*PYO Artist’s Statement
Here’s a Statement:
I am a UK artist, most known for creating socially- and politically-conscious pieces, creating large installations, and often working with paper.
More broadly, my work is often concerned with the way cognition shapes reality, and hence how reality differs from what we perceive. This includes toying with politically-charged yet arbitrary cultural notions like gender, race, nationality, and religion. My interest stems from living with a brain disability that means I quite literally inhabit a parallel world to the rest of humanity. This different and very particular perspective leads to work that probes and undermines the fabric of reality. I do like to draw attention to how our minds impose categories, or a narrative, upon a chaos and create the world as we know it. Much of my work also relates to outsiderness, the marginalized voice, and disenfranchisement (political and otherwise). Despite the conceptual nature, the pieces tend to be experientially visceral and emotionally charged, sometimes with uncanny resonances of the organic.
I work in a great variety of media, but am most known for paper interventions. They are fragile and ephemeral, and rely on photographic recording. The practice of making them verges on the performative because of the often absurd difficulty of placing the paper in the environment given the conditions, and because of the very repetitive and lengthy nature of the making (particularly in comparison to the short-lived result). They inhabit a hinterland between installation, performance, and photography.
Alternative Statement: The Wankier Version
Post-Alternative Statement: Come n Hear the Truth, Muthafucka
*PYO: acronym for ‘Pick Your Own’, used especially on UK fruit farms.