I am a visual/performance/social practice artist, activist and curator. Within this context, I examine language, identity and dialogues happening globally and locally. I grew up in ‘The Troubles’ Belfast, N.Ireland which prompted me to explore human and civil rights issues and gave an awareness of the tensions that present within the body, as a result of conflict. While working as a nurse during the troubles, I witnessed injuries inflicted on the human body within and as result of a socio-political struggle. This experience has prompted exploration relating to the body in my work practice and research.
I often work in egalitarian collaborations with other artists and communities. My performances question whether or not, we as a society, are complicit in violence and breaking the skin of another. These performances aim to challenge concepts of compassion and consent and provoke critical thinking. The performances tentatively dispute the binaries we reconstruct between Self and Other and between our cannibal and civilised selves. The bodily human edge has a strong influence on the processes I use as an artist. I bring the skin to the fore as the border and boundary which seeks respect of other.
Given the present global conditions of political, environmental and economic uncertainities, I create Utopian spaces outside the white cube that engage with community action groups addressing issues. My new art dialogues through art practice, include curation of artist conversations 'Radical ReThink' and creating new performance and visual art research projects.