Reading Socially Engaged Book Art: Establishing New Dialogues
To construct a critical framework in which to read socially engaged book art (2000 to present day), with reference to selected case studies, through the mapping of connections between production methods, themes and book forms.
Opening up the Wig: An exploration of the wig using photographic and sculptural strategies to reveal the relationships between the wig, the self, society and the construction of female identities.
My practice is situated in the intersection between sculpture and studio-based photography and will employ a range of strategies to unpack the function and definition of the wig, and interrogate the social context that currently produces and values it. This will involve investigating both the intention of the wig - representing, idealising and projecting the ‘feminine’ - and its material origins - the physicality of it and the cultural context that produces it. The female wig in particular offers a space for public and private ideas of femininity to interact. Women’s wigs can act as a metonym for the female body as both an artificial construct (the ideal female body), and an absence (the intended wearer, or, in the case of natural hair, the persons whose hair it was).
Dissecting The Site: an investigation of space, place and memory in Central Manchester Hospitals
In my art practice, I uncover hidden narratives, and use the material qualities of site and story to create visual artwork which speaks of what Christian Boltanski calls ‘small memories’, the overlooked or undocumented experiences of ordinary people.
Landscapes of Identity: Visual Mapping System – Place Identity – Ethnically Diverse City
This research argues that deterministic decisions to fundamentally evolve the planning and design process to accommodate the diversity and temporality of urban occupation based solely on conventional inventory and analysis are severely lacking in representing social and emotional aspects of place and geography (Toms 2010).
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