Art




As a child, I didn't do much art. I don't remember having any particular interest in it at school, and in my free time I either played outdoors - exploring, building things - or made models indoors, usually out of Lego. And with my parents I enjoyed day trips around England, and holidays to Wales and Italy.

I left school at eighteen, spent a year playing in rock bands, and then went to university to study philosophy and politics. But I didn't find that creative enough, so I left to write some more songs. I also took O-Level art, which I passed so easily that I realised going to art school - like lot of my friends had done - was a definite option. And so I went.

But from the start, I always had terrific trouble reconciling the politics of making art (for money) with my philosophical idealism, which obviously didn't bode well for a career as a professional artist. In fact, I methodically documented and then destroyed most of my work shortly after college, and moved on to the ephemeral worlds of theatre and, for a while, full-contact karate.

But since 2007, I've been using cheap digital photography and this simple website to move bits of light around, all of which I find very satisfying - not least because it's a reasonably quick process that requires very little investment and hence demands no significant financial return.

And while I still have no inclination to produce saleable commodities, when circumstances allow I enjoy exploring the possibilties of creating images using temporary sculpture, projection, light, and aspects of performance.

I was able to begin this exploration thanks to an artists' residency at An Tobar arts centre on the Scottish isle of Mull, and continued this work courtesy of nearby Strongarbh House.