it prevents access and it represents a barrier. Because [...]