“Speaking of Charlotte (The Spirit of Activism)”
My practice explores the artist’s role as a catalyst for change, through interventions, installations and playful disruptions. Working across a variety of media, including performance, my practice is discursive and collaborative. I explore the ways in which art can be encountered and experienced – in galleries, public urban spaces, woodland, workplaces, heritage sites or schools – and test the notion of art as a participatory outcome, a shared experience and/or a collaborative event.
The ideas I wrestle with are often contemporary social issues, as diverse as the role of women in society, ethical concerns in the clothing industry’s supply chain, slavery, climate change and deforestation. My work is often text-based, and inspired by my love of language, nurtured during previous careers as a linguist, language teacher and recruitment manager for a global consultancy firm.
Frequently inspired by people and places, my creative process begins with historical research to anchor my work in a specific context. Then, from a particular story, location or detail, I embrace more general, universal themes, creating a body of work that I hope has relevance and resonance for a wide audience. Underpinning my practice is the desire to communicate and connect, to open minds and touch hearts.
I have a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Central St Martin’s School of Art, London. I am a founding member of emerging female artist collective, Cross Arts Projects – XAP