I am a multi-disciplinary artist working predominantly with photography. I explore themes of decay, desire, sexuality, waste, indulgence and consumption. I grew up in London and now reside in St Leonards-on-sea after having my daughter 3 years ago.
Out of necessity – I needed a creative outlet as a teenager growing up in a tiny flat and photography was something I could keep on my computer, out of the way! I started shooting 35mm film and uploading onto websites like Flickr and Tumblr, where I ended up meeting most of my closest friends through a network of young photographers.
When I was younger I loved artists like Paula Rego, Pipilotti Wrist and Nan Goldin. These days I’m more inspired by other women in my life. No one famous or anyone on any pedestal. Life is different for women artists now, I find other artists less and less relatable. It’s harder to be an artist if you’re from a working class background. I admire women I know who are strong and real and funny. I feel incredibly lucky to have my mum and very lucky to be represented by T J Boulting, who is run by Hannah Watson single handedly.
The lack of interest in the mainstream ideals of beauty and expectations. I don’t find it desirable, or find people who need to fit themselves into these moulds interesting either.
Absolutely. Before I would stay up til 4 am making whatever I fancied, indulging in ideas and living at my own pace. Now I cannot do that! It’s been nice learning how to slow down and sit on ideas for a while. It was a complete shock to the system at first and made me realise I had been living in a very unconventional and slightly unsustainable way for a long time. Ironically all the mess I would be creating in studios actually came true, it was like my wish had been granted for a non-stop chaos and mess machine.
I dont know. I think that’s perhaps because without sounding too arrogant I really don’t care about other people’s opinions on my work. I make it to figure out my own thoughts and feelings, I don’t even intentionally make things erotic anymore that must be ingrained in me. I have never faced any stigma, but that might be because I’m ignorant to it.
Being pregnant and becoming a mother was the most sexy thing I have ever experienced. So full of literal life. Even the pain of giving birth, that was like nearly dying. It’s sexy because of how empowering it is, and how much you then block out everyone else. It’s the most romantic thing.
A nurturing person of any description.
Where to begin… Maternity leave for both parents would be good.
Bjork wanting to work with me was really life-affirming. I also love working with make-up artists and have also really enjoyed exploring the female body with artist Micheala Stark.
I have a project with digital artist Lucy Hardcastle coming up in April. We’ve been exploring the hidden feminine alchemy through moving images. Then in May a solo show at T J Boulting which is quite a new direction for me. It’s about nostalgia and that frustrating feeling of not being able to remember things.