A Journey Towards Post Mortem


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Post Mortem

15 October – 20 December 2015

A new sculpture will be unveiled at this prestigious exhibition in the Rommelaere Building, University of Ghent, Belgium.


The Post Mortem exhibition is part of the Fabrica Vitae tour.


The Path to the Inevitable


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There is death in the air…always.

Death seen and unseen.

How do we reach the inevitable end in our conscious being whilst being spiked with the knowledge that our unconscious self has a part to play? This duality of being nurtures a quest for expansion to the physical and metaphysical worlds that we inhabit, but how? This initial impulse is where a new piece of work for the Fabrica Vitae exhibition in Ghent, Belgium is evolving.

“People do not die for us immediately, but remain bathed in a sort of aura of life which bears no relation to true immortality but through which they continue to occupy our thoughts in the same way as when they were alive. It is as though they were traveling abroad.” Marcel Proust

“I can remember how when I was young I believed death to be a phenomenon of the body; now I know it to be merely a function of the mind — and that of the minds who suffer the bereavement. The nihilists say it is the end; the fundamentalists, the beginning; when in reality it is no more than a single tenant or family moving out of a tenement or a town.” William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying

 “Death is no more than passing from one room into another.” Helen Keller

A beautifully shot film trailer for the exhibition Fabrica Vitae http://www.interaliamag.org/audiovisual/fabrica-vitae-film-trailer/

‘Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again.’    Jean Luc Picard

Two Faced


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I am using a Mac to write, there is an iPhone on my desk, a Samsung screen looms above my head – a familiar scene to most of us.

As I witnessed first hand during a research visit, China is an incredible country, this extraordinary article highlights our combined responsibility for the impact on the earth that our lust for technology engenders. Its insightful and non-judgemental and therefore worth taking five minutes between texting to read.

End of Riga Exhibition


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If you’re interested in the melding of art and science and how this dynamic enhances our understanding of the world, then visit the exhibition Fabrica Vitae at Stradins University in Riga, Latvia – ends 31 May.

Discover my work Alternative Perspectives; Genius Loci – a digital photomontage that takes the image of a fly’s compound eye magnified 150 times, photographed using a scanning electron microscope, as its foundation.  Inserted ‘inside’ the eye is a window of an old farm building that, intrigued by its dark interior and a small rectangle of light on the opposite wall, insinuated an image of hope – but what do you see?

Alternative Perspectives: Genius Loci (fly)





Do we need money to live?

Do we need money to live as a an artist?

The answers are complex and not easily delivered.

The extreme cutbacks in the arts in the last few years have engineered an essential metamorphosis of my practice, one that is underwritten with the need to develop a sustainable income, whilst not compromising my principles. This essential transformation has demanded of my husband and I a series of dramatic undertakings and an uprooting, and it may take years for us to re-establish equilibrium.


My work is no longer one unbroken thread of research and development into environmental issues, funded by ACE, councils and charities, but now a commercial version of the fundamentals that guided my practice. This has enabled the essential core of my being as an artist to develop work for myself, and then only for exhibition when I require it, rather than a condition of the funding. The allocation of space and time for art – my sanity one could say – is a prerequisite, but one that is not easy to justify when the demands of the commercial occupation dominate.

Do we need money to live?

Do we need money to live as a an artist?

Curious about my new venture? Then visit my new gallery in North Norfolk – Utopia: The Unexpected Gallery is at Creake Abbey, North Creake, Fakenham, Norfolk NR21 9LF. Catch a glimpse inside http://www.utopianliving.co.uk/

utopia logo web square

This Saturday my two worlds collide when the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios event commences at our gallery. For two weeks there will be many unexpected combinations and happenings and it would be great to see you there.

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Is this the beginnings of a eulogy for the ash?

Originally posted on somewhere nowhere blog:

The ashtree growing in the corner of the garden was felled. It was lopped first. I heard the sound and looking out and seeing it maimed there came at that moment a great pang and I wished to die and not to see the inscapes of the world destroyed any more.

Gerard Manley Hopkins from Journals and Notebooks, (Excerpts)*

Split ash, CockermouthYou only need to read the first brutal sentence of this small paragraph to begin to feel a sadness. A familiar tree, seen day after day for year upon year, felled. While still growing.

Reading this short paragraph instantly brought to mind the coming decimation of the ash population in the UK. It’s true that the future can’t be predicted, and it’s not clear just how long the trees may take to die, or how many may escape the illness. In a conversation with a tree specialist last week, we heard…

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Full Spaces


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There is a stillness that belies the fluttering of broken wings.

Travel to Riga in Latvia between 26 March and 31 May and you will be able to experience an extraordinary exhibition at the Stradins Museum. http://www.mvm.lv/en/galerijas/

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Fabrica Vitae

http://www.fabrica-vitae.com/ and http://www.vesalius-continuum.com/

A touring exhibition about the fabric of life inspired by Andreas Vesalius 1514-1564

The exhibition aims to question what we consider the role of Art and Anatomy to be today by reflecting how it is perceived now and its possible path in the future.  Five hundred years ago Vesalius was at the vanguard of anatomical research – Fabrica Vitae evokes his spirit in pushing the barriers wide open to examine new frontiers.

For the exhibition, Alternative Perspectives: Genius Loci (fly), was selected for inclusion in the Stradins Museum venue. 


Paradoxical interconnectedness: Alternative Perspectives: Genius Loci (Musca domestica) contemplates a fractured reality where the relationship between the natural world and the anthropocentric compass reveals a dishevelled mourning. The housefly’s compound eye forms the corporeal structure for housing a window in which the planes of light and perspective are confused.

The duality of being: where science and art informs and nurtures our quest for expansion to the physical and metaphysical worlds that we inhabit, whilst the magnitude and monumental narrative of the planet ignites wonder, yet conversely, endows a sense of insignificance to mortal man.

Digital photomontage printed on aluminium

500 x 500mm

Open Ears

Originally posted on somewhere nowhere blog:

The sound of the curlew’s song looping in the cool air was a cause for celebration last week. And then the sight of its familiar inverted ‘W’, wings in mirrored arches led by a curved beak, added to our joy.

It seems like a simple thing, and in some ways it is. In other ways, it’s not. The sound not only heralds the coming of spring and tells us that this pair of curlews has survived the winter, it also taps into an ancestral place somewhere in our brains that once formed sonic maps to place us in time and space. It reassures us that the seasons are going as they should be, that the chill winds of winter’s tail will soon blow themselves out, and our own life cycle is continuing.

Curlews aren’t the only ones that bring tidings in their song. Blackbirds greeting the dawn; blue tits chatting…

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Immortal Worlds?: The Tale of Captured Light


Illuminating evidence that the future for us is dark – Immortal Worlds? collaboration with Dr Simon Park

Originally posted on Exploring The Invisible:

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Bacteria exhibit an astonishing metabolic diversity, which exceeds that of all animals, plants, fungi and higher organisms. Their invisible, and often overlooked activity, sustains all of the life that we can see as bacteria contribute, on a global scale, to all of the Earth’s life-sustaining natural chemical cycles.

The Winogradsky column is a simple device for culturing environmental bacteria and is an elegant means of demonstrating their vast diversity and complex interactions.   Invented in the 1880s by Sergei Winogradsky, the device comprises, a column of pond mud that has been fortified with a carbon source and a sulphur source. The column is exposed to sunlight for a period of months to years, during which aerobic/anaerobic, and sulphur gradients form. All of the bacteria in the mud column are present initially in low numbers and are thus not visible…

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