Installation artist based at Brydekirk, Annan
Tell us a little about what you do and why you love it
I identify myself as an artist or installation artist, with a process-led art practice fuelled by engaging, experimenting, experiencing, and exploring – all key components for the development of my practice, which continues to change and grow. Most of my current work explores our relation with place, through three areas of interest: material, site and memory.
What makes Dumfries and Galloway special to you?
I’m interested in periphery places, overlooked and seemingly ordinary places, of being able to peer under the surface and make new discoveries. Dumfries and Galloway is often represented as a bit in between everywhere, but there are a growing number of people calling for a little more recognition. I’m both rooted here and aspirational for the future of the region.
What projects are you involved in right now?
As well as working independently, I’m really interested in a more collaborative art practice, and as such have been a member of the Stove Network’s curatorial team for the past year and a half. There are a lot of amazing opportunities and new ways of working through being part of a team – from drawing on the expertise of other amazing artists in the region, to developing new ideas collectively, that has grown and changed the way I develop and create works.
I’m also involved in a residency as part of Spring Fling’s Artists in Residence in School project, working alongside artists Morag McPherson and Kirsty Turpie as well as students and staff at Lockerbie Academy.
Hopes, ambitions or plans for 2015?
The Stove Network has exciting plans for the year, with a move into the new HQ at 100 High Street in the Spring and the evolving programme and projects that accompany that. It’s an exciting time to be in Dumfries!
I’m also busy setting up my new studio space in Brydekirk over the next year, giving me more space that I desperately crave to start testing some new ideas and plans.