2017 Sister City, TOPOS, Exeter
2017 Embodied Cartographies, Walcot Chapel, Bath
2017 Troubling Time: An Exploration of Temporality in the Arts, University of Manchester
2017 Performance.Experience.Presence Postgraduate Research Conference, Dartmoor
2017 Arts In The Alps Doctoral Spring School, Université Grenoble Alpes
2017 Fan Studies Network Conference, University of Huddersfield
I am an artist-researcher investigating contemporary myth making. Working with others is central to my practice: often collaborating with location- or interest-based communities. The historical narratives that I explore often relate to notions of the performer, macho and the absurd. Past works have engaged with persona as varied as Harry Houdini, Robert Falcon Scott, Francis Drake, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and William ‘Buffalo Bill’ Cody; and with pop cultural phenomena and their communities such as ‘tombstoning’ (a pastime often practiced in the South West of England by teenage boys, whereby they jump off cliffs into the sea), Mexican telenovelas, late ‘80s and early ‘90s action films, the ostensive acts of local mythologies, roller derby, Westerns and cowboys, scouting, and motivational speaking. I employ strategies of ‘failure’, changes of scale, and an embracing of historical inaccuracy to disrupt expectations and hegemonies in a playful way. The narrative explored determines the outcome of the work: photographs, text, events and actions, performances to camera, sound works and props subvert personal, sited and fictive histories. My practice also addresses the veracity of the archive, particularly the role of lens-based media and documentation in live artworks.
Recent projects include co-directing Video Social Club with artists Steven Paige and Rachel Dobbs, creative producing Social Making: Socially Engaged Practice Now and Next, and exhibitions including: Yes, It Really Happened at Exeter Phoenix; Understand Better at Biquini Wax, Mexico City; Cornwall Autonomous Zone’s Square Eyes at the Market Studios, Dublin and The Exchange, Penzance; Groaners at Videofag, Toronto.
I’m currently a funded MPhil/PhD student at Plymouth University, researching critical iterative methods of making (from reenactments to fan fiction) in contemporary art. I work as an associate lecturer on the Theatre and Performance, Dance and Acting undergraduate programmes at Plymouth; as a visiting lecturer on Fine Art programmes across the South West; and as a Creative Producer for Take a Part.