about me

By way of personal introduction, I do not have a formal art training, but start my professional career in 1981 as a commercial interior designer. Some years later, prompted by the aftermath of illness and life-changing surgery, I shift direction to follow a developing interest in psychotherapy and psychoanalytic thinking, undertaking a masters degree in the ‘psychoanalysis of groups and organisations’. Working through an intense period of personal change and professional retraining, I rekindle my earlier interest in art, pursuing a second career in art (psycho)therapy as a practitioner and educator. This, in turn, stimulates my interest in art as a reflexive research approach, and in exploring and how practices of ‘making’ may augment and amplify our understanding of the affective dimensions of human situations and experience.

Entering art academia in 2015 to begin my research I hover on the edges of retirement. Nonetheless, I am driven by a desire to make use of my experience - to draw on it as a resource and draw it out further through my research. Inevitably, I come lugging a great heavy sack of stuff - a repertoire of life experiences, personal, social, and cultural understandings, and ways of doing things that will undoubtedly affect how I approach the situation. Still, I am and can only be here because I have been there, and experienced and undergone that.

Led by process, my practice resists definition and categorisation. A hybrid of sorts, it does not sit comfortably in one place. Rather it continually reorganises and reconfigures itself in response to different situations, seeking to preserve uncertainty, tension, and complexity rather than resolve it.