The idea of shelter and the inhabitant is at the core of much of my work; how a person is shaped by the buildings they have occupied and how a person occupies their own psychological space. The word inhabitant contains the root habit (dress) and implies a habitat (dwelling) and my work often has this double function of being both shelter and clothing. The shelters are an expression of the layers that we surround ourselves with. Increasingly my work is worn or performed, using somewhat absurd spaces constructed specifically to fit my body. These constructions protect me and make me vulnerable in equal measure.
I am interested in exploring the temporary and the transient through reference to architecture and the body. I often use architectural forms in my work as it represents, for me, the most poignant example of transience; man’s attempt to create permanence and legacy through building. My work, which comprises documented performances, installations, drawings, artists’ books and sculptures, are often precarious and heavily dependent on the environment in which they are made and/or shown.