A deafened visual artist and creative practitioner in education. My background is in arts, disability equality training and clinical work with adults and children, which puts me in a good position to capitalize on my capabilities, integrate my skills and develop new ways of working to empower others. I view my art as a way to reflect on human and social issues and a means to building bridges.
I am a Nichiren Daishonin Buddhist (Soka Gakkai International) and this Buddhist philosophy informs my creative practice and goals. Primarily, my work deals with barriers, overcoming the limitations that deaf and disabled people face in society.
My methods of working include repeatedly drawing, erasing and photographing an image on one piece of paper and superimposing the image onto a photograph to reflect destruction, reconstruction and resurrection; symbolizing empowerment.
My own discrimination experiences have catapulted me into a completely fresh approach to my artistic practice moving me forward to work in new ways which integrate the deaf and disabled perspective and the strong force of deaf and disability arts. This is an exciting area where I can bring alive my passion for people, personal introspection and development, psychotherapy, Buddhism, equality, diversity, vibrancy, and colour.
I work in an integrative way, often using transformational techniques to elucidate hidden truths. In 2007 I was awarded an Arts Council Grant to creatively explore my own and others disability discrimination in employment. I created a multi media installation 'Many Faces of Discrimination' in collaboration with Jon Adams (sound artist) and Caglar Kimyoncu (filmmaker) which described my journey of employment discrimination experiences. The final installation depicts the external causation and the powerful internal effects.
As creative practitioner, in the last two years, I have worked with Stour Valley Arts (SVA) in the Downtime project facilitating youth offenders to create art in Kings Wood forest, the Enquire4 project with Turner Contemporary Gallery, SVA and a junior school in Margate which also involved working on the Tate Movie Project for the Cultural Olympiad, the final film produced by Aardman Animations 'The Itch of the Golden Nit'. More recently I worked with Juan delGado on the SVA iFilm project, with two special needs schools in Kent, to support young people with filming and their final film I Know a Place. I have participated in the Sync SE two year Leadership programme.