For the past 10 years I have worked with archives, collections and libraries to develop projects that identify and respond to marginal or overlooked histories. This work questions the conventional logics that serve and organise collections. By doing this, it invites critical re-readings of the hierarchies and structures of power which are given voice in their presentation.

With a background in artist bookmaking, my practice is situated in the expanded field of publishing. I work primarily with print media – with sculpture, drawing and video as extensions of that.

I have developed new work from periods of residency within sites such as: The Jacquetta Hawkes Archive, University of Bradford ('Pots before words', 2014, solo show); Armitt Museum, Cumbria ('Sublime Transactions', 2012, group show); Kendal Museum, Cumbria ('Lustre', 2015, solo commission) with Legion TV, London; Sitterwerk Art Library & Material Archive, Switzerland (2018).

In 2017 I was awarded the British Council Scholarship at FLORA, a ten month residency in Bogotá, Colombia; In 2018 I received funding from Arts Council England and British Council’s Artists’ International Development Fund, to undertake a period of research and development in Switzerland. Most recently, I was selected for Hospitalfield Autumn Residency 2019, Arbroath, Scotland.

Further projects have been realised at Bladr and Lokale, Copenhagen; Standpoint Gallery, London; Espacio Vista, Hybrid Festival, Madrid; Whitechapel Gallery, London; OUTPOST, Norwich; CCA, Glasgow and Jerwood Space, London.

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