My current research interests explore the aesthetics and symbolism of the anatomy museum. It examines our subjective experiences and perceptions of the body in life and death using a range of media, including large-scale drawing, assemblage, and installation. My practice embraces both specimens of human anatomy - usually drawn in situ in the museum - and natural sciences, often working from my own collections of animal and human remains.
Recent work has evolved from an image transfer process: this painstaking method reveals the underlying image – reversed, worn and weathered - resulting in a de-familiarised ground over which I draw directly. This creates a palimpsest on which the overdrawing emerges while remaining part of the ground. The use of maps situates the objects drawn in the locations in which they are found – be it city, state or country – although the maps themselves may be several centuries older than the specimen drawn.
I have developed my professional practice as both visual artist and researcher over the past 25 years. During this time I have been commissioned by public organisations and private individuals, making artwork for a variety of institutions. I am a practised speaker and workshop leader, and have undertaken a number of artist residencies in Europe and the USA.
Studio 19, Cuckoo Farm Studios
Boxted Road, Colchester, CO4 5HH