Welcome to my website. It’s a sort of online scrapbook of thoughts, ideas, art practice etc. I post my news on this page, below. To see my latest blog posts, follow the links on the right. Also on the right are links to my other web presences and also my friends. To see my art, click the tab ‘Pages’ for the drop-down menu. There you will find media-specific sections like ‘Photography’ ‘Video & Sound’ etc, and also my CV. It takes some browsing to see my art projects. You can contact me at: email@example.com.
I shall submit my funded practice-led PhD in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University in April 2013. In 2009 I completed my MFA Photo & Media at the California Institute of the Arts. I got my BA (Hons) Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University in 2001. (See CV section)
I am a strayed photographer and my art practice now takes a number forms: photography, video, performance and writing. My life changed when I was at a car boot sale in August 2005. I saw a tin of cigarette cards and I leafed through all. Each depicted a pin-up photograph with a mini biography on the back. For reasons unfathomable to me, I wanted to be in the photograph. I bought all 10 photographs featuring dancers and knew immediately I wanted to re-create them all. This led to my series Wish You Were Here, Real Photographs.
My PhD research is a development of this project. In my research, How Do I Look? and I have been thinking about the showgirl figure and my female mode of viewing showgirls and putting this into a wider critical context. My research approach involves watching lots of showgirl shows, from large-scale Parisian and Vegas spectacles, burlesque cabarets, and gentlemen’s clubs (do feel free to give me complimentary tickets to your show). I also interview showgirls of all kinds. I have been thinking about glamour, agency, and what it means to be an artist, a feminist, and a dilettante showgirl.