I am a public artist working across a variety of mediums and approaches. Opportunities for collaboration, experimentation and learning direct my creative work as it continues to develop. I still consider myself to be very much an emerging artist, driven by inquisitive, interactive exchange with a wide range of places and communities.
My work is an embedded practice of settling, establishing projects alongside and as part of communities, creating work that has its foundations in a sense of place.
I am often at once artist, curator, maker, participant, producer, citizen and explorer.
Previous projects include permanent public artworks, temporary site-specific or participatory works, sculpture, lettering and sound based installations.
I balance a combination of lead artist and curating or facilitating roles throughout my practice. I see curating and gathering as a means by which to make on a larger scale. This can include making space for, or creating space for people to gather and linger. I create this with the same authenticity, the same drive and consideration as I approach all of my individual artworks.
Creativity is a means of exploring our identity, environment and belonging to a place. I aim for creative process to be a means of problem solving and discovery, opening the opportunity to be part of a wider social dialogue.
Work featured includes my own studio practice, as well as reflections on collaborative projects – particularly as part of the Stove Network – where I have been a part of the team as a freelancer for the past eight years. The Stove is an arts and community organisation based in Dumfries town centre, running a high street building alongside collaborative projects that inspire, activate and lead positive change for the future of the town and region.