I originally trained as a dancer and a physical theatre actress and then moved into performance art and installation and public art practice.
Through all my recent work there are 3 constants:
- Collaboration – This is often with other art and non-art practitioners as well as the audience/visitors and the chosen place.
- Site-specific response – This has become key to developing my creative practice, the site / location is often the catalyst for the work.
- Performance – when I talk about performance I am not just referring to my role in the work but the performic nature of the events I create.
Recently they have become more like interventions, actions that cut through everyday life.
My work has never followed a conventional career path as such; there have been many commissions but I also have initiated most projects, which have then been then funded locally or by the Arts Council.
Other things I do
- I cook well – I often use food and drink in my work
- I can drive – I have choreographed a series of works around cars
- I can cycle – I love my bike, but I am also really interested in creating travelling installations, stuff with wheels (see Palace intrusions and B-side Festival)
- I can organize parties – ‘special events’ anywhere for anyone with imagination
- I can sort out anyones wardrobe – what we choose to wear and when has always been a passion and has always been an important factor in my work
- I can redesign someone’s house – interior design could have been another career, but it became installation, objects and space and colour
- I can dance like a demon – all my past work has been body based the act of dancing can be very powerful
- I have been a life model since I was 17 – I can be totally still for up to an hour (see Still Life)