I'm an artist and musician previously based in Birmingham (UK) and have recently moved to Gateshead.
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, and a number of slightly intangible things I would summarise as varying modes of perception and control. I have been a musician for as long as I can remember but I've only been a visual artist since after I completed my undergraduate music degree when I started making abstract drawings as a way to approach from a different angle the same processes I had started exploring 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 currently play in Rachel Musson's Nonet, Surge Orchestra, and in various improvised groups with Tapiwa Svosve, Silvan Schmid, Sarah Farmer, Phil Durrant, Samuel Rodgers and Joe Wright. With Tapiwa Svosve I also co-run the label Physical Correlate.
In 2019 I completed an MA in Fine Art at Margaret Street School of Art in Birmingham. The work I have been making over the past couple of years has been exploring a number of things I have been interested in for a while - in particular, I have been looking for ways to visually elucidate certain relationships between different organisational and perceptual paradigms:
order and disorder
form and content
figure and ground
continuous and discrete information
modularity and singularity
repetition and variation
regularity and irregularity
control and a lack thereof
When I started my MA I was completely focused on making drawings on paper and, although I still do a lot of that, I have extended my practice to incorporate screen printing, cameraless photography, kinetic sculpture, weaving, collage, sound and video.