MA Art Gallery & Museum Studies, University of Leeds
BA Hons Fine Art (2/1), Aberystwyth University
Studied Advanced Media Production at Aberystwyth University
Visual Artist & Academic
Multi-Disciplinary Cultural Sector freelancer based in West Wales.
Research Interests Include
Youth Engagement in the Arts & Heritage Sector outside of the classroom, The Interrelation of Colours, 20th century domestic Photography, The Heritage management of historic community and ecclesiastical sites, town development and cultural and social history especially in relation to the Welsh town of Aberystwyth
My painting and collage work explores the relationship of colours and shapes. Inspired often by snapshots of found compositions from both my travels in the UK and everyday live.
In Recent times my work has explored the creation of geometric works inspired by the Welsh landscape, drawing on influences from modern and postmodern visual art.
One line of enquiry in my work surrounds the use of historical locations, archive documents, historical Artefacts. Bringing Contemporary methods and Historical research together in a celebration of them both. Finding new and interesting ways to try and engage with history and creating compositions which whilst are fundamentally new have their beginnings in the historical.
Writing & Academic Study
My Academic background is of course in Fine Art, however I maintain an interest in other areas of study, currently completing a Masters at the University of Leeds in Art Gallery and Museum Studies, in which I have explored issues of management of heritage sites, especially in the case of Historic Burial grounds, places of worship and community buildings, as well as the use of contemporary art to help engage museum audiences in history and the management of Urban heritage sites.
I maintain a small collection of 1500+ domestic photographs mainly sourced from auctions, currently this collection is being research and catalogued as part of an ongoing project. The reason for creating this collection was to protect a small amount of the photographs that often come up at online auctions.
On occasion facsimiles of these photographs are used as inspiration for artworks.
The research from this ongoing project was recently displayed in a online exhibition curated as part of work at the University of Leeds. More information can be read about this in the Curation section of the portfolio. I hope these photographs can add a human aspect to the complexities of recent history.