Career and education
My task as an artist is to build emotional, physical and psychological connections between myself and the landscape. I set up an action that locates my body in a specific place and then I let that action play out while recording its impact on camera. That event is then processed through drawings in the studio, tying a visual thread between my external and internal experiences.
In many ways, my early work as a maker (2000-2007), creating sculptural installations for Thomas Heatherwick in London, Marcel Wanders in Amsterdam, Atelier Van Lieshout in Rotterdam, Niall O’Flynn and Jordi Veciana in Barcelona, was an expression of my interest in connecting with the environment through site-specific work. While learning a lot during that time, in realising others’ ideas I missed a sense of a personal dialogue with the landscape.
Time spent living and working in the US, Ecuador, The Netherlands, and Spain, while writing articles about design and sustainability, provided a deeper connection to the natural world and strengthened my commitment to environmental issues. When I returned to the UK, I moved into the world of design communications. I worked as a visual storyteller (2008-2016), connecting art, design, and science around climate research and social innovation, through my consultancy practice, Elio Studio Ltd.
Missing the joy I found in making for myself, in 2015 I returned to developing a personal art practice. I took my interests in the environment and interactive spaces and refracted them through my experience of navigating womanhood. In 2017, I returned to higher education to develop my creative practice by learning about somatic movement and performance. I began to put my own body in the centre of my installations, creating drawing performances about physical impact and the occupation of space.
In 2019, I gained my MFA in Creative Practice from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, adding to my BA in Design from Goldsmiths College (2004), and my MA (hons) in History of Art from Edinburgh University (2000). Now in 2021, alongside my personal work, I regularly teach ‘movement and mark-making’ as a visiting lecturer on the Goldsmiths Design BA/MA courses and Trinity Laban’s Creative Practice MA/MFA.
I was born in London in 1977 and have made my way, via a circuitous route, to Bruton in Somerset, where I now live.