My studio practice can take over my home in Somerset as I explore a variety of processes including painting, textiles, sculpture and mixed media collage. I'm currently working on a series of sewn large portraits, The Absurd Sewn Selfies, taking a look at the process of my own ageing. These follow on from the collection tracing my mum’s life, the Dementia Darnings, which have been exhibited widely in this country, Europe and in China.
The obsession with dolls was born from The Nature Of Mending, an Arts Council funded project when I explored damaged dolls in the stores of the Priests House Museum in Dorset. This led to as series of painted portraits which have been photographed by Rupert. I have then taken the subsequent giclee prints and manipulated the image which has then been photographed and made into another giclee print.. Neat.
Working with Rupert has been very important for my practice. He is very flexible and responsive to my dilemmas. Photographing textiles is tricky and he is very generous with his time and patient as I work towards arriving at what I consider to be the best possible image of my work. I am also grateful that he stores the photos and will send them out to curators/journalists etc. as I am not confident with this process.