I am a UK based self-taught conceptual mannequin artist and my work is drawn upon narratives from the female perspective based on my own experiences of women’s rights and identity, domestic abuse, mental health disorder and invisible illness. My intention is to create subtle, relatable pieces which portray both the frangible and durable elements of our existence; expressing vulnerability and instability but also alluding to the fundamental core strength within. I enjoy responding to both reference and materials in unconventional ways, pushing their and my boundaries.
Mannequins are fibreglass/plastic embodiments of us - idealistic representations of human bodies and human faces, but which can be altered with a single manipulation. They have an element of anonymity and uniformity which enables me to tackle subjects such as domestic abuse on an impersonal level thereby, hopefully, opening up the topic to everyone - they’re a human face but they’re not a human face. My mannequins are all secondhand, aged and broken, and have had a working history which intrigues me.
My work has been shown throughout the UK and internationally, and in June/July 2019 I had my first solo show, Still Life, at The Jam Factory, Oxford. In October 2018 I co-curated an exhibition at Espacio Gallery, London which coincided with World Mental Health Day and brought together 43 international, emerging and accomplished artists who express life’s difficulties through artwork created as and for self-expression, communication and therapeutic release.
Most of my work is for sale in the form of limited edition aluminium or acrylic prints (all sizes) or unique handmade 300gsm sealed paper prints (A6-A3); and sculpture and ball originals. If you are interested in purchasing or discussing anything please contact me.