I enjoy materials and design and how they can be deployed to change a space and make people react to it. I am a sculptor who should probably be a print maker because I like to visualise things in terms of layers and cut outs. But I just love material too much. I like playing with ‘proletarian’ materials that you can find in B&Q. I love the different qualities of materials and I like to highlight those qualities and play around with them to see what effect I can get. I often work with power tools, I wish I had a lot more of them so my scope for doing different things with them was larger. The layers that make up plywood are just so nice.
I often thought about the build-up of sheets of glass in my Glass and Ceramics degree. Now I like to think about archeological layers and layers of time, all built on top of each other like very thick sheets of plywood. Orange appears a lot in my work because not only is it just the nicest colour, but it’s also the colour of traffic cones and B&Q and high-vis.
Design is often a necessarily constraint-based practice; my current work explores this design ethos and it influences how I make art. Design offers a constraint, one must be able to sit down on a chair. I often think about a universal object or a strange thing I notice in the street, this becomes my constraint. I then think about how material and context can attach meaning to it.
I like dedicating time towards objects, so I also think about the fact that I’ve made things that just hang around and take up space. I contemplate the archeology of the future and the labour and effort that goes into creating things that will one day be archeology. We’re making archaeology today through pedestrian objects.
I often think about how infrastructure will (or wont) change to ACCOMMODATE these things that ACCUMULATE or evolve. You can create INFINITE designs for the INFINITE things that would change in INFINITE futures. I often design for utopia or think about the design flaws that stand in the way of utopia.
The best example of this is the idea of ‘kipple’ in Phillip K Dick’s ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ - kipple is just stuff, rubbish that will eventually take over the world. this can relate to the story that local councils do not have enough space to store all the traffic cones they own; construction work can no longer stop. I like to think about these stories becoming reality, because I see them as the points where our surroundings and infrastructure intercept our human lives beyond sitting on a chair. In the future we may still design objects to serve our purposes. But will those purposes change, and will more things that exist now become obsolete?
I'm ALSO ONE HALF OF THE SPAGHETTI FACTORY ALONG WITH JENNY MC NAMARA - A CURATORIAL PROJECT THAT STARTED AS ONE NIGHT EXHIBITIONS IN our HOUSE, BUT HAS NOW EXPANDED AND BECOME SATELLITE WITH PROJECTS INVOLVING GUEST CURATION, PASTA MAKING WORKSHOPS AND COLLABORATIONS WITH GALLERIES.
I'm also PART OF THIS YEAR'S NEWBRIDGE PROJECT PROGRAMME COMMITTEE.
DEGREE: GLASS AND CERAMICS BA
UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND (GRADUATED 2017 WITH 1:1)
SEMESTER AT SOUTHWESTERN LIBERAL ARTIS COLLEGE (2016)
PREVIOUS: ART AND DESIGN EXTENDED DIPLOMA
HARROGATE COLLEGE (2012)
EXHIBITIONS (GROUP SHOWS):
2021 Now That's What I Call Art, Newcastle contemporary art, Newcastle, Uk
BALTIC OPEN, BALTIC CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART, GATESHEAD, UK
2020 SCRAMBLE, PINEAPPLE BLACK, MIDDLESBROUGH, UK
THE SPAGHETTI FACTORY PRESENTS… US!, 36 LIME STREET, NEWCASTLE, UK
[INSERT EXHIBITION TEXT HERE] SYSTEM, XL GALLERY, NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY, UK
2019 MANNER OF FLYING, SYSTEM GALLERY, NEWCASTLE, UK
AUTONOMY, MIDDLESBROUGH ART WEEKENDER, MIDDLESBROUGH, UK
2018 WHERE ARE YOU IN THESE INTERESTING TIMES ? AIR GALLERY, MANCHESTER, UK
(CURATED BY SCAFFOLD GALLERY)
MIDDLESBROUGH ART WEEKENDER, MIDDLESBROUGH, UK
2017 YOUNG GLASS, NATIONAL GLASS CENTRE, SUNDERLAND, UK
(PREVIOUSLY IN GLASMUSEET EBELTOFT, DENMARK AND GLASS FACTORY, SWEDEN)
KLEPTOMANIA, CHALMERS BEQUEST GALLERY, STOKE NEWINGTON, UK
CRAFTED WITH INTENT, SYSTEM GALLERY, NEWCASTLE, UK
GLASS AND CERAMICS DEGREE SHOW, NATIONAL GLASS CENTRE, SUNDERLAND, UK
2016 ANNUAL ART EXHIBITION, SAROFIM GALLERY, GEORGETOWN TX
2015 CLANDESTINE COLLECTIVE, SOLO ARTS, SUNDERLAND, UK
SHY BAIRNS, “THE ONLY PIZZA SHOP IN MY TOWN BURNT DOWN” 2016
Young Artists in Conversation "The Spaghetti Factory", March 2020
THE SPAGHETTI FACTORY PRESENTS...
HARRY PICKUP (APRIL 2018)
REBECCA EELBECK (JUNE 2018)
DANIEL DALE (AUGUST 2018)
ED LAWRENSON (OCTOBER 2018)
MEGHAN DARBY (NOVEMBER 2018)
LILY SENNER (FEBRUARY 2019)
MAG JITTAKSA (MARCH 2019)
JACK CONNOR KEMP (JUNE 2019)
2019 FOUR PACK, SYSTEM GALLERY, NEWCASTLE, JULY
MANNER OF FLYING, SYSTEM GALLERY, NEWCASTLE, SEPTEMBER
HOT NEW IT 1 & 2, SUNDERLAND MUSEUM AND WINTER GARDENS, OCTOBER-JUNE 2019/2020
2020 Hot new it 3, Billboard in Sunderland City Centre
2021 STAKING CLAIMS ON THE DISTANCE, ONLINE EXHIBITION AND LIVE COMMISSION FOR THE NEWBRIDGE PROJECT
Now that's what I call Art, Newcastle Contemporary Art, Newcastle, December
PASTA MAKING WORKSHOPS...
WAYS OF SEEING, BALTIC39, NEWCASTLE, APRIL 2019
THE LATE SHOWS, GOLDTAPPED, NEWCASTLE, MAY 2019
THE NEWBRIDGE COLLECTIVE STUDIO, ZOOM, SEPTEMBER 2020
PROGRAMME COMITTEE THE NEWBRIDGE PROJECT, NEWCASTLE
ARTIST ASSISTANT current: ANTONY GORMLEY, HEXHAM STUDIOS
PATRICIA MATO MORA, FUNDACIO PILAR I JOAN MIRO, MALLORCA
ART HANDLER SAROFIM GALLERY, FOUR MONTH PLACEMENT, GEORGETOWN TX
Baltic, gateshead, uk
ART TECHNICIAN ST CUTHBERTS HIGH SCHOOL, NEWCASTLE
GALLERY ASSISTANT BALTIC, GATESHEAD
NATIONAL GLASS CENTRE, SUNDERLAND
BEDE’S WORLD, JARROW