I am a Northern Irish artist now living in Kent.
Throughout my career I have worked with many artists in diverse contexts: touring theatre companies, university departments, in EU projects, as a director in the Arts Council of England and currently as a project manager for Folkestone Triennial 2021.
I have been developing my own artistic practice since 2009, exhibiting and creating site-responsive installations, completing an MA in Fine Art at UCA in Canterbury in 2015. In 2016 I won the Ashurst Emerging Sculptor Award with ‘Stains’. In 2018 I spent a month in Johnson, Vermont on a sculpture residency and in 2019 set up my own workspace, Bouverie Studio.
I make site-responsive installations often using reclaimed materials and found objects, appropriating discarded, once-functional objects which have lost their original authority or purpose: a metal foldup bed, a vintage milk crate, a wine-stained communion tray, glass roof tiles. Incorporating other materials held to have more value or impact – stained glass, vintage photographs, neon light – draws attention to what is valued and what is discarded.
An old bedframe hung with stained glass fragments conjures fantasies or nightmares; a river of reclaimed glass pantiles transforms into ‘miraculous’ light; a Mondrian-esque lighthouse beams out to the lost; Perspex hands mounted on a fake classical plinth – are we clapping or praying?