How did you become involved in artist’s books?
I have been exhibiting books since 2015, with my first book, ‘a history’, at the 18th International Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair at the Tetley, Leeds. That year it was also selected for the Sheffield International Book Prize (2015) and exhibited at Bank Street Arts, Sheffield. A copy was purchased by the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds for their artists’ book collection.
What is the focus of your practice?
I make work with books, drawing, text, walking and moving image, including films, animation and site-specific installation. Making, materials and process are significant elements of my work, but more importantly a lack of knowledge about how to put things together is often where I start. I’m interested in the marginal, ephemeral and overlooked, and how luck, chance, error and anxiety can be embodied in small objects, such as books and other poetic objects.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have an exhibition at Pickford’s House (Derby Museums) that opens in September. It’s called Derby Mean Time and it’s a collection of works inspired by Derby’s scientific and cultural heritage. It includes animation, artist’s books, and sculpture, alongside historic artefacts and archive photographs drawn from the Museum’s collection and Derby Local Studies Library.
For Sheffield I’m returning to very simple, and therefore relatively quick to make, concertina and A3 folded book formats about bird spotting and sun spotting – but not at the same time.