Artist Statement

September 2018

I am an artist and researcher based between Glasgow and Arbroath. Working with moving image, my practice examines the complex relationship between people, place and society. I have a curiosity for the human experience and a dedication to questioning our understanding of it - I pursue ways of working that open up dialogues around feminism, politics, and human geography. My practice is often research based, situated in theories of feminist geopolitics (the embodiment of politics within everyday lives*) and emotional geographies (understanding of emotion in terms of social and spatial articulation**).

Previous projects have adapted found materials to articulate the often multi-layered and contradictory depiction of place, utilising archive footage and reworking existing texts into new voice-overs or subtitles. More recent projects have focused on long term collaborative relationships and re-situating myself within my work. Both ways of working have delved into the space between video diary, documentary and artist moving image by harnessing storytelling and voices to reflect upon wider political, social and cultural narratives. 

Body of Water, my most recent work commissioned for Edinburgh Art Festival, turns the lens upon myself to examine the violation of bodily integrity. The single channel video draws into focus the (mis)representation of female pain and the accompanying breach of self-determination inflicted by medical procedures and social norms - articulated through the use of a voiceover quoting multiple and contradictory sources, developing an unreliable narration, combined with imagery of me swimming as a method of harnessing personal agency. Projects currently under development expand upon this theme, delving into women's experience of pain and society's perception of that experience. 

*Hyndman, 2000

**Davidson, Bondi & Smith, 2007

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