I'm currently completing a PhD at Glyndwr University, Wrexham provisionally entitled ‘Sublime Offerings: The Practice of Ephemeral Outdoor Installation Art.' The thesis examines six key examples of temporary site specific installation taking place in the UK from 2002-2008 and explores the mutually affective relationship between art work and location that occurs in 'site specific' practice. The research is also an investigation into the aesthetic response to art works in outdoor contexts and uses a hybrid conceptual framework based on a synthesis of performance theory, narratology and critical geography to explain the interrelationship between work, place, audience and time.
My art practice is focussed on spatial and social contexts, and uses provisional and ephemeral objects and events to interrogate the twin notions of location and encounter. Within this general arena the works I make are hybrid and situation-responsive: created collaboratively or alone, involving the creation of ’sculptures’ or utilising performance, transforming collected/found materials, or emerging as texts, photographs or drawings. At the moment I am particularly interested in exploring the concept of the gift in relation to how art works might be presented and encountered, and in using processes of abandonment and discovery to facilitate this.
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