I have a background in Fine Art and trained at Chelsea College of Arts London. My studio practice is expressed by the means of the photographic before finally taking on sculptural form. I use the camera as a tool, constructing and blending landscapes together, which allows me to comment on structural identities.
The concept of meeting a liminal edge - standing at a threshold point - be it either metaphorically or literally operates as a core point of interest within my work. It is with this in mind, that I often physically embark on a voyage to start a new work; travelling to remote locations to gather my research.
In the summer of 2016, I spent two months on an Island in Norway. It was here that I began to explore ocean sustainability after being shown the harmful effects of Aquafarming. The Island itself is only one and a half miles long and is situated next to a larger neighbouring island which while I was there was bidding to attain planning permission to construct a fish farm. This would severely affect life in the Little Lighthouse Island bay, by polluting the water and damaging the seaweed that grows and therefore altering the culture of life on the island.
The black and white image - Litløy fyr (16) - documents the view of the fishing bay from the lighthouse tower on the Island. It is one of many images which have inspired a body of work about ocean ecology and the protection of marine plant life.
Reproduced with kind permission of Jessica Mason
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Research Theme: Systems Biology (Environmental Biology)