I am a musician, writer and visual artist, discovering and searching for ways to express what goes on inside my brain in a way that I hope may help others to understand their own heads, relate to mine and not feel so lonely, or just be inspired to be creative themselves.
At present my work is predominantly in ink and textiles, but I also work in watercolours, acrylics, pastels and clay. In the future I hope to learn more, and expand my knowledge and practise, of both digital photography and sculpture.
After being awarded a Katherine McGillivray Get a Life Fund in 2017, I studied (and continue to study) the life and work of Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist and incredible woman who has become something of a hero to me. Her battle with the past, the way she created art to express her difficult emotions, her indomitable character, a complete inspiration. She was only truly recognised as a great artist in her seventies so there is time yet for the rest of us!
I have visited the house she lived and worked the last twenty years of her life in, seen the largest exhibition ever of her print work at MoMA in New York, travelled to New York State and Massachusetts to see the showing of her work at Dia Beacon and MassMOCA. I have been to Washington DC to see a large exhibition of her work at Glenstone, visited Hauser and Wirth Somerset, and consequently given a very successful gallery talk at the Bourgeois exhibition at Kettles Yard, Cambridge.
In 2020 I hoped to spend a month residency at the Icelandic Textile Center – obviously that didn’t happen, maybe one day!
In the future I’d like to concentrate on a fabric sculpture project, and also hope to realise a cross-over project using both my musical and visual art skills to create an audio-visual installation piece. In the meantime, I am loving producing prints, both original work, and also work digitally created.
My visual artistic practise has a very positive impact on my musical career, and I believe wholeheartedly that this will always continue to be the case. Expressing my emotions and creativity through visual art is ever more crucial to my well-being. Increasing my confidence and self-esteem, it influences not only my personal life, but also my life as a musician, partner, mother and friend.