My work is underpinned by the concept of trace. I am interested in how we, as humans leave traces behind us – often overlooked things such as a lost glove, a note, a stain on a tablecloth or a footprint hold a narrative. These marks, imprints, fragments and remnants become a record of emotions, experience and memory.
A theme of impermanence also pervades my practice – the idea that life is in a state of flux fascinates me. Nature, emotions and memories are constantly changing – the need to preserve things, to stop things in time is my current concern.
My artistic practice is wide with a focus on textiles. I often use clothes and household linens as a starting point and develop ideas through embroidery, patchwork and natural dyeing. Moulding and casting and video and time lapse are used to explore and capture the transitory nature of my work.
Inspiration comes from real experiences and social history, particularly collective memories. My final body of work for my MA was based on the Aberfan disaster which took place in a Welsh mining village in 1966. The work took the form of garments and linens which were stained, dyed, printed and moulded to represent the experiences and emotions of the inhabitants of Aberfan.