March 2012

I won a prize in an online photo comp called Oneeyeland, its bronze which is just as well as I am not pure enough for gold or silver, bronze is a crip metal a mash up of copper and tin.. so thats great. I also won an honourable mention at the Tokyo international Foto awards.

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January 20th 2021

It took over a year to make but finally my documentary on disability hate crime was screened on BBC 2  [ if you mouse over the image yo can click to the BBC iPlayer to watch it ] I was pleased with the response.

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UPCOMING WORK

The latest film and art projects about to tickle your fancy. BBC4 screened my film "The Disordered Eye" on Wed 4th December about the impact of visual impairment on art. It's now available on BBC iPlayer.

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DISORDERED EYE REVIEW

Here's a lovely review of the BBC4 documentary I made - The Disordered Eye in the Guardian by Lucy Mangan  - click on read more for the link

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THE VOICE OF THE UNICORN

A review of my installation at London's Southbank Centre click on the photo to go to the article

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THE CONCEPT AND CONTEXT BEHIND FLORACIDE

While it might be said beauty is in the eye of the beholder what interests me, is the way beauty obscures cruelty and brutality. Cut flowers. Dismembered and broken bodies. These are pictures of the process of death. 


Blooms harvested from vast greenhouses. Like corpses they travel in refrigerated trucks and containers. These carcasses destined for human consumption. We must sustain our aesthetic sensibilities, heal rifts, console the sick and the bereft. We do this by watching them die.


We construct beauty in our minds. Our perceptions are the cause of these flowers’ deaths. Their colours and forms seek pollinators, propagation and survival. But we nurture them just to tear the life from them. We mistreat and deform plants, animals and people to conform to an aesthetic called beauty as if it something to be lauded and attained. It is death making.


Drawing on traditions of Nature Morte, these invocations of the classic and symbolic operate at a number of indexical levels, not least around the exclusion of a self-representation of disability spoken in its own language and form. They interpret and translate the symbolism of Vanitas paintings into modern symbolic representations of exclusion and otherness. This is an attempt to create a new symbolic lexis around disability and the hierarchy of ability.

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FLORACIDE WORK IN THE REAL WORLD

This is the first bespoke framed piece. The frame was sourced from a junk shop and is 50 years old. It has been reabled and is designed to conceptually continue the theme of the work. No two pieces will be framed the same way each will say something further about the content.

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