I am an artist based in Glasgow. I have just graduated from the Master of Fine Art (MFA) programme at Glasgow School of Art. My recent work seeks to react and respond to our political, economic and environmental climate, to consider our contemporary situation in light of developments in human history, whilst questioning the ethical implications of the role of the artist within this. By employing a variety of media including interactive installation, web-based work, collaborative projects and performance spectacles I attempt this challenge, not in a dry or overly-intellectual way, but by devising playful new strategies which offer provocative or ethically ambiguous perspectives on local / global events.
Recent project include: the Artists’ Lottery Syndicate – a 40-strong collective of artists attempting to win the jackpot over the coming year, General Election Drinking Game – an ‘endurance performance’ to coincide with last May’s election, Vending Machine – an old vending machine reprogrammed to spew out free packets of crisps when news relating to the recession makes the headlines on the BBC News RSS feed, and, most recently Fireworks Display – a one-woman attempt to re-enact a chronology of the history of revolution over the course of the last 360 years via the medium of pyrotechnics (see image).
Image: Fireworks Display, Glue Factory, Glasgow, 26 June 2010
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