ABOUT THE ARTIST
As a life-long historical re-enactor, historical research has been central to my practice. Over the past year the focus of my research has shifted away from the English Civil War and its landmarks, to an investigation of the way in which my family's involvement in the Sealed Knot has influenced the way I understand the past and present.
From researching Jeremy Deller’s Battle of Orgreave and We’re Here Because We’re Here, it became apparent that the use of interviews would help begin my investigation into historical re-enactment and its connection to my practice as an artist. This lead me to take an auto-ethnographic approach, analysing my personal experiences of this unusual hobby and examining what my role within re-enactment entails.
My position as an 'insider' has allowed me to build up a body of work documenting the unseen and hidden aspects of re-enactment groups and to consider how this extended family steps between contemporary reality and the 17th Century. My research and practice during this reflection has led me to question shifting identities, particularly the cross-dressing for female re-enactors, and how my view of contemporary culture has possibly been influenced by my upbringing in a parliamentary army within the Sealed Knot Society.
My creative practice uncovers and captures the hidden history of English Civil War locations through the use of screenprints, showing the landscapes palimpsest and reveals the disappearing past held within the land. With the use of photographic overlays and screen-printing techniques my representations of the landscape show an unseen and ghostly layer of societies past on our surroundings.
Photograph taken by Denisa Ilie
The 23rd Norwich Print Fair
3rd - 15th September 2018
St.Margaret’s Church Gallery, St Benedict’s Street, Norwich
MA Degree Show, Norwich University of the Arts
Ballot Collaborative Print Portfolio - June 2017 - 2018
A print collaboration between Norwich University of the Arts, Norwich UK and Crawford College of Art & Design, Cork Ireland.
Invited partners Print to the People in Norwich, Cork Printmakers and Limerick School of Art & Design.
23rd – 24th June 2017
CIT Crawford College of Art and Design
Nunnsyard gallery, Norwich
9th – 15th October 2017
23rd May - 4th June 2018
Limerick School of Art & Design
Industrial Colour with UNA Gallery
Undercroft Gallery, Norwich
5th - 22nd December 2016
BA Degree Show, Norwich University of the Arts