I have lectured in Sculpture since 1996 at ECA as well as maintaining my sculptural practice. My practice has been varied over that time and has spanned various approaches, materials, scales and contexts. I’ve shown nationally and internationally and worked collaboratively for 10 years as part of an artists group showing in mostly in Europe, in particular in Estonia. I like experimental and exploratory working and thinking. I like the raw creative questioning that comes about through studio practice. The physical language and sets of possibilities at play in objects, spaces, materials and situations. I also maintain interests in drawing, film and science thinking which also feeds my practice. I was a studio holder at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop from 1998-2020.
I’ve lectured in Sculpture practice at undergraduate level for over 20 years. I’m currently teaching 1st and 3rd year students, both areas where creative experiment, questioning and play help to progress and physicalise ideas, forms and experiential scenarios and set down the foundations of lively and dynamic creative practice for the individual. Open outlooks, discussion and reflection help students map, mark-out and explore new and exciting creative territory in new and relevant ways to their contemporary creative working and thinking. I am Year Programme Organiser for 3rd year Sculpture.
Research interests and activities
Recent Sculptural practice has examined diverse aspects of Iron: its material nature, use, properties, status, origins, boundaries and histories. All territories of overlap, interconnection and influence are considered in my creative enquiry, production and dissemination. Intuitive and lateral thinking also fuel my interest. Work still tends to vary according to situation.
Much of this research has been undertaken in collaboration with Gordon Munro including the inter-configurable work ‘Cloud Dialogue’, recent short film Iron: Origins and Destinations, 18 min, Directed by Rachel Nolan and student exchange workshops in Cast Iron Foundry Practice at The Academy of Fine Arts, Wrocław, Poland. See link.
I’m currently part of Asteria Creatives, a diverse group of Scientists and Artists with an interest in Space and its relationship to Earth development.