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My work stems from experiences as a child on remote African farms and more recently time spent in reading and travel and in local folk myths. The darkness, the trophies of a hunting culture, the 'otherness' of the local people and their customs, and the tensions that existed in the early 1950's Africa which infiltrated her imagination, are fundamental to her art. An anthropological eye is present in he ethnographical stories.  The ancient and universal mind of homo sapiens distils experience, observations and emotions into art and cultures.

 

My work unearths locality and personality;  these amass in a cultural study and sense of experience and conjecture at the pre-scientific mind in its attempt to make sense of the world.  My works embody the energies of the relationships between man and their environments manifesting in the language of magic, superstition, belief ceremony which influences my choice of materials and furnishes the language for my work.  Frequently there is an ephemeral, make-shift quality about the constructions and often there are contemporary reverberations echoing from political and social concerns.  I set my work in series, taxonomies and collections, often resembling the anthropologist's concerns.  I set my work in series, taxonomies and collections often resembling the anthropologist's concerns and the presentation often alludes to a collector's chaos.

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Education

2016 - 2018:  Master of Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Arts

2014 - 2015 & 2015 – 2016:  Advanced Practice in Art and Design, Mary Ward Centre

2014 - 2015:  Foundation in Art and Design, Mary Ward Centre

2013 - 2014:  Pre-foundation in Art and Design, Mary Ward Centre

1992 - 1993:  MSc Applied Linguistics and Teaching English, Aston University

1979 - 1983:  BA (Hons), History of Art, Birkbeck College, University of London.

Major in English Medieval Sculpture.

1966 - 1969:  Certificate in Education, The Teachers’ College, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe.

Major in Art specializing in Jewellery and Metalwork.

Complementary Education

1983 - 1985:  The Cass Institute, Life drawing.

1985 - 1987:  The City Lit, Life drawing and painting from the imagination.

1987 - 2013:  Mary Ward Centre, various classes including painting, drawing, jewellery making, stitch-craft, sculpture, printing.

EXHIBITIONS 

Forthcoming

2023:  July 6-15 CROSSINGS: DIVIDES, Solo exhibition, Tension, London SE20 8LS

2023:  September 26-30, spaces : marks ; things Safe House 2, London SE15 3SN

2023:  Eco Ego, Cyclicmatter, Portugal (Group and Solo Exhibitions)

Solo exhibitions

2018:  Cast Bronzes, The Library, Wimbledon College of Arts

2017:  Mes Pensées, OMNI Institute, Denver, Co, USA

2017:  Animal Vegetable Mineral, Library, Wimbledon College of Art

2017:  Series Vegetables 4/4, Raw Chocolate Shop, Crystal Palace

2016:  Conflict, Five locations in Crystal Palace Triangle

2016:  Pop-up Exhibition, Kings Cross

 

Group exhibitions

2022:  Inside the Cage, Blue House Yard, London

2022:  East West Pavilion, Denver, Co, USA with John Carpenter

2021:  SFSA Painting Open, Deptford Foundry

2021:  Absurd, fubar, the Crypt Gallery, Euston Road

2020:   Uncovered Collective, 137/139 Copeland Road SE15, London

2019:  'Speculative Fiction', Candid Arts Trust, London

2019:  fubar, The Crypt Gallery, Euston Road

2019:  Ex Libris, The Ideas Store, Canary Wharf

2019: Shhh!   Bentalls, Kingston-upon-Thames

2019:  CABINET, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green 

2018:  Forest Spirits, The Sidney Nolan Trust, Presteigne

2018:  Being Human, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green

2018:  Survivors, Filia conference, Birmingham

2018:  MFA Final Exhibition, Wimbledon College of Arts, London

2018:  Symbiosis, Espacio Gallery, London

2018:  Netflix and Chill, Flying Dutchman Gallery, East Dulwich

2017:  One That Holds Everything, The Crypt Gallery, Euston Road

2017:  Impasse, The Back Room, Peckham

2017:  The Sentinal, The Brain Trust, Oxo Gallery, Southbank   

2017:  Life in a Shoebox, The Back Room, Peckham

2017:  17m2, UAL SUArts, Central Saint Martins

2016:  Aurora, The Brain Trust, Oxo Gallery

2016:  PEEP, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green

2015:  Nine Artists, 5th Base Gallery, London Bridge

2015:  Foundation in Art and Design Final Show, Mary Ward Centre

2014:  Pre-Foundation Final Show, Mary Ward Centre

1990 - 2016: Mary Ward Centre, group exhibitions in the Café and Staircase

1969:  The Teachers’ College Final Exhibition, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe

1967:  The Teachers’ College Craft Exhibition Year 1, Rhodesia/Zimbabwe

CURATING

2019: CABINET, Espacio Gallery, Bethnal Green (Review https://allaboutshipping.co.uk Cabinet: a wondrous group show at Espacio Gallery curated by Jenny Timmer)

2017: 17m2, UAL SUArts

2017:  IMPASSE, The Back Room, London

INTERVIEWS, INSTAGRAM, PUBLISHED, ACTIVISM/GUERILLA INTERVENTIONS

2022:  A Gardener's Tale  in Artists Responding to Summer 2022 With Sujata Majumdar and Ines Ferreira-Norman

2021:  Lost Descendants in Artists Responding To Issue 11

2021:  @craft_land_arts

2021:  @art_and_artisans

2020:  VOID 2020 for NHS Charities Together, Whitstable, Kent

2020:   64 Covid/Brexit/#BLM altered book pages (collage and words) from 'Oliver Cromwell, 1919

2020:   Sewn Antidote, contributions to a quilt, London (now in the V&A Collections)

2020:  Podcasts @cyclicmatter

2017:  Interview Jenny Timmer https://m.facebook.com videos MFA Wimbledon Emerging Artists

2016, 2017 & 2018:  A letter Mind postcard for sale, National Brain Appeal

I also make interventions (some anonymous) in my locality including Covid Clootie Tree; Ribbon Tree Gross misconduct while in public office; If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them

AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES

2019:  Rodd Residency, Presteigne/Kington, Herefordshire

2019:  Rodd Residency, Presteigne/Kington, Herefordshire

2018:  Woodwork Residency, Canary Wharf, London

2018:  Flow Sustainability Art Award (shortlisted)

1983:  Birkbeck University Study Travel Award (Milan, Italy)

TEACHING  

2011 – 2012:  Craft club, Grahamstown, South Africa

1998 – 2008:  Therapy play room, School Project Manager and Volunteer, The Place2Be

1970 – 1971:  Primary School Teacher, Fort Victoria Junior School, Rhodesia Zimbabwe

                      Art club coordinator

1994 – 1996:  English for Specific Purposes, Christie's Education

1984 – 1986:  Lecturer, Inchbald School of Design

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