I specialises in kiln formed glass, creating sculptures for private and corporate commissions, artist residencies and create site-specific installations.
Or I did, until I had three children, PND x 3 and started another business. So this year I decided it was time to start again. My last solo show was in 2007 with ‘Little Black Book’. My next solo show is in 2018 and so the development begins!
It is language, discourse and the process of negotiating meaning and truth, which informs my work. The act of penetrating glass forms with fragments of text is literally and metaphorically an act of vitrification, transforming the everyday speech that passes between us.
I view my work an emotional journey and endeavour to define an aspect of self-presence in my pieces, an ambitious challenge but one, which distinguishes my work from the purely decorative kiln glass artists. Text is used as decoration, to both disguise and articulate the glass forms, but it also enables the work to speak of issues beyond the purely aesthetic.
I am developing a new body of work reflecting on relationships, communication and the use of language both spoken and unspoken. I am interested in exploring the use of projection, reflection, light and shadow to echo intense experiences reflecting on personal relationships and living with PND: the untouchable emotions, celebrating the comfortable silence and expressing the mental chaos.
In previous work the font for my text was very plain, bold and no punctuation or spaces. This was to remove any emotion attached to the work and also make it difficult for the viewer to read. In fact, I hate the thought of someone actually spending the time to try and read my deepest darkest thoughts. Now, I am looking back on my experience with PND and dealing with the thoughts and emotions. I am finding my own handwriting has become the main focus in the work and I am now developing new skills to be able to write with glass.
The A-N Development Bursary and AA2A Scheme at Sunderland University has allowed me to explore new technologies and processes in glass to help realise my goals.
I worked with artist Zoe Garner at the National Glass Centre learning the very difficult technique of lampworking.
I also worked with Balin Design to develop skills with 3D modelling programs. Learning to turn my sketches into 3D models and then apply this to laser cutting and waterjet cutting.
Using my CAD sketches lead to the next phase of development with York College experimenting using the 3D printing equipment. This is an area I am keen to develop further and I am looking into further funding to allow this.
I will focus on each area of my development in future blogs. But for now my development work is in exhibition at Hartlepool Art Gallery until the 30th September 2016.