About

About

photo © Marcin Sz

I'm an artist and musician previously based in Birmingham (UK) and based in Gateshead since 2020.

The art and the music I make are related to one another - in both areas I'm interested in perceptual phenomena; feedback systems; interference patterns; varying modes of perception and control. I have played music since I was a child but I only started making visual art after my undergraduate music degree when I started making abstract drawings as a way to approach from a different perspective the same systems and processes I had been interested in as a composer.

I now play mostly contemporary experimental music, usually improvised and primarily on the viola and tabletop mandolin. I also play Swedish and Norwegian traditional dance music on the fiddle. I have performed and recorded in the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Slovenia, and have played with Tapiwa Svosve, Silvan Schmid, Eddie Prévost, Sarah Farmer, Andrew Woodhead, Phil Durrant, Samuel Rodgers, James Opstad, Mark Sanders, Rachel Musson, Hannah Marshall, Xhosa Cole, James Malone and Joe Wright. With Tapiwa Svosve I also co-run the label Physical Correlate.

A lot of my work as a visual artist explores emergent phenomena of systematic processes: cognitive-manual feedback loops; interference patterns; organic/inorganic growth mechanisms.

I'm interested in the nuances and contradictions that apparently opposing organizing principles and perceptual paradigms can generate in relation to each other:

order and disorder
form and content
figure and ground
continuous and discrete information
modularity and singularity
regularity and irregularity
repetition and variation
control and a lack thereof