For Virtual Artweeks I will be sharing one object, work or process per day during the festival on social media. These may be reflections on collections I have in my studio, what I have done in the past, what I am doing now and even what I am failing to do. https://www.facebook.com/pg/contemporarybritishartist
On my Artweeks profile I will share a little bit of everything in the hope of giving an overall impression of my practice as an artist. For any questions relating to my work please email email@example.com.
My compositions are all processes of 'looking to be still' or 'to distil', whatever medium or form I use. As well as individual pieces I create multi sensory participatory installations, involving sound, touch and smell as well as the visual. I was born on the Isle of wight and my works have a background influence from growing up there, it is still very much a home in my heart. I have recently found a new love in pottery and am enjoying experimenting with this alongside my recording, writing and painting. I believe there are essentially 3 different types of drawing. There is drawing as a means of representation, drawing as a means of expression and drawing as a means of understanding. And in the creation of some of my works I have used all three and learnt a great deal about myself.
I am very proud to say that last year I set up Ayres house Studios, which provides me and others with a wonderful place to work, where I continue my research in Artistic Enquiry and studying for a diploma in counselling. I like to advocate people creating works of their own for therapeutic benefits and enjoy teaching as part if what I do. I currently teach from the studios and sessionally for the British school of upholstered furniture
Previous Work and Education:
I studied Foundation Art & Design at Central Saint Martins and gained a degree in Fine Art at Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College, graduating in 2001. Following graduation I continued study to obtain a teaching qualification, and have taught part time alongside my studio practice since 2006. As a part of my teaching within adult education and family learning, I have worked for Buckinghamshire Adult learning, MIND, artsmart and Daler Rowney. I was Resident artist and International export artist for Daler Rowney from 2009 to 2011. I then went on to become an Offender Learning Art Tutor for The Manchester College and Milton Keynes College, education providers for Her Majesty’s Prisons, and in 2013 I stopped work to focus on my family. In 2017 I graduated from Oxford Brookes University with distinction for an MA in Interdisciplinary Contemporary Art and created Adumbration Arts to teach independently and continue my research.