Pardon Rug considers older men who have recently received a pardon from the British government for convictions held for homosexual acts that would no longer stand today. The form of a rug provides a metaphor for something that is walked over and that problems are swept under.
London Cottage is a broken, illustrated narrative that documents wordless language used within Cottaging (the act of men seeking sexual connections with other men in public toilets). It gives a window into a world which to many goes unnoticed.
Grindr Quilt considers behaviours that are inherited - somehow passed down through generations where intergenerational connections rarely exist. It draws parallels between Cottaging and Grindr, whilst recognising Grindr is embedded in the domestic.
It builds on my series Grindr Drawings, an archive of images men share on gay networking app Grindr. Loose and speedy drawing spares the individual identity of each subject. The drawing unifies the appearance of the images - it gives them a collective identity, affirming their common source. The drawings are made from photographs without meeting the subjects in person, however each is given a brief moment of intimacy, reflective of the many connections formed on Grindr each day.
School of Communication
MA Visual Communication, 2017
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In the year that sees the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexual acts in England and Wales, my practice has focused on echoes that can be found in aspects of contemporary British gay culture from the period of homosexual criminality.
Through drawing I make a record, a discursive documentary of aspects of homosexuaity in 2017 that begin to construct a definition of collective identity.
- BA Hons Contemporary Textiles Practices, Norwich School of Art & Design, 2005
- Visiting lecturer in BA Textiles, Cass Faculty of Art & Design London Metropolitan University, London, 2007 -; Creative director, Mr Wingate, London, 2005-2015; Applied arts pathway leader, Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Norfolk Adult Education Service, Norwich, 2013-2015
- DRAW, Hockney Gallery, London 2017; MANMADE, Truman Brewery, London, 2015; Fabric of the City, Bank Gallery, London, 2015; Tent, Truman Brewery, London, 2015
- Gillian Orr, The Fair Sex, The Independent, 11.6.15, 39.; Style Wish List, The Observer Magazine, 9.1.11, 41; Marie Davies & Florence Massey, London Edge, Drapers, 21.2.09, 34