Telling stories in bronze
My passion is for telling stories in bronze of struggles for social justice and redressing the lack of women represented, one statue at a time. A statue must be a catalyst for change. My life-long activism weaves its way through my artistic practice.
I’m perhaps best known for my bronze public commissions such as Sir Nigel Gresley at King’s Cross Station, the women biscuit factory workers – the Cracker Packers – in Carlisle, Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy in Congleton and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst in Manchester, winner of the Marsh Award for Excellence in Public Sculpture 2021. You may have seen these on tv.
Sculptural choreography harnessing sound
But my artistic practice is never static. Choreography underpins it all; choreographing stories in bronze, choreographing dancers, choreographing the sounds of nature. The outputs vary but the motivation remains the same. I want to move people, literally, figuratively. And always with a political twist.
Frustrated with the inertness of bronze, in Sculptural Murmurings I develop a form of sculptural choreography harnessing sound. Rather than clay, I use a dynamic modelling material – a group of dancers – improvising to the sounds of the Knepp scrubland over headphones. These soundscapes are audio stories of hope, the sounds of the burgeoning biodiversity.
Sculptural Murmurings was delivered as part of my residency at Fabrica, Brighton, and my residency at Knepp Estate, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
I’m a Member of the Royal Society of Sculptors (MRSS), the Society of Women Artists, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and member of the Wildlife Sound Recording Society. I live and work with the spinal condition Axial Spondyloarthritis (AS).