Parents went to Leeds Art College where they became evangelical christian missionaries. My life is influenced by my reaction to religion through art, and early experience of music. Always drawn, becoming more refined into markmaking by a process of improvisation. Degree in Environmental Science;poetry;ecologist;degree in Art; MA in Art 2003, Leeds Met. University. Scholarship to study philosophy (International Society for Philosophers);some languages; teaching; permaculture. interest in feminism, spirituality, science.
I made many artists books entirely of drawings (post-conceptual)- these are in international exhibitions and collections including Tate Library. Work in many solo and group exhibitions including often in Cupola Gallery, Sheffield; residencies including in Art House Wakefield; artists talks.
For the last 2 years with some of the finest improvising musicians producing audiovisual concerts (Iklectik, London and Access, Sheffield) playing and vocalising the drawings.
2019 Making Ways grant from Sheffield Culture Consortium.
Now living at Unstone Grange, rural retreat. vocalising the drawings myself. making nature drawings, shamanic now.
photo by Rebecca Williams
Page 1. taking canvas panel (20 x 20cm) to the woods and 'asking nature for a peaceful drawing'. following birds, shadows, not looking, looking for colour, using natures colours, until some sign of perspective emerges...silence, jaz formation....deep silence where the connections and all potential is....
'The Four Dragons' Damo Mitchell
'Light on Yoga' BKS Iyengar
'The Power of Feminist Art' ed. Broude and Garrard
RHS Book of Pruning and Training
Navajo beauty walk
Virgil 'the Georgics'
Tibet the path to wisdom, SLICE film https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV4DmbagWHQ
Braccha L Ettinger
Thich Nhat Hanh
I made 67 scores, 20 x 20cm monthly canvas panels, in paint, ink, pencil- improvised, abstract, minimal. These have been improvised/played by musicians including myself. Some very short videos made combining score/drawing with the sound response. These are on YouTube and my website. Also a compilation medley of videos (10 minutes).
In 2022, on the same monthly canvas panels, the intention of freedom changed to an intention of peace, the process being asking for help from/working with nature. The new drawings are made by/with natural materials, covering much more of the surface area.
Directly learning from nature (plants, creatures, elements, light) the colours to add directly to the canvas, in an immediate unplanned way (improvised, going with the flow) seeing nature as intelligent and that it is itself working towards its survival, even letting nature do art, trying to be nature's curator, in respect.
My definition of nature is Foucault's:- 'that which can be objectified'. (but shouldnt)
'mysticism- is ecology- the complex unseen relationships of organisms and their nuances...relating to the linguistic traditions of humanity' Harry Gould Harvey in Art Review April 2022
CONNECTION TO NATURE
Appreciation, Beauty, Appropriation. ‘The God Father made them all’. Mad unthinking woman. Doodle drawings.
Environmental Science. Ecology, permaculture, climate change, biodiversity. Representation, figuration. women are nature and must be experimented on, punished, controlled.
Figuration/-Abstraction Cezanne Abstract drawings.
Energetic, Imaginative, Philosophical. Haraway, Castaneda, D'Aoust. Spirit. Woman and nature are allies, intelligent together for survival, free-ing each other. Drawings with/by nature.
The silence of death and the silence of nature are the same are they?