My work engages with drawing, digital painting, collage, creative writing, performance and filmmaking. I explore themes of virtual identity, performativity and sexuality, specifically in relation to the narrative forms of queer stories: how they are told, their myths, anecdotes and contexts.
To develop visual and performance narratives, my research exploits ethnographic tools such as participant observation, field studies and interviews chronicling the experiences of queer participants. I also utilise digital ethnography where I create avatars that live within social media websites to develop virtual relationships with other users, harvest digital images and collect narratives.
The work I produce combines this diversity of research, blending factual and fictional material, to create new visual and written narratives. My current work explores the erasure of sexual publics caused by the ubiquity of social media platforms and queer acceptance of heteronormative privacy. Through the parody of a domestic craft methodology, 'painting by numbers', stills from digital films are repurposed as contemporary landscape drawings and paintings but are left incomplete: the sex act, the human element is absent from the context.
PhD, Edinburgh College of Art, 2016 – 2020.
- Recipient of College Research Award and ECA Scholarship.
BA (Hons) Intermedia Art, Edinburgh College of Art, 2015.
- Recipient of the Barns-Graham Travel Award.
- Recipient of the Katherine Michaelson Prize for Dissertation.
Dip. Arch (Mackintosh), The Glasgow School of Art, 1994.
B’Arch (Hons), The Glasgow School of Art, 1993.
MESH - Lines of Inquiry, Exhibition Curator, Maclaurin Gallery, Ayr, 2017.
Flop Culture, Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh, 2016.
New Scottish Artists 2016, The Fleming Collection, London, 2016.
RSA New Contemporaries 2016, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, 2016.
Shift and Spin, Stanley Mills, Stanley, Perthshire, 2015.
Square Egg, Whitespace, Edinburgh, 2015.
ALT., Bargain Spot, Edinburgh, 2015.
Not As Yet, Space Club, Edinburgh, 2014.
Urban Edinburgh: Turnstyles, Edinburgh, 2012.
Drouthy Cronies, Arts Complex, Edinburgh, 2011.
Bored Games. Spoken-word performance, The Fifth Evening at the Whitespace Gallery, 2017.
Over. Spoken-word performance, The Fourth Evening at the Whitespace Gallery, 2017.
Ping! Spoken-word performance, Friday Talk Event, Edinburgh College of Art, 2017
Sade_Gimp_69, Monologue. Pollyanna, Paradise Palms, Edinburgh, 2015.
What do you want from me?, 2015.
Visions of Flight, Rowanfield School, Edinburgh, 2014.
Splashing Out; The Water Foot-print of our Daily Lives. Trinity Academy, Edinburgh College of Art and The University of Edinburgh, 2013.
Talks and Seminars:
Art Practice and Community Projects, Edinburgh Napier University, 2014.
Methods of Creative Practice, Edinburgh Napier University, 2014.