The work is an investigation into embodiment, into how to connect to the body, using materials as interface. I watch and act with materials with great attention. I focus on how they move, how they feel, how they sound; how my body feels when connected with them. I treat them as another body to relate to. I choose materials out of desire; following desire is fundamental in embodied learning, in play. They are usually everyday materials that are responsive to the body in terms of touch, sound, sensation: ducting / foam / ping pong balls, etc.
The work is often a result of finding a moment in which something emerges in the interaction between my body and the material that surprises me – something new that I don’t yet know or understand. I then focus in on this and through repetition / sculpture / zooming in on it, I amplify it to understand it more myself and to share it with others. The work is about me – my learning to connect through materials and my psychological projections onto materials.
With the wearable sculptures, I look at how my body merges with materials, how together they can become a fleeting third body, and then separate again. The wearables can be grounding, proprioceptive tools, telling my body where it is in space, and they are also shields. The tension between isolation and connection is at the core of the work. It is important to connect with ourselves and others, and at the same time very difficult. As well as serious, the work has a lot of humour / joy in it. The idea of failing to connect is held gently. Acknowledging the difficulty of connection can be connecting.
Alongside my studio practice, I facilitate sensory art with hospitals and in communities. Recently I have worked with Hart Club, Great Ormond St. Hospital, Polka Theatre. The idea of play as learning is fundamental to my practice. Joanna Grace’s sensory work for individuals with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities is a big influence. Hans-Georg Gadamer’s analysis of play is relevant, as are Franco Berardi’s theories on new systems. Current artist influences include Tehching Hsieh, Yvonne Rainer, Harrison and Wood. My research is an investigation into structures that facilitate embodied play.