Background and systems 

My work looks at how three dimensional form comes to be and how it is experienced.

I use lines to create work in two- and three-dimensions, ranging from pencil drawings to threaded installations Forms emerge through structural systems and processes rather than through representation of other subjects or objects.

The development of form over time and space is often highlighted in the installations, sharing the experience of change in both a structure and the space it occupies as it moves from a single thread through to a dense, immersive structure.  Systems use the structural capabilities of individual materials, adapted so they can be responsive in a.wide variety of spaces - whether that’s pencil marks on paper or threads in a room. The development of one of the structural systems is explained below. Through these systems I look at aspects of scale, growth, depth and emergence, continually moving between dimensions, with the drawings and installations each providing their own perspectives.

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The work has often resulted in discussions with practitioners from other disciplines about connections with their own work. The connections are widespread, including areas of physics, maths and engineering, as well as sound and visual arts. It led to my co-founding and running a talks organisation - ideas-matter-sphere - from 2011 to 2015, and more recently a series of ongoing multi-disciplinary group discussions, where wider discussion of ideas can develop in an informal way.

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Development of ‘Dendrite’ system

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Starting point - Timeline installation (details on Timeline page)

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On a photo of one of the clusters of paper fragments (suspended on filament) lines were drawn to emphasise and extend the outlines of the shapes into space, to challenge what was actually being seen.

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The structure of the drawn lines were translated back into three dimensions, without the paper fragments. These were developed using filament in an open steel cube. Intersections were defined with ink to bring form back into the structure.

The construction method involved individual Y-shaped threads forms. These became the building blocks for the Dendrite system.

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Once scaled up, the Dendrite system could be used to create installations. The system allowed the process and experience of incremental development to be shared with the audience. Development time was flexible: Colloquium completed in 1 day, Madame Lillies (illustrated here) spanned 10 days.

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Echo Chamber: In a new stage of development, once the underlying dendrite structure of white thread was complete, selected lines were painted red. The ‘form’ which emerged instantly became visually dominant and defined the work in a piece which focused on the emergence and identity of form.