A few words about my work

 
 

A thread through my work is a striving to make visible the magic of life in what we may experience as mundane, make explicit the divine within the ‘ordinary’.

My immediate experience is of the physical presence of life around me from within a human body. Lived, sensory and physical, experiences are usually the starting points for my work. Story too informs my work. I find the fable in my own life, and my own life in fables.

My work aims to transcend culturally confined definitions of ‘self’, exploring life and the experience of living, in a synthesis of cultural languages and meanings.

Exhibitions


Curator


2013     ‘Parallax’ - an Exhibiton by Artists of Mixed-Heritage and Mixed-Ethniciity - Curator, and Participating Artist

             Mile End Art Pavillion, London     www.mixed-other-art.net

            

2012    ‘Mixed-Other’ - an Exhibiton by Artists of Mixed-Heritage and Mixed-Ethniciity - Curator, and Participating Artist,

            Islington Arts Factory, London     www.mixed-other-art.net

          

Solo


2014      ‘Rubbish’ -  Birdwood House, Totnes, Devon


2013      ‘Masala Mandala’ installation exhibited as part of SOAS Multi-lingualism Week,

               SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London.


2012     ‘The Moving House Art Sale’ - An Open House Art Sale, Islington, London


2007      ‘Conception Cake Café’ - An Open House Edible Art Experience, Islington, London


2006  ‘Mandalas and Mandorlas’. - The Literary Cafe, Islington, London


Two woman shows


2011    ‘Eve’s Pursuit’ - Islington Arts Factory

2010    ‘Goldilocks meets Pandora’ - Islington Arts Factory

2010    ‘The Garden’ - Islington Exhibits Festival - collaboration with musician Vanessa Vie, Park Life Café, Islington


Group Exhibitions


2016    ‘Being Human’ - part of Plymouth Art Weekender, Mills Bakery, Royal William Yard, Plymouth


2016    ‘Fictive Dreaming’ Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore


2015    ‘Convergence’ 101 Space, Rowland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University


2013     ‘Parallax’ - an Exhibiton by Artists of Mixed-Heritage and Mixed-Ethniciity - Curator, and Participating Artist

             Mile End Art Pavillion, London     www.mixed-other-art.net

2012    10 x 10 - Gloss Art Gallery, Exeter, Devon

2012    ‘Mixed-Other’ - an Exhibiton by Artists of Mixed-Heritage and Mixed-Ethniciity - Curator, and Participating Artist,

            Islington Arts Factory, London     www.mixed-other-art.net

2012    ‘Fantastic February Fair’, Islington Arts Factory, Islington, London

2011    ‘And Now for Another One’ - Brent Artists Resource, Willesden Library Centre, London

2008    ‘Representations of Identity’, Women’s Art Movement, Islington Arts Factory, London

2006    ‘Distributing Dictionary Definitions’ - Bob and Roberta Smith’s Peace Camp,

Interactive Event, The Brick Lane Gallery, London



An aspect of my subject matter is visual language itself, its inherent cultural values, and the contexts upon which it depends.

I do not belong to a culturally defined box. My mother is from India, ‘Anglo-Indian’, a mixture of Indian, Portuguese, and British.* My father is ‘White British’, a mixture of Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Norman.

Traditional Indian art depicts images of mythological tales, and uses symbolic pattern, to communicate the eternal divine. Contemporary western culture often elevates objects of mass production and consumerism to iconic status in reflection of an essentially transient popular culture.

Traditionally Asian artists follow a selfless and rigorous discipline, transcending personal ego to achieve a union with a universal creative energy. Post-Renaissance Western art heralds the ‘Master’, with the contemporary art market harnessing the concept of unique authorship, to assign financial value in the service of Capitalism.

My work builds bridges between these diametrically opposed concepts of what art is, and who artists are. I make work that weaves between two cultures, incorporating elements from different traditions into one, exploring and enjoying the arising double meanings, the disjunctions, and the overlaps.

* Just last week I was told that my maternal grandmother was half Sri Lankan. (28th Nov 2015)

A few words about me

I was born and brought up in the North-East of England in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. My degree was in Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art in London. A few years later I did a PGCE in Art and Design at the Institute of Education, London. I am currently doing a part-time MA in Contemporary Art Practice at Plymouth University.

I enjoy creative collaborations and surprise commissions. I make my own work, and sometimes I exhibit it.

I have been a life model, a teacher, acting head of an art department, an arts faculty co-ordinator, a dancer, a mural painter, a ‘seco-fresco’ painter, a painters assistant, an arts development officer, a face painter, a school governor, an exhibitor, a curator, a gardener, among some other things, and most of all an artist.

Currently I work as a freelance visual artist in school and community environments, including work with DAISI (Devon Artists in Schools Initiative).