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My work is rooted in the history of collaborative practice between dance and visual art, and engages with contemporary questions of dance in gallery spaces, and its present relationship with contemporary art practice. My ongoing research wrestles with the body’s physical understanding of loss and grief, and its relationship with site and location: notably places which have become sites of loss, difficulty and tension. I am interested in how we can remember physically through a returning to place and an abstracted re-enacting and remembering of one's own painful experiences, as the body is understood as a physical archive: a site of layers of sedimented memory.


Our physical body is the site we inhabit in the world. It is battered and bruised: a tangible testimony to what we have known. We carry with us in the body our memories and emotions of everything that has gone before, of everything that has been done to us and which have done. This current body of work wrestles with a more open sadness, and vulnerability: something of an appeal against our Western stoicism, which provokes the question of how a greater embodied understanding of our physicality can enable a more open emotionality. What would it look like if there were a radical reversal of our body’s primary state of existence, notably its functional verticality? By which is meant the state of uprightness assumed by the body on a daily basis. What would happen, for example, if the expression, ‘I’m feeling down’ were to be literally applied to the physical verticality of the body? The work presents an image of a falling, collapsed and abandoned body: utilising tools of repetition, mimcry, and endurance to physically explore grief.


“Mimicry, I am more and more certain, is the fundamental performance of this cultural moment. At the heart of mimicry is a fear that the match will not hold and “the thing itself” (you, me, love, art) will disappear before we can reproduce it. So we hurl ourselves headlong toward copy machines, computers, newspapers, cloning labs... I want less to describe and preserve performances than to enact and mimic the losses that beat away within them. In this mimicry, loss itself helps transform the repetitive force of trauma and might bring about a way to overcome it.”
Phelan, P. (1997), Mourning Sex, Performing Public Memories. 1st edn. London: Routledge.

  2014 - 2016. MA Fine Art, Chelsea College of Art, London
  2008 - 2011. BA Fine Art, University of Wales, Abersytwyth
  2013. Studio Lighting, London School of Photography
  2007 - 2008. Elevate Dance Company (Springs Dance Company Apprenticeship Scheme)
       
  LECTURES    
  2017. A Study in Scatology & Repulsion, Morphe Arts
  2017. Vulnerability, Temporality & Dystopia, Morphe Arts
   
  GROUP EXHIBITIONS
  2018. Humble To The Ground, Laban Building Gardens (Trinity Laban), Deptford X Fringe
  2018. At The Threshold, hARTslane, New Cross
  2018. Paradise Underground, Sugar Cane Bar, Clapham
  2018. Between Friends, St Stephen's Walbrook
  2017. Show Home, Art Licks Weekend, The Old Police Station (Shortlisted for the Workweek Prize)
  2017. ek(stasis), Deptford X Fringe, Archie's Bar, Deptford
  2017. Cast of My Shape, 'Peace in it together bit by bit pt 3' Artist Series, 19 Goulston Steet
  2016. MA Degree Show, Chelsea College of Art
  2016. We/Us, Interim Exhibition, Chelsea College of Art
  2015. Human Nature, The Archive Gallery, Haggerston
  2015. P is For Process Project Part Time, Chelsea College of Art
  2015. Connect & Grow, The Garden Museum
  2014. Tangent, MAFA Intro Show, Chelsea College of Art
  2014. Stick 'Em Up, HUSK Gallery & Project Space
  2013. Two Lines, Inside The White Cube, Trinity Buoy Wharf
  2013. Strike Against Art Group Exhibition, The Nunnery Gallery
  2012. In Unison, Empty Shop Project, Dorking
  2011. Degree Show, The School of Art, Aberystwyth University
  2010. Internal Traces, The Aberration Group. Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts Centre
   
  PROJECTS/ RESIDENCIES
  2014. Connect & Grow, Siobhan Davies Dance
  2014. Interplay, Interface Arts Scotland, Leith School of Art
  2013. Sharing Moving Making, Independent Dance
  2013. (Artist Assistant/Intern) Hidden in Plain Sight: Re-Imagining History & Landscape, Nottingham Castle
  2013. (Producer/Devised Theatre Collaboration) These Feet, Morphe Arts
  2013. (Project/ Publication) Still Moving, Siobhan Davies Dance 
  2013. Strike Against Art, Bow Arts and Morphe Arts, The Nunnery Gallery
  2012. Only Connect Lab, Aberystwyth Arts Centre
  2011. Empty Shop Project, Second Hand Dance
  2011. (Collaborative Project & Performance) Dwsin y Daith and Rhuddem Dance Company