ARTIST STATEMENT

Much of my work uses cardboard as a sculptural material due to it immediacy, ease of availability, reasonable cost and low environmental impact. My intention is to produce sculptures that echo the detail and depth found within traditional sculpting materials at a time of great global economic and environmental upheaval. My work is a search for a common truth and to find a sense of quiet humanity in the small details that are sometimes drowned out by the noise and brightness of contemporary culture.

I like to transform the utilitarian and overlooked cardboard box into a sophisticated and elaborate sculpting material. With this, I create life size, three-dimensional portraits of people and animals, and anatomical models and furniture, including a monumental-scale commission for the Lucca Biennale in 2018.

The process and outcomes of making my work have always been intertwined with the practicalities of sculpting with a physical impairment. I lost my right leg to cancer when I was a teenager, so I spent time searching for an accessible and readily available material that I could use from my bedroom whilst rehabilitating. I create my work in pieces and then strategically position them together like a grand jigsaw puzzle to make the final design. This echoes the problem-solving skills that dyslexics, of which I am one, develop to write things down in a coherent manner.

Ingrained in my process is the desire to teach and demonstrate the techniques I use with others. Often working with schools, community groups and museums, I want to make sculpture accessible and blur the boundary between high art and low art for all audiences. I believe in art for all; art beyond race, gender, age, wealth, ability and disability.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019   Body Parts, China House, London

2018   Shape Arts: Retrospective, Hoxton Arches, London

2018   Lucca Biennale, Lucca, Tuscany

2017   Outside In Journeys, Sotheby’s, London

2013   Gold Run, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and The Lightbox Gallery, Woking

2012   Gold Run: Remix, Dilston Grove, London

2010   TACO 3D (Torre Abbey Contemporary Open), Torre Abbey, Torquay, Devon

COMMISSIONS

2019     Stanley Security Ltd – I used recycled materials to create a large-scale installation based on a world map to go in main reception, Exeter

2018     Ikea – To celebrate a new store opening in Exeter I was commissioned to make cardboard furniture based on their designs

2017     Rajapack – I was commissioned to make a short video using cardboard to show the ‘Art of Recycling’

2017     Brewhouse Theatre & Arts Centre, Taunton – I was commissioned to create an installation to mark the anniversary of the Brewhouse Theatre

2014    Olympic Park, London – For National Paralympic Day I was commissioned to make cardboard hands showing BSL

AWARDS

2018   Lucca Biennale: Lifetime Achievement Award

2009   TACO 3D (Torre Abbey Contemporary Open): People’s Choice Award

PUBLICATIONS AND NEWS COVERAGE

2020    Henry Moore Foundation – Read more about the Artistic Practice Bursary.

2018    BBC Spotlight – TV interview ‘The paper man turning cardboard into art’.

2017    This Is Colossal – Online Arts and Culture Magazine.