I make, write and live in two languages and places: Manchester, England and the Massif Central, France. My works are hybrid; they cross disciplines and languages, mix text and image, make old texts new.
The process of making poetry is the same as the one used to make images and books; assembling found materials to an imagined, spontaneous code then worked into traditional paper forms; poems/books/drawings
My sculptural pieces grow out of art-brut and are frequently described as 'visual-fictions' or the'poetics of cast off things'.
Somehow I am always making silk purses from sow's ears
All the works are organically interconnected.
They version and re-version themselves in the studio, shifting growing and mutating according to context.
I approach subjects as an archaeologist might; collecting, classifying, researching, imagining, finding, making story
“The purpose of art is to wash the dust of daily life from our souls.”
MA (distinction)in creative writing;poetry
The University of Manchester, UK
First Class BAhons English with creative writing Ruskin College, Oxford, UK
TEXT & IMAGE projects
1991 Exhibition of drawings Gallery 638 Brighton, UK
1992 Group exhibition MAZE Gallery Brighton, UK
1993 Sussex Artists Open Library Gallery Brighton, UK
1996 '6 femmes aux 6 fontaines' St Julien Molin Molette, FR
1997 mixed Media Gallerie Art et Fact, Ardeche, FR
2002 "L'objet qui parle' Maison de la tour, Chavannay, FR
2003 Group exhibition Gallerie Alchemie, St Etienne, FR
2003 Sculptural installation Chatelet, Bourg Argental, FR
2005 Sculptural installation CIRK, Quintenas, FR
2007 Artificiosa Naturalia St Julien Molin Molette, FR
2012 Textual collaboration with artist CASA Loire, FR
2015 'Mums Books' installation St Julien Molin Molette, FR
2016 The Manchester Anthology, publication Manchester, UK 2016 Myslexia magazine, publication London, UK
2017 Magma Third prize in Editors Poetry Competition London, UK
2018 Magma Second prize in Editors Poetry Competition London, UK