I joined Kingston as Head of Department and Associate Professor in Fine Art in 2015, having previously been Head of the School of Art and Design at U.W.E, Bristol. Between 2016 and June 2019 I led the Department's undergraduate and postgraduate provision, teaching across the taught programmes, and I continue to supervise PhD students in the Contemporary Art Research Centre (CARC). Over the course of my career I have been involved in national and international partnerships and have been the School of Art and Architectures' lead on International matters, building contacts with colleagues across the sector in Europe and the US. I have a keen interest in peer learning and artists networks beyond Higher Education, and have helped establish support networks, studios and cooperative gallery spaces and taken part in events and publications addressing the role of professional skills within and outside of the institution.
I am a painter and have been awarded funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Council. I also worked as part of the collaborative group scenery to investigate modes of display and curated environments and have produced collaborative drawings / writing with the poet Peter Manson.
In my paintings there is an absurd investment, a committed doubt, in producing paintings that address temporality, belief and scepticism in a paintings ability to signify anything. The paintings rehearse the rhetoric of painting, using the precedents and conventions of mark making, picturing and construction. They fluctuate – by way of production and forms implied – between a simulation of meaningful activity and a belief that the temporality of painting can (still) allow for an alternate (s)pace of understanding.