about

Artist and Researcher with over 15 years of exhibition experience, curatorial practice, and critical research/publications; specialising in theological expression and interpretation through/of photographs and the photographic.

At school, I did Physics and Maths alongside Art & Design because I liked scientific visualisation. I liked ‘getting’ what I saw, especially the mechanics of illusory trompe-l’oeil painting (and especially the incredible pillars at the Bruchsal Palace in Germany). In my adult mind, photography’s superlative trompe-l’oeil magic is like a star-clustered nebula unveiling myriad ways in which we speak in illusions to each other and ourselves. The nebula has an extremely wide colour gamut of photographic practices: in my life I’ve known wedding photographers, studio print businesses, graphic designers, paparazzi, digital artists, forensic recorders, Instagram fanatics and my mum with her 35mm disposable cameras.

I prefer to sit on the edge of the practitioner spectrum, keeping in view the nebula as a whole – which is, after all, rather beautiful. I make a habit of looking critically at photographic looking, and expecting to find it decidedly unscientific. I also trace its theories and its histories for spirituality, and its users (including myself), for their belief in its technology. In particular, I’m interested in how photography’s own language brings realism to theological ideas and vice versa (especially through the Bible’s lens). I ask whether the ghost in the machine might turn out to be God. And so I write and I make photographs and I read and I look.

I married a man who keeps my feet on earth’s ground, like his biblical namesake, and we have two gravity-defying children. I live in Lacock, Wiltshire, the origin of the photographic Big Bang, where William Henry Fox Talbot happened to write about Genesis as well as creating his own.

solo exhibitions
2015 Artist-in-Residence Open Exhibition, Trinity College, Bristol.
2012 Elemental, Glenfall House, Cheltenham. Also The Glass Room, Colston Hall and St Stephen’s Church, as part of the Bristol Festival of Photography.
2010 Bristol Through the Lens, The Photo Gallery, Photographique, Bristol. Toured to The New Room, John Wesley’s Chapel, Bristol, 2011; and St George’s Bristol, 2012.
2008 Hope Soars, St Martin in the Bull Ring, Birmingham, with ArtsFest and Hope08. Toured to Christ Church Clifton, Bristol, 2008; Parkgate and Neston URC, the Wirral, 2009; and Cairns Road Baptist Church, Bristol, 2009.
2006 The Passion, Bristol Cathedral, Bristol. Restaged annually at Christ Church Clifton, Bristol, 2008-2014, for schools’ project The Easter Experience.
2004 Faith on Dartmoor, High Moorland Visitor Centre, Princetown, Devon. Touring to St Lawrence’s Chapel, Ashburton, and Exeter Cathedral, Exeter.
selected group exhibitions
2014 Standing Room Only, Bristol Cathedral
2014 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London
2013 Stewards of the Earth, Sarum College, Salisbury
2011 Faith in the City, Red Gallery, Shoreditch, London
2011 Walking Through the Veil, The Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
2011 Unsigned, View Art Gallery, Bristol
2011 Open Photography 2, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol
2010 Grace Festivals, various venues, Glastonbury
2008 Create, Symposium on ‘New Ways to use Print Technology on Paper’, UWE, Bristol
2008 Art in the Market Place, Royal Bath & Weston Showground, Somerset
2007 Set All Free, The Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
prizes
2013 Shortlisted, Lumen Prize, ArcadeCardiff, Cardiff; online
2012 Shortlisted, Best Set of Images, RGB Awards, The Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
2010 First Prize, Clifton Suspension Bridge Competition, Gallery 2C, Bristol
2010 Shortlisted, Urbis Prize, The Grant Bradley Gallery, Bristol
2005 Shortlisted, Stations of the Cross Competition, St Mary’s Stoke Newington, London
2004 Shortlisted, South West Photo Competition (Regional Development Agency), Exeter