Personal Works


Cardboard Self (2009)

As the title suggests this was an attempt to build a cardboard portrait from cardboard which is 2/3 life size.

The portrait is built upon a large scale cardboard skull which is visible through the back sections of the portrait.  This portrait is the continuation of the ethos of my art production; to inspire and make accessible 3D art processes. Prior to being sold to a private collector, this work had been in many exhibitions and accompanied me to school art workshops. When I give presentations to pupils and students of all ages I use various examples of my work to present the possible. I share a vision that is based in adaption and innovation. It is work that is to be touched and interacted with, anyone can attempt to produce similar work.

self portrait
self portrait
self portrait
self portrait

Sitting without Purpose (1998)

This life sized sculpture is made entirely from recycled cardboard and glue. The detailing is created by carving away cardboard, then cutting and attaching increasingly smaller layers of cardboard until a life-like quality is achieved.

As an artist with a physical disability, I had to find a way that I could physically build a large scale sculpture using accessible materials and techniques. To overcome this, I built the sculpture in sections that I could assemble and fix together.

I have worked with this method and medium for many years as it is an inexpensive material, readily available and capable of creating sculptures of a scale and stature comparable to any other traditional art material. By using a utilitarian material I am able to make my art work accessible to a wider audience. Ingrained in my process is the desire to teach and demonstrate this working method so that regardless of status or ability others can access a way of realizing ideas into a three dimensional form.

Is an ordinary man who, comes home from work, at the same time each day, takes a deep breath, turns on the TV and sits in his chair and wonders why? The piece questions the idea of what it means to be sitting down and the link between the perceptions of ability and disability.

sculpture of man sat in armchair
sculpture of man sat in armchair
sculpture of man sat in armchair
sculpture of man sat in armchair
sitting without purpose - man sat in armchair