My investigations into the topic of taxidermy and animal specimens began in response to the fear I felt as a child when faced with taxidermy at a local museum – the exhibits, later known to me as ‘dioramas’ felt alien – “These animals, that look so familiar, they do not blink? They do not move?”, I thought, as their hollow gaze followed me around the room. Of course, at the tender age of 7 or 8 I did not realise that this moment would spark the investigation I began at undergraduate level and which has informed the development of my practice. These animals I was familiar with as wildlife – a sparrow, a seagull, or a fox, frequented the garden - yet unlike those I saw in day-to-day life, these animals were forever still; dead, it turned out, but never to decay. At undergraduate level and in the time that has elapsed since, this moment lead me to question what these animals represent, if free from the intrinsic process of decay, and the sentimentality we so closely associate with death?
2017 - 2019
MA Photography, Central St. Martins.
2008 - 2011
BA (hons) Photography, First Class, Nottingham Trent University.
Tate Exchange, Tate Modern, London.
'Appetite' group show, Apiary Studios, London.
Portrait Salon, The Embassy Tea Gallery, London.
Portrait Salon, The Reminders Photography Stronghold Gallery, Tokyo.
XV at Nash, Nash Interiors, Nottingham.
Freerange Art and Design Festival, London.
'Thinking Through Photography' joint workshop with Abbas Zahedi, London Transport Museum, London.
2016 – 2017
Photography activities volunteer, St Mungo’s Homeless Charity.
2012 – 2013
Project manager, ParkLife, Rother District Council, Bexhill.