From the horizontal to the vertical

Neither one thing nor another; or maybe both; or neither here nor there; or may even be nowhere….and at the very least ‘betwixt and between’ all the recognised fixed points in space-time of structural classificationVictor Turner, The Ritual Process

The following series of images are made using the Chemigram process, a camera-less photographic technique that is difficult to define. It sits somewhere between painting (gestural mark making),  printmaking (use of resists) and photography (chemistry).

In this work the process of making is as important as the final outcome. My practice takes place in the home, a domestic space where the kitchen becomes a lab, the bathroom a dark room and the bedroom a workspace. I use materials that are to hand, from my cupboards, such as honey, hair gel, glue or toothpaste and often make my own plant based developer from food waste. This is a practice very much engaged with materiality and sustainibility.

I am essentially self-sufficient, being less reliant on specialist equipment or materials. It is a ‘make do and mend’ type of production that speaks to the marginalised artists of the past who could only make art with what was available to them. A way of making borne out of necessity that was often denigrated or dismissed as ‘women’s craft’.

The images are abstract and intentionally non-representational, they resist more conventional or traditional forms of representation particularly within the discipline of photography. They are a material manifestation of the ‘in-between’, both celebrating free expression and a refusal to be defined either by gender or medium.

This is a deliberately slow process, the antithesis of a world where speed and immediacy are the key drivers. Slowing down gives us chance to notice, to be attentive and to tune into our relationship with the material world, nature and to each other. The act of noticing becomes an act of care.


And still I rise


The face of the other


Against the tide


Starve the algorithm


Hidden in plain sight