I am a visual artist from Derry, N.Ireland, a former graduate in Microbiology and teacher. I recently completed my BA Fine Art in the Belfast School of Art. My current and most recent works have been influenced greatly by my knowledge of chemical and natural science, my interest in exploring the autonomy and value of nature within the prevailing anthropocentric context, and how art can be used to engage with and challenge the viewer. I use a broad range of approaches in my work focusing mainly on installation, sculpture and video. When exploring different media and techniques, I combine simple scientific experimentation with creative aesthetics, mainly integrating chemistry with traditional artistic practices. My most recent experimental works have involved bringing plants into the gallery space, manipulating plant processes and combining their inherent physiological systems with inorganic experimental processes. My intention is to share with others my enthusiasm for a multi-disciplinary approach to art-making and to offer others an opportunity to engage with, enjoy aesthetically, and reflect upon, the visual and metaphorical elements and layers of meaning in my work.
AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
2018 - RDS Visual Artist Award 2018 long-listed and shortlisted top 25.
2018 - Queen Street Studios Award
2017 - The Context Gallery Award for Fine Art, NWRC, Derry
2017 - Finalist, Derry Journal People of the Year Awards 2017: Contribution to Arts & Culture
2016 - Overall Runner up (19+yrs) in the BEST Awards, CollegesNI
2015 - Best Part-time Student Foundation Art, NWRC, Derry
2015 - Best in Further Education Award for Outstanding Communication, NWRC, Derry
2018 - BA Fine Art, 1st Class Honours, Ulster University, Belfast.
2017 - HND Fine Art with Distinction, NWRC Derry
2016 - BTEC Foundation Art&Design with Distinction, NWRC Derry
1998 - PGCE Science Education, University of Aberystwyth, Wales
1997 - BSc (Hons) Microbiology, Queen's University of Belfast