Artist / Researcher / Educator
“The more radically I get it wrong when imaging the analog of your inner state in myself, the less I succeed in understanding yours. The less I succeed in understanding yours, the more the coordination of our actions must depend on convention or force or detailed verbal agreement”
︎ Adrian Piper, 1991, p.726
“The most Gothic description of Capital is also the most accurate. Capital is an abstract parasite, an insatiable vampire and zombie- maker; but the living flesh it converts into dead labor is ours, and the zombies it makes are us.”
︎ Mark Fisher, 2009, p.19
I'm an artist, researcher and educator concerned with making socially engaged site specific artwork. I use print design, sound installations and built structures as main mediums to explore and listen to personal stories of everyday life, with particular interest in class identity, social mobility and economic inequality.
I'm currently a PhD candidate at UWE DCRC, part of the 3d3 consortium. My praxis-research examines how working-class identity and experience is excluded from socially engaged art (and the creative industries at large), and what can be done through the process of artistic collaboration and critique to address such exclusions.
Through my praxis-research, I evaluate meeting-listening processes as a method of challenging exclusory tendencies of the art world and society at large. Essentially, I’m interested in how we listen, the affective potential of listening to each other, and if listening to marginalized working-class voices has aesthetic, political and social impact and value.
I see teaching as an integral part of my creative praxis. It’s a space where I get to explore new ideas, apply my praxis-research and enter into dialogue with students and peers. In my teaching praxis, I draw on slow design and participatory learning principles, using teaching and learning methods such as iterative experimentation, self-reflection and emergent thinking. I’m a big fan of decolonizing the curriculum, in particular, exploring how socio-economic background intersects with participation and attainment in the context of Higher Education.
I’ve received a range of awards for my work and exhibited widely. I continue to present my work at academic conferences and public events. Most recently, I shared work at the Radio as Social Media Conference at the University of Siena and Internoise in Madrid.
Alongside my praxis, I'm unit leader and lecturer in contextual and theoretical studies at LCC, University of the Arts London.