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Becoming River: Losing myself in the Roanne River, Drôme France, 2012
Made in collaborarion with Hugues Brenot

Continuing my fascination with the perception of space and time, I explore landscapes and other spaces through the selective use of the frame. My work currently exists as painting, performance, photography, collage and installation. In the past I have placed a sky paintings in a space in order to create a porthole back through time, or linked two times and spaces together in juxtaposition through collage. Now after a large pause from making work, projects surrounding current world issues have started to fill my sketchbooks and spill over onto the internet.

Painting became a way of naturally extending ideas that I previously began using video, a way of creating the ultimate still. I re-frame and emphasise occurrences, observing through a window or a camera lens. The glass separates me from my subject and I become an observer of a time. I become engulfed by the enormity of my subject, I become immersed. My day dreams in front of the skies and places I study have a habit of taking me elsewhere. I imagine extensions to existence, I get caught between two times and spaces, I exist between two worlds.

Glass and reflective surfaces remain a constant source of interest. Lakes become mirrors, giving the sky back to the earth. They are like windows on another dimension, breaking the monotony of the horizon and burning a hole in time and space.

 I was born in the East Coast town of Grimsby and graduated from BA Contemporary Arts at Nottingham Trent University in 2004. During 2005-2006 I trained to be a teacher and taught Art for 5 years alongside developing my own work within the artistic community in Cambridge. I left the UK in 2011 and since then I’ve lived and worked in Brussels.

In October 2008 I was awarded second prize in The Carter Jonas Prize for a Young Artist by Cambridge Drawing Society, for my painting Gravity (Christmas Eve 2004). My limited edition artists book Skylogue was winner of Photobook Of The Year at the Digital Printer Awards 2010. In 2015 I won the Prix du Public at Prix Hamesse #31, Brussels. This awarded me the chance to hold an exhibition at Maison Pelgrims, Brussels in September 2016 which I entitled Reflections and Absences. Following this exhibition I went on to win the Mention Patrick Lecomte for photography at Prix Hamesse #32 for a series of photographs taken during the exhibition entitled Counterbalance.

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