I am interested in the issues of authorship and production through socially engaged art practice, which has developed over years working professionally as an artist, workshop facilitator, exhibition curator, publication editor, and art director.
These issues were informed by my previous training and employment as a gallery educator (Cornerhouse, Manchester 1997), programme curator (Chinese Art Centre, Manchester 1998), and Co-Director (Castlefield Gallery, Manchester 1999 to 2005), devising exhibitions and activities to engage and interpret contemporary art and artists’ practice. By working with social, political, and cultural agendas of art galleries and museums, specifically artist-led initiatives, I developed in parallel an often ‘tactical’ art practice that questioned and challenged institutional strategies and conventions by actively working within them.
A culmination of these various concerns began during my MFA at Glasgow School of Art (2005 to 2007) when I began to explore the academic life drawing class from the perspective of the life model. These early experiments resulted in my current PhD by Practice at University of Lincoln entitled A Body of Relations: Reconfiguring the Life Class (2007 to present).
The research devised and tested the switching of my role between model, artist, and curator, where the realms of my own personal subjectivity were often suspended for the complexity of the ‘object’, in order for the observer to become the observed.