Emerging Talent / Northern Ireland
My work uses whimsical imagery and haptic material play to approach the issue of social stigmas surrounding people with atypical appearances and abnormalities of the flesh.
I have drawn on my own experience of having warts on my hands in childhood and the behavior of those who would come into contact with me, such as discomfort, curiosity and a desire to ‘cure’ me.
Each piece is bigger than the last, growing and spreading along the arm to cover more surface area and symbolise the panic of contagion.
The ‘ugly’ appearance and flesh-like texture command the attention of the viewer to start a playful conversation about physical difference.
In creating these bulbous, growth-like forms I want to challenge traditional standards of beauty and the body, whilst encouraging the viewer to consider what is ‘normal’ and how they approach the abnormal.
2018-2021 BA Hons Ceramics, Silversmithing and Jewellery Ulster University
2017-2018 BDes Art and Design (foundation year for specialist degrees) Ulster University
2018 Foundation Year End of Year Exhibition, Ulster University
2020 Ulster Excellence Awards 2021 Trophies
2019 Private commissioned ring (England)
2018 Private commissioned ring (Northern Ireland)
2018 Private commissioned pendant (Northern Ireland)
2020 Framing Assistant at Whalley Fine Art, Belfast
2019 World Skills practice workshop with Eddie Doherty
2019 Leonardo Da Vinci brooch project for The Prince’s Trust
2016-2018 Intern at Framewerk Gallery and Framing, Belfast
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