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A lot of my photography work now is landscapes. Sometimes they have a look of a painting. As a photographer I am not an outside objective observer. In every area that I photographed whether around activism or around nature I get involved more than I take photographs. I do not want to be a camera. I want to be deeply and more profoundly human and linked with the world and if photography doesn’t help me do that it can go to the wall.

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Dragons and rabbits – oil painting 16x20inches

This is a series of drawings and paintings in various mediums including oil. It’s an exploration of drawing from direct links to internal experiencing. Particularly inspired by contemporary philosopher Eugene Gendlin’s practice of “Focusing”. Extending this to dual attention – on the internal and external – including for example using objects, nature or music.More drawings and paintings can be found here: https://drawingonfocusing.wordpress.com/

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I’m interested in making work about the the world around and inside – both visible and invisible. A recurring question is “within this system how can we manage to be most fully human”.  To me, art is a manifestation of life: a direct visual proof of the life moving inside us. The belief that art is mimesis or representation – that art came beneath ideas until ideas infiltrated it – has killed what is alive in art. The spirit of art dies when we think of it as only a representation or idea. Art is the proof of life lived here. Proof of internal life. Internal lives moving the hand that makes the drawing or painting or sculpture.  A drawing follows the line that’s inside me. Art gets reintegrated into our lives and used as an environment that in part at least helps us to get back in touch with our internal, living, soulful selves. We produce what we produce when the bigger world – life, our environment and all that out there – moves through us. How do we deepen that connection, tap into what’s bigger? Can we risk allowing art to use us instead of us using art? Can we get to a new state of being? One that isn’t exploitative but tunes into the larger world around us and allows its expression through us?

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Given that the government and most of its agencies – including most of the psychology research world which focuses so much on behaviour – isn’t interested in what we think or feel, isn’t interested in the life that’s inside us, it’s becoming increasingly crucial that we make work that explicitly deals in our internal lives. That deals in life.

Writing

The Awakening Conscience AKA From Professional to Poverty AKA From Striver to Skiver

This PDF is a zine/pamphlet from 2013. It is an urgent attack on Striver mentality that is keeping us from really living and really sticking up for our rights! This is to do with our collective struggle with the meaning in life and work – oh and the government’s thoughts on these things come into this zine because – well – when you’re living in poverty you come under attack from the powers that be. C’est la vie. This has been stocked by Infoshop at 56a, Newsfromnowhere in Liverpool and Housmans Radical Bookshop in Kings Cross.

At Sea With Sexists

This is a taster of a zine I put out in 2009 which has been archived by the British Library, The Women’s Library at LSE, London College of Communications and Grassroots Feminisms. It was stocked by Freedom Bookshop, Housmans, Newsfromnowhere and 56a.