Statement

Acid soaked steel molluscs currently populate my work, their etched surfaces containing organic systems and pathways. In my installations synthetic geology interacts with an ordered world of coils, ovals and voids. Molten slag has erupted from the furnace, frothing and flowing over and inside the shell of a now extinct organism, leaving behind a fossil remnant. Like a soft bodied creature, my work takes the form of collections that expand and contract with the space available to it.

My work often evolves from research into natural history collection and display. Historic shell collections and the carrier snail Xenophora is a focus of this research at the moment. I work with processes in the studio that mimic events in nature through the involvement of chemical reactions, heat and pressure. I am interested in the overlap between the natural and industrial and have been working with slag, a kind of human made volcanic rock formed through metal casting. My installations and works in series represent semi-fictional environments inspired by field visits to museums, workshops, quarries and foundries.

My practice fuses sculpture and print processes. I pull prints directly from parts of sculptures and gather a two-dimensional version of the work. The prints are sculptures within a narrow space.