Innovation and experimentation are central to my practice. I am keen to experiment with both sculptural form and content.
I was awarded a professional development and research grant from the Arts Council to research recent developments in digital metalworking and computer aided design techniques and apply these to experimental works that explore our internal body landscape.
I worked together with steel industry professionals, researching the latest metalworking techniques with emphasis on digital techniques and the use of 3D computer aided design. In recent years there have been huge technological advances made in the engineering field due to the digital revolution and these have largely yet to be applied sculpturally in terms of the development of form and contextual content.
I used this opportunity to explore our internal landscapes and models of body perception. I investigated internal forms and digital landscapes produced by modern scans, looked at issues as health and ill-health, disease and our understanding of our internal organs and our relationship with them – also in relation to our cosmetic surface. I looked at chaos and structure within the body looking at what is within and removed from our control. I utilised MRI scans, EBT Scans, CT Scans. Medical research was assisted by doctors in Bristol and London and collaboration with the University of Bristol.
I am constantly experimenting with new materials and contemporary metal working techniques. Recently I have been researching different etching processes on stainless steel and have arrived at an interesting new way to create surface detail with aluminium oxide.
I also continue to engage in different fields such as enamelling and glass work, to explore how these can combine and feed into my practice. I recently attended a course at UWE specifically encouraging artists working in the public realm to incorporate glass enamel in their public artwork.