Artist Statement

In the light of the climate emergency, I explore how humans can best recognise the significance of their connections, with each other, with animals, with growing things, and with the planet. Being aware of this planet-wide intimacy I investigate why humans might be angry at the state we are in, want the viewer to recognise their emotions and discover the role of the artist in change.

I enjoy the haptic qualities of stuff, and contrasts between materials. I work with a wide range of these: hard and soft, natural and synthetic, and may also include found objects. Stitching is an important part of my practice.

In the light of the Black Lives Matter movement I explore my role as a white Western female artist in the move towards global climate justice.

Is the end of the Anthropocene and imminent extinction too frightening to contemplate? In case it is, I use humour, the quirky and the random, the harmony and shock of combinations and contrasts; a range of forms and materials, and differences in scale, alongside the diversity of made by nature and made by humans.

While showing in galleries is of value I also want to facilitate spaces for people to make and show art, alone and together. Making and showing work elsewhere, individually or collaboratively for political action and general audiences is important to me. Art in public spaces, viewed in passing or collaboratively made must be a significant part of enabling change, whether in people’s lives or as part of wider developments in society.

Earlier work reflects earlier concerns such as feminism and mental health issues.

"Everything is about connection. Until you understand what connects you, you have no freedom."
Marina Abramovic