The sculptural works and photographic images that comprise gallery based, site-specific installations are inspired by architecture, the urban envrionment, rural and abandoned sites. Concepts of scale and fictional ideas sourced from the literature of H.G.Wells, Voltaire, and Georges Perec for example, form the basis of visual, tactile and spatial explorations with paper, card and plaster cast models, photographic projections, and metal structures.
My practice-research activity is situated within publishing studies and incorporates visual arts practice into interests with technologies of production and consumption in the areas of artist-publishing, small press publishing and self-publishing. Completing my BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2004 and a Master of Fine Art with distinction in 2008 at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), I pursued research in Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling in 2011. I completed the MLitt in Publishing Studies with distinction in 2012. The dissertation research, developed during this course, investigated publishing activity in the visual arts. The research was published in 2013 by Book 2.0 (see publications page), titled: Publishing and Visual Culture: Symbiotic Relationships and the Impact of Technology on Publishing Strategies and Activity.
My doctoral thesis, Post-Digital Audience Engagement Activity in and across Visual Arts and Publishing, was undertaken jointly with the University of Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication and the University of St Andrews School of Management, between 2013 and 2018. This PhD was funded by the AHRC, Creative Scotland and Nesta and additionally supported by scholarships from the Universities of Stirling and St Andrews.
Most recently I have been conducting post-doctoral research with University of Münster as WiRe (Women in Research) Fellow. My project is titled "An Autoethnographic Study of Artists' Book Fairs and Artist Publishing Activity in the UK".