RESUME

Bio/Statement

I’m an interdisciplinary artist, and my work is informed by biological pattern formation, particularly crypsis - all the ways that organisms disguise themselves or pretend to be something they’re not. My practice focuses on both highly detailed drawing/painting, and abstract pattern generation, creating assemblies of art that can be moved or interacted with. These include large-scale pattern arrays, giant handmade books, and card decks. My work currently investigates how camouflage and mimicry in plants and animals might adapt to human-made/altered environments or substrates. I’ve recently been Leverhulme Artist in Residence at Portsmouth Brain Tumour Research Centre, and crowdfunded a transformations card deck. Illustration clients include Scientific American, and universities in the UK, US, and Canada. After spending 2017-18 focused on illustration work while recovering from spine surgery, I’m now actively developing my ideas of anthropogenic creature camouflage as a focus for new projects. As an artist with a science PhD, I aim to make my work as truly interdisciplinary as possible.

 

RESIDENCIES & VISITING ROLES

  • Neuro-oncology lab visiting artist Jan-Aug 2016 Brain Tumour Research Centre, University of Portsmouth

  • Leverhulme artist in residence Jan-Oct 2015 Brain Tumour Research Centre, University of Portsmouth

  • Herbarium visiting artist Mar 2013- 14 Herbarium RNG, Reading

  • EMLab commission & residency Nov 2014 EMLab, Whiteknights, Reading

  • Salon de ShadyJane (jointly with Laura Greenway) Jun 2012 The Shop Gallery, Basingstoke

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS & Projects

  • Insecta (illustrated transformations poker deck) – 2018/19 – Ongoing, crowdfunded

  • Transitional Objects (Solo exhibition) Apr 2016 Strong Island, Southsea

  • Connecting Narratives (Solo exhibition) Feb-Mar 2016 Aspex, Portsmouth

  • Cryptic Cards (illustrated transformations poker deck) – 2016 – Crowdfunded, Kickstarter

  • Patterns of Mutation (Solo exhibition) Sep-Oct 2015 Gallery II, Bradford

  • DRAWN (Juried open) Mar-Jun 2015 RWA, Bristol

  • Imagining Science: Symbiosis (Group show) Mar 2014 The Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading

  • Meet the Microbes (book illustration) - 2014 - Author Naomi Chant, funded vy I’m a Scientist Get Me Out of Here

  • Imagining Science: Science & the Art of Imagination (Group show) Mar 2013 Central Gallery, Reading

  • Playing with a Full Deck (Group show) May 2012 12x16gallery, Portland, OR, USA

 

WORKSHOPS & TALKS

  • Natural patterns; camouflage (public workshop) Aug 17 Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

  • Drawing games & microscopy (private family workshop) Aug 17 South London Refugee Association

  • Cryptic Creatures (BSA-funded workshop) Mar 2017 Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

  • Drawing Autumn (public workshop) Oct 2016 Portsmouth Cathedral

  • National Media Museum: Lates – Brains Jun 2016 NMM, Bradford

  • Drawing the microscopic: Mar 2016 Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

  • Drawing Natural Patterns (BSA-funded workshop series) Oct 2015-Mar 2016, Aspex, Portsmouth

  • Connecting Narratives (workshops & talk series for scientists & patients) Jan-Oct 2015, see residencies

  • After Dark; Transformations (public workshops) Sep 2015 British Science Festival, Bradford

  • Spilling Miniature Universes (art talk for building staff, & microscopy event) Nov 2014 EMLab (Centre for Advanced Microscopy), Reading

  • Symbiosis; lichen patterns (public workshop) Mar 2014 Battle Library & Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading

 

WORK IN PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • Connecting Narratives (handmade very large format book) – 2016 – PBTRC, University of Portsmouth

  • Spilling Miniature Universes – 2014 – EM Lab, JJ Thomson Building, Whiteknights, Reading

  • The Symbiosis Book (handmade very large format book) - 2013 – Herbarium RNG library, University of Reading

 
 

EDUCATION

  • PhD, Pharmacology 2011 University of Reading

  • MSc, Biomedical Science 2006 University of Portsmouth

  • Diploma in Computing 2005 The Open University

References & further information available on request