Recent work has been exhibited as part of ‘Between Things’ 2017 with Matthew Burrows, Anne Ryan, ‘Permeable Edge’ 2016 exhibiting alongside Bigg and Collings, Matthew Burrows, Phoebe Unwin, Varda Caivano, and others. This followed on from previous exhibitions ‘Liminal’, 2014, ‘The Margins of the Lane’ 2012 ‘Entrance to a Lane’ 2011 which focused on contemporary painting’s dialogue with space and narrative as well as the relationship to the history of paintings of British modernist works as represented through the University collections. These exhibitions were central to the development of the series of on-going symposia held by the Department of Fine Art at the University of Chichester.
The research theme of ‘Displacement’ has been the underlying ‘driver’ for the production of diverse bodies of work from painting to performance. The theoretical framework for the work circulates around some poststructuralist positions of the centrality of language and its role within visual culture. Deleuze’s interrogation of the canvas as an already ‘historically occupied field’ and image filled surface and Henri Lefebvre’s notion of space conceived as both a ‘product and producer’ of place. Displacement encompasses the actual physical properties of materials such as immiscible liquids as well as the signifying processes and associations to both spatiotemporality and the socio-political in respect of forced movement of ‘migrants’ across and between national borders.
Other work has included the use of live music and installation with video projections in the exploration of ‘displacement’ concerned with the relationship between live performance and film (Displacement installation with the Rick Foot trio). The 2010 performance piece ‘Techno/House’ centered on aspects of nomadic/refugee/homeland. ‘Moving House’ took place in the Research Space of the department and further extending the notion of ‘displacement’.
Alongside visual artwork, I have performed as a drummer in improvisational and experimental sound and music collaborations with jazz groups. (UK tours with ‘On The Corner’ with the late Dick Heckstall-Smith, Ed Jones, Rick Foot, etc, playing the music of Charles Mingus.)