A multi-disciplinary artist, working in film, text/books and installation.
I make films composed from thousands of my own original photographs alongside images from archives and historical collections digitally layered and collaged together. I am drawn to texture and history, often using macro photography to see the detail. I create visual contrast or interest at different points in my process - with the camera, through digital processes, or by projecting images and rephotographing. Layering is important to me – images with images and soundscapes with language. The visual result is visually rich and painterly.
I work with texts and poetry. With my background as a typographic designer, I am interested in the detailed structuring of a text - working out the hierarchy and the relative emphasis to give meaning. The act of articulating a text gives words visual cues to the ideas or feeling contained within. The choice of detail and the nuances of relative hierarchies and emphasis between things (on a page or on the screen: words, objects, materials, sounds, images) create the idea or feeling in my work. I am interested in the tranformation from media to media. For example, making books from films and films from books – one informing the other.
Theme-wise, my latest project is about the complexity of female identities – asking questions about the biographies of women who fall into the footnotes, lost from history as so many women’s stories are, seen only through a patriarchal lens, illuminating and reclaiming women’s stories. Ongoing, is an interest in the borders between fiction and reality – something that begins with reality: a real person or place turns into a semi-fiction, or a fiction that becomes something real.