For the past 12 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.

In 2021 a new video work ...Y el barro se hizo eterno (...And the Mud Became Eternal) was central to a solo show at Chelsea Space, London. The video is a result of research within archaeological collections and archives in Bogotá, Colombia.

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 (Residual Stacks, 2018). In 2017 she was awarded the British Council Scholarship at FLORA, a ten month residency in Bogotá.

Further projects have been realised at Whitechapel, London; OUTPOST, Norwich; CCA, Glasgow; Jerwood Space, London; La Casita, Bogotá; Bladr, Copenhagen and Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich.

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