Research

Skin Deep 2009

dancer and live projection drawing

Over thirty years ago I observed that movement and constant change are fundamentals of our Universe. I have been puzzling about how to draw movement ever since.

My training was pre-digital, using traditional materials and methods of making. Since the advent of the digital age I have extended my tools to include digitalĀ  drawing, projection and film making. Like many artists of my generation I have been confronted with the questions of what might be lost? And what can be gained?

From 2008 – 2013 I undertook a practice based PhD at Aberystwyth University andĀ  combined digital imaging and observational drawing to explore the essential qualities of both. By mapping a way across the digital divide I sought to connect past traditions with present and future image making. See more about my PhD practice research here.

I am still asking how can the reality of the body and embodied experiences be reconciled with imaginative, virtual worlds?

Creating a living cultural tradition is my aim. In putting work on I ask how do I make a new visual language without alienating my audience? How can I educate, challenge and excite both myself and my audience simultaneously? How can the past inform the now and the future in an intelligent way? Can revealing my process, while I am in process, assist viewers in reading my work? We need to seek answers to these questions together.

My interests and research also include folk music and stories – the arts of the working class peoples, particularly of the Celtic nations. I seek out the enriching challenge of collaboration and work with musicians, dancers, performers, storytellers and poets.