I am a visual artist who is making work looking at and researching into ideas of autobiographical memory and its relationships with photographic images. This work is made up of a number of installations that use SLR cameras and a light source to create photographic projectors. They use photographic slides as their image source and are attempts to create a sense of memories being fuzzy narratives that can constantly change and be changed. These projected photographic images are an exploration into experiences of remembering and forgetting. They are attempts to evoke a form of ‘paramnesia’, whereby fantasy and reality collapse to create a sense of déjà vu.
Photographic images are, like memories, a testament to our complex and elusive past. This idea that photography has altered our perception of the past, and even the perception of time itself, is central to this work. Photographic images are seen as a living ghost of the past, here and not here at the same time, which creates a fundamental shift in the way the world is perceived and conceived.
These installations are an attempt to make manifest some of these ideas and illuminate further the relationships between photographic images and the construction of our autobiographical memories.
I completed an AHRB funded practice-led PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London. I studied BA Sculpture at Chelsea School of Art and Design and then went to the Slade School of Fine Art for his postgraduate studies. I was then awarded the Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts.
I am a visiting lecturer and a PhD Director of Studies and Supervisor at Wimbledon School of Art. I am the Masters Programme Leader in the Architecture, Design and Construction School at the University of Greenwich. I am the External Examiner for the Design Cluster at London Metropolitan University.
I have exhibited widely, most recently and installation at Dilston Grove for Cafe Gallery Projects called ‘Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae’ which was funded by an individual grant from the Arts Council of England. Also exhibited in a group show organised by Curating Video entitled EPISODE at temporarycontemporary, London which travelled to Leeds and Miami.
In 2000 I started a full-time AHRB funded practice based PhD at Goldsmiths College. This was completed in 2005 and I have continued to practice and be involved in practice-based research ever since. This phase of practice and research culminated in an Arts Council for England funded exhibition at Dilston Grove, Cafe Gallery Projects in 2008. As an artist I have been excited by the dynamic relationships between research, theory and practice and how these relationships can be mutually beneficial to my own and others work. As a supervisor of practice-based PhDs I have taken a keen interest in the continuing and often contradictory developments in the way they are thought about in the educational institutions I have worked in over the last 10 years. The paradoxes and fluidity of the various manifestations of practice-based and practice-led research has both intrigued and frustrated me in equal measure. This scoping project will be an opportunity to look more closely at the current states of debate surrounding practice and research and above all be a useful piece of research to the students and staff of UAL.