I am interested in the expectations forced upon the idea of femininity. I seek to discover how social constructs of femininity are embedded in both culture and art. In particular, I am interested in ideas of ownership and possession, and the ways in which these ideas have become associated with femininity. In my work I engage with contemporary feminist arguments. For example, I explore why women participate in beauty industries to control our appearance in order to feel more visible in our culture. I question why modern culture is so occupied with aestheticising femininity.
My artwork challenges notions of femininity by manipulating my audience’s expectation; I aim to keep viewers in a juxtaposed state of discomfort and ease, balancing intimidation and endearment with tactics of humour and intimacy. I also want to investigate why I feel so apologetic about being an artist who explores feminist discourse.
Lives and works in Ulverston, UK.
2013 - 2016 Fine Art BA Hons, Lancaster University, UK.
EXHIBITIONS, EVENTS AND PERFORMANCES
2019 Guest speaker and performer at WOMXN’S ARTICULATE Forum, Edith Cowan University (ECU), Western Australia
2019 Under my Skirt, Fringe World Perth Festival/PEAKS Festival with Paper Mountain at City Arts Space, Perth, Western Australia .
2018 Associate Artist with Foot In The Door Residency, Lancaster, UK.
2017 Under my Skirt, On the Verge Festival, Hope Street Limited, Liverpool, UK.
2017 Emerging Artist Programme, Hope Street Limited, Liverpool, UK.
2017 Artist in Residence, Culture Vultures, Sefrou, Morocco.
2017 Visiting Artist at Morecombe Road School, Morecombe, UK.
2017 Visiting Artist at Central Lancaster High School, Lancaster, UK.
2017 Head in the Clouds, A Room with a View, Up North Arts, The Storey, Lancaster, UK.
2017 Contemporary Performance Almanac, Publication.
2016 The Red Skirt, 12/12. Pop up exhibition in partnership with artist/curator Dannielle Ash. Rented Property, Lancaster, UK.
2016 OMNIA XLIV, Lancaster University, UK.
2016 RITE Festival, Islington Mill, Manchester, UK.
CURATING AND GALLERY WORK
2018 Exhibition Host for The Yellowing, Part 1, Rebecca Birch. The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK.
2017 Gallery Assistant, Laws of Motion in a Cartoon Landscape, Andy Holden. Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster, UK.
2016 Curator, BYOM: [Bring your own mug], Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster, UK.
2015 Curator, The Females of the Factory, (Exhibition in partnership with the LOOK/15 Photography Festival), Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster, UK.
2018 Gallery Assistant at Spectrum Gallery, Western Australia.
2017 - 2018 Art Teacher Assistant, Morecambe Road Primary School, UK.