Can you tell us a little bit about you and your background?
I am an artist based in Glasgow. My studio is in my home, where I live with my partner and our two children. I have tried in the past working in studios outside of my living space, but have come to realise that I need the distraction of other things going on to give my work perspective and momentum!
There’s an energy that comes from this more chaotic working environment that helps me to keep the prints both lively and relevant. My immediate environment is also the main source material for my work, and has been since I was at college. A slide show of floors featured in my MA show, while my current project is documenting work surfaces in and around the home.
You took a Masters in Sculpture at the RCA, how does this flow into your printmaking and movement of the body?
When I look back on it, I was printmaking the whole time that I was in the sculpture department at the Royal College of Arts, although in a less obvious way. I’d take one object and push it into another to make an impression. I used t-shirts and bottles to create a sort of chromatography print, and I squeezed used chopping boards through old print presses. These seemingly absurd activities hint at the performative side to my practice too.
I still think about my work as objects coming together to create print, but the actions I take to make this happen have become more visible more recently. I’ve since made printed works using indigo dye in the back pocket of my jeans, and a swimming pool sized screen print as part of my weekly exercise routine. The joy of moving my body motivates me, and recent works have become records of these physical experiences.