I am a practising artist with a longstanding interest in the cultural status of sculpture, and in its key properties. My sculptural practice has always been balanced with curatorial ventures extending this enquiry beyond the confines of the studio (from The Object Sculpture at Henry Moore Institute Leeds in 2002 through to co-curating Modern British Sculpture at the Royal Academy in 2011).
My projects comprise an ongoing enquiry into the contingency of meaning specifically in relation to the public functioning of sculpture. Interested in exploring the power relations inherent in everyday human interactions, exhibitions are often dramatized by having to navigate your way around apparently authoritative pieces of highly ordered sculptural material.
By simultaneously channelling bodies and ordering abstract ideas, the works encourage interpretative resistance and imaginative re-ordering of the encounter according to the visitor’s own perversity of mind.
I completed a major new commission 'Steles' ready for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, works that remain as a key part of the new Queen Elizabeth Park, and as part of 'British Art Show 7' I produced new sculptures at each venue as the exhibition toured the country.
Now living and working in Sheffield, I joined Fine Art in 2013 as a Senior Lecturer teaching across all areas, with a specialism in sculpture, and was made Professor of Sculpture in 2014. My research work continues with major new commissioned pieces opening in 2016.