I am a freelance photographer and visual artist currently based in London, UK. I use this blog as a place to show work-in-progress, images from recent commissions, exhibition details, and other random bits and bobs.
In October 2016 my twins Rowan and Lotta were born. My partner and I
are both artists and, through a fog of sleep deprivation and love,
we decided we would like to try to somehow capture them growing up, so we
set about doing a monthly 'family portrait' in our living room.
The inspiration for the event was taken from BLAST OFF – the 1973 pioneering children’s book about a young black girl
who dreams of becoming an astronaut, written by Linda C. Cain and Susan
Rosenbaum and illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.
Old Stories were told, new stories were created and sculptural forms were made. It was a nice way to say 'goodbye 2017, and hello 2018'.
recently asked to be a key speaker atIn Your Face - a symposium held at
London College of Communication on photography and faces. It was a
really interesting day, and great to be involved.
Other speakers included Debbie Challis, who spoke about photography's dark history with physiognomy and eugenics, Cameron Foote, curator at Whitechapel who talked about Thomas Ruff's work, and Caroline Wilkinson from Facelab. My talk focused on my long term project The Study of Peter Pan.
Timing had it that soon after returning to work post having twins I was approached by the founder of the new company Otti and Liv - a brand and online shop for all things twin related - to see if I was available to take some marketing and stock photos for the company
The shoot took place last month at a weekly twin club at Walthamstow Toy Library. Here is a sneak preview of one of the images (and some of the lovely Otti and Liv babygrows)...
Emma McGarry has been working as Lead Artist for the Special Schools Preview of the New Tate Modern which took place on June 16th 2016.
As part of the programme I was invited, as one of eight artists, to collaborate on an exchange, the outcome being a series of new learning resources, for use on the day and from now onwards.
Emma and I have worked together before, both as individual artists, and as artist collaboration KEEM.
For our Tate exchange, we compiled a list of words that connect our two
practices. We then individually compiled a 'mix-tape', with each song
relating to one of the words, before sharing them with one another. From this exchange, the following resource was created: Y IS FOR YOU (AND ME) CAN HAVE IT ALL.
Y IS FOR YOU (AND ME) CAN HAVE IT ALL
devised by artist Emma McGarry through an exchange with artist Kate Elliott
Devised by Emma, the Special Schools Preview
- known as A.S.S.E.M.B.L.Y - included a manifesto proposing YOU CAN HAVE
IT ALL. On the morning of June 16th 2016 the doors to the new Tate
Modern were thrown open to 3000 school students from across the
UK as its first public visitors.
On arrival at Tate, groups of school students were given one of the eight artist learning resources, each of which relates to a specific collection of works within the building. Our resource - Y IS FOR YOU (AND ME) CAN HAVE IT ALL - connects to the Louise
Bourgeois Artist Room in the new Switch House extension of the Tate
Modern, where groups of students created their own 'mix-tapes', in response to chosen Louise Bourgeois artworks.
Alongside the resources, special events and activities ran throughout the day, and the soundtrack of our above exchange was shared through a silent disco. I wish I could have been there on the day to see!