Certain encounters stay with us, or we retain them and integrate them into our approach to things. We create a narrative that links them to one another. As an Artist I find myself returning to these moments as touchstones for how I evolve ideas. A two month travel scholarship to Japan in 1991 provided many such moments, responding to the spaces, rituals and customs encountered. Without overtly referencing these I feel that aspects of this experience are instilled in my approach to most things, spanning work through to cooking, eating and gardening. It is in the awareness of nature, passing time and the seasons, coupled with an acute feel for a wide array of natural and manmade materials.
Alongside this I have a fascination with the urban landscape, and the density of city living. Based in Amsterdam in the mid 1990s and working at the Rijksakademie van Beeledende Kunsten enabled me to translate this experience into a practice residing somewhere between landscape architecture, object making and installation. Coupled with a growing interest in light, both natural and artificial.
Returning to the North East of England I have applied this approach to a diverse range of commissions, temporary and permanent, that engage with the history of a space, but deliver a contemporary outcome, contributing to a sense of Place.