- a feeling of great pleasure and happiness.
“tears of joy” ·
delight· great pleasure · joyfulness· jubilation· triumph· exultation·
My creative practice examines joy!
Exploring what joy is, how it makes us feel and what triggers it within us. Capturing the sensation and pausing it, allowing it to be examined closer.
I explore a range of spaces; social, physical, architectural and emotional, to document these moments of pleasure, re-appropriating my findings through drawing, painting, printmaking and collage to generate an abstracted visual representation of joy.
The collecting, constructing and displaying of the work aims to invigorate the immediate space with an intensely positive feeling for the viewer both visually and physically through the playful use of colour, shape, pattern, form and texture. Hopefully an experience that will encourage us to think more about joy; what makes us feel that way, what sensations do we experience, are we actively seeking it out, how can we incorporate more of it into our lives?
A need for this type of elation feels ever more prevalent in our current socio-political and economic climate. I have learned through my own personal experiences that joy doesn’t erase the challenges of life or distract us from them but, by harnessing small pockets of delight, it can lift us, briefly and beautifully so that we can continue.
Next time you feel joy, pay attention to what made you feel it, what did it look like, sound like, feel like?
Ask other people what makes them joyful…
Lives and works in North West England
2013-2016: BA (First Class Hons) Fine Art, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
2012-2013: Art & Design Foundation Degree, University of Central Lancashire, Preston
JOY, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool 2019
DETACHED,AIR Gallery, Altrincham 2019
Semi-detached,Hanover Project, Preston 2017
Selected Group Exhibitions
Paste Table Gallery, Putney Library, London 2018
Twice as Nice,PS Mirabel, Manchester, 2018
Tracing PAPER, PAPER Gallery, Manchester, 2018
KAOS Festival of Contemporary Collage,Layer House, Slovenia, 2018
Something Or Nothing, Abingdon Studios Blackpool, 2018
Outcome, PR1 Gallery, Preston 2018
Art& York, York Racecourse, 2017
New Mills Festival, The Studios, New Mills, 2017
On – Going, SLOE Gallery, Manchester, 2017
AIR Open 2017, AIR Gallery, Altringham, 2017
Looking In, Looking Through, Neo:gallery23, Bolton, 2017
Small World, Mirabel Studios, Manchester, 2017
Art + Text, 44AD, Bath, 2017
Abingdon Studios, Grundy Gallery, Blackpool, 2017
Remnants, Hanover Project, Preston, 2017
It Shouldn’t Really Work, Abingdon Studios, Blackpool, October 2016
Means, Abingdon Studios, Blackpool, September 2016
West Lancashire Open Exhibition 2016, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, 2016
The Bones of It, UCLan BA Fine Art Degree Show, Hanover Project, Preston, 2016
12-2-1, Blackburn Museum, Blackburn, 2016
Echoes, Lytham Hall, Lytham St Annes, 2015
West Lancashire Open Exhibition 2015, Chapel Gallery, Ormskirk, 2015
Breakfast Included, Pop up gallery, Blackpool, 2015
Best of Britannia, Old Post Office Building, Preston, 2015
Clarissa Corfe Selects, Hanover Project, Preston, 2015
Recipient of Associate Artist Award, Art B&B CIC, LeftCoast, ACE
Second Prize BATH Open Art Prize 2017
Artlab Contemporary Print Fellowship Award 2016
DS16 Award Winner Fine Art category 2016
Centre for Fine Print Research, University of West England, Bristol