I’m interested in using approaches to both sculpture and sound generation which are low on energy consumption, favour simplicity over complexity and make use of discarded, everyday, found and foraged materials. Inspiration is drawn as much from Appropriate Technology and Permaculture as from experimental music and environmental art.
My low-tech sound sculptures employ human-powered mechanical movements and self-built musical instruments to playfully explore sound, our relationship to technology and narratives around the trajectory of industrial society. I often experiment with the use of purely acoustic means to create an audio palette resembling electronic sounds. Available materials and function dictate the form of these sculptures and they evolve as I design, build and modify.
Natural materials from abundant sources are collected and used to produce my foraged assemblages. These pieces express my deep-felt concern over environmental degradation and contemplate transience, loss, humanity’s interconnectedness with nature and our reliance on natural systems and cycles.
Since studying graphic design in the mid-nineties I’ve used my spare time to pursue a wide range of creative activities. These have included graphic design, illustration, animation, sculpture, installation, wood carving, painting murals, curating exhibitions, software and sample based music production and building automata. I still occasionally produce graphic design, illustration and mural work and have a separate website dedicated to my output in these areas (tfdesignandillustration.wordpress.com).
Outside of my art practice I’ve worked for over a decade using a person-centred approach to support people with learning disabilities. I’ve worked within a further education setting as a Personal Support Worker/Learning Assistant (12 years) and as a Lecturer (4 years). My Lecturer role involved teaching Art, Craft, Gardening, Basic Carpentry Skills and Money Skills to young people and adults with learning disabilities. I currently work for a national charity and support older people with learning disabilities as they engage in craft and gardening activities.
Selected projects, events and exhibitions
‘Two interpretations of Steve Reich compositions’ -Musical installations. June 2017. Easton Arts Trail, Bristol.
‘ASARO exhibition’ -Group exhibition. October 2016. The Bearpit Outdoor Gallery, Bristol.
‘Pedal Powered Audio Contraption (v.1)’ -Musical installation. June 2015. Easton Arts Trail, Bristol.
‘Stinger’ (Stinging Nettle installation) -Bloom Festival. May 2013. St. Georges Park, Bristol.
‘Rough Cut Timbres’ -Interactive musical installation. July 2012. Create Centre, Bristol.
‘Illuminate Festival’. Puppetry and Installation October 2010/11. St. Georges Park, Bristol.
‘Dueling Duchamps’ -Interactive musical installation. -Bristol Cycling Festival. September 2010. Queen’s Square and Colston Hall, Bristol.
‘British Wrestlers’ -Illustrations on glass windows. -In collaboration with Rhiannon Chaloner as part of her ‘British Wrestling Legends’ exhibition. January 2010. Colston Hall, Bristol.
‘C Words: Carbon, Climate, Capital, Culture’ -In collaboration with Trapeze Popular Education Collective as part of Platform’s exhibition and season of events October/November 2009. Arnolfini, Bristol.
‘Hemisphere’ -Installation – In collaboration with Baljinder Bhopal. June 2009. Eastside Roots/Easton Arts Trail, Bristol.
‘The Wilderness Art Trail’ -Installations. – August 2008/09. Shambala Festival, Northampton.
‘Borders and Boundaries’ -Group exhibition January 2008. Awning Project, Bristol.
‘Mortal’ -Group exhibition October/November 2007. The Old Pro Cathedral, Bristol.
‘International Doodlebug Day’ -Group live illustration events September 2002/04/05. The Cornerhouse gallery, Manchester.
‘Leeds Short Film Festival’ -Short film festival May 2000. Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds.
‘Kinofilm’ -Short film festival October 1999 and 2000. Manchester.
Solo exhibitions and group shows I have curated*
‘British Summertime Ends’ -Solo show October 2011. Park Street, Bristol.
* ‘Made by Hand’ -InBristol Studios group exhibition. February 2011. Park Street, Bristol.
‘Stick Figures’ -Solo show April 2010. Stokes Croft, Bristol.
* ‘The Stokes Croft Herbarium’ -Group exhibition April 2009. Stokes Croft, Bristol.
‘Compost’ -Solo exhibition March 2008. Room212, Bristol.
‘One Too Many’ -Paintings of people in pubs -Solo exhibition 2002. The Chelsea Inn, Bristol.