I am a recent graduate from the Master of Fine Art course at the Belfast School of Art. Current work explores process drawing and the sonic manipulation of rhythm.

The statement below is no longer current, but I’ve decided to leave it here as a measure of where I have come from. Many of the posts on this blog were made around the time this statement was written.

[My work deals with an overload of information. I am like a magpie drawn to intricate detail, collecting and manipulating pieces of visual culture. I combine collage, oil paint, acrylics, emulsion, ink, spray paint, conte crayon, chalk, felt tips, pencil and anything else I can find. Found photographs and fragments of text can be included because of a personal sense of meaning, or purely as passages of visual ‘noise.’

My work does not start with a finished image in mind. Rather it carries a sense of practical progression; each new area suggests the context and space for the next aspect of the piece. I often work on several at a time. The work is in a constant state of evolution and reinvention. Layers are added and scraped back. Each finished piece displays evidence of this process of revision, editing and adding new elements until it feels right to stop. Sometimes pieces become overworked. I often recycle them by cutting them up and using parts that ‘work’ to create new images.

Since graduating from the University of Ulster in 2003 with a First Class degree in Fine Art, I have been working in Cathedral Studios in Belfast. I have participated in many shows including ‘Arrivals’ at the Ormeau Baths Gallery in July 2010 and a 3 person show ‘Graphic’ in the Engine Room in the summer of 2008. I am a member of Cathedral Studios, a 6 person studio group based in Belfast. As a group we have exhibited in venues as diverse as the Work Atelier SK Den Helder, Netherlands in 2007 and the Ulster Hospital in 2005.

Find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Cathedral-Studios-Belfast/199566710084191

The purpose of this blog is to regularly upload high resolution photographs of my art work. Please click on the images to explore the detailed surfaces.]

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