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ABOUT

ABOUT

D.O.B: 05/04/1997

Education:

2016 – present: Chelsea College of Art

BA (Hons) Fine Art

2015 – 2016: The Working Men’s College

Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Exhibitions:

2018, Shibboleth. Take Courage Gallery, London, UK

2019, Chelsea Degree Show. Chelsea College of Arts, London, Uk

“So basically, I pour really bright paint onto a surface that’s usually covered in an excessive amount of biro drawn stars- I don’t know I just have a thing for stars. I have a whole set of vocabulary, things like clouds and bridges and... yeah, I like stickers, I got some from Sainsbury’s for a pound a packet. I also like it when the paint’s really old, it kind of goes a bit manky, so when I pour it dries really interestingly then I can put my stickers on it and they kind of sink. Also, green just looks so good on cardboard.”

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My work has always played with the boundaries of conscious decision making and the accident, and how these two opposing natures can meet in the middle to allow for a “balanced state” when making work. Because of this, I have been able to explore the relationship that my work has with the ‘doodle.’ The doodle, much like my work- embodies what it means to be veering in and out of a task, picking and choosing what to pay attention to and what to just chuck down without giving it a second thought.

Confusion and distraction fit hand in hand when it comes to the doodle and the process of making my work. I use distraction as an active tool, it allows me to use a deliberate absentmindedness that married with the more conscious marks, makes for a loud, unapologetic and sometimes confrontational piece of work. This deliberate use of absentmindedness is shown in the way I excessively draw stars; I make a conscious decision to draw these stars, the mindlessness comes with the repetition of the action. The confusion together with the more painterly marks create a piece of work that ruptures the space through its calculated messy nature. 

My paintings comment on what it means to work in the margins- like that of a school notebook. The situation of a doodle on a page, (being in the corners rather than the centre) is emulated in the way my work sits on the edges of a paintings ‘natural centre’ – the wall. The placement of my work alongside the doodle-like imagery reflects on what it means to make something which is historically unvalued but also unintentionally creative. By upscaling doodle-like imagery, obsessively and prolifically drawing stars and amplifying every gesture by using bright in-your-face colours, my paintings assert value onto the often discarded doodle and the waste mark.