Born in Bradford in 1972, and grew up in Doncaster during the miners strike until I left for London at 18. I’ve lived mostly in East London, spending four years studying jewellery design at a polytechnic that had ideas above its station and became a university. Exhibited on graduating and had a solo show which gave me a brief taste of the high life before determining that in order to eat and pay a mortgage, paid employment must be sought.
I’ve had many jobs but have only ever wanted to be an artist. A brief experiment in keeping house rabbits in 1997 led to the idea that the responsibility of marriage, house and children may not be so hard, but have spent the last ten years realising it wasn’t a fair comparison.
I live in Romford with my two children – after bleaching my own toilet and performing all the other mundane domestic tasks which keep us civilised, I work in a large shed at the bottom of my garden.
My work seeks to highlight the aspects of our lives we tend to sweep under the carpet, those grey areas we keep hidden for fear of ridicule. I’m interested in the personality traits we edit out, the ones which make us unique and our lives richer. More than ever we are presented with a technological, polished version of life to aspire to by the media, and we have new opportunities to create our own presentation.
I grew up in a different age, with inadequate hair products, before crisps came in tubes, and measuring how popular we are wasn’t by the number of ‘likes’ ‘friends’ and ‘followers’ you had. I fear we’re losing important communication skills, and hope that I can make some lost connections with those that don’t feel they fit into the new sleek ‘sexier’ version of the world.