Lives and works at Manchester, Uk
Education: The Royal College of Art: Master of Art – Photography (2009 – 2011) Manchester Metropolitan University: BA (Hons) Interactive Arts; 1st class Honours degree (2003 – 2006) University of Castilla La Mancha: Erasmus, Fine Art (January 2005 - July 2005) Exhibitions: Manchester Museum November 2016 - July 2017, solo show 'After the bees' Freud Museum, London September 11th - Screening of 'Full' a film by Carol mavor and Megan Powell, followed by in artist discussion with Susie Orbach. Winterbourne House and Gardens, Birmingham, April - May 2016 - Solo show of 'After the Bees' Whitworth Gallery, Manchester February 2015 - Screening of 'Full' a film by Carol Mavor and Megan Powell Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, November 2014 - Screening of 'Full' a film by Carol Mavor and Megan Powell Tate, Liverpool, October 2014 - Screening of 'Full' a film by Carol Mavor and Megan Powell
I am an artist, photographer, filmmaker, and storyteller. I use portraiture and cinematography to combine still and moving imagery. I began taking photographs aged seventeen whilst living in a homeless shelter. I used the camera as a survival tool through which I filtered my reality. This provided me with a creative language to articulate my personal experience, establishing a framework to consider the oppositions and interrelationships of 'Life and Art'. I utilise narrative to separate my own self from my artist-self, placing my experience into a wider context. I analyse the mythology of the artist, exploring this with a childlike curiosity, rarely resolved and always searching. I aim to emphasise critique over confession, transferring personal experience into a wider, more universal context. At the core of this exploration is a focus on attachment, connectivity, and patterns of interaction. I recognise these themes in honeybees, exploring the position of an individual bee in relation to the hive as a whole. There is a dialogue between homelessness and bees with which I consistently try to connect. For me, the hive is a perfect economy, with each bee having individual purpose, as well as an instinctual sense of belonging to the colony. My work is a process, a narrative, forever being re-written and re-appropriated with each new experience; like utopia, a place of ideals and of nonsense. My narrative is exponential - boundless, and unknowable. My artist self is a vagabond within, oscillating between returning somewhere lost and striving towards a point of congruence. Yet the more I persist, the more elusive it becomes.