Welcome to my space @Outside In
About this gallery: I use this gallery for exhibiting different styles & themes which developed within my work. The current exhibition focuses on a series of artworks, poems & text created during the pandemic year, exploring how it affected my personal & artistic development.
About me: I am a poet and self- taught photographic artist interested in individual and collective human experiences. One of my objectives as an artist is to bring viewers in touch with their inner world. As such I often construct images to stimulate imagination. My work touches on intangible themes, including memory, emotions, dreams, fantasy and spirituality. These things can not always be understood with our rational mind but exists as something we experience. In more recent, collaborative work I have focused on the experience of a non-binary person, creating a voice and feeling of empowerment through imagery.
Within my work I use a mixture of photographic & digital editing processes, sometimes combining these with handmade techniques, including collage making. I play with natural materials I find on my walks or in the garden and objects with a personal history, including old photos and works of art. I continuously experiment with different methods and explore new ways of creating, often blurring the boundaries between photography and other forms of visual art.
Some of my imagery I use to accompany poems, I write in English and in German. Since 2018 I have been exhibiting my images in the UK and more recently also in Europe. I have been part of various collaborative projects and publications. Some recent ones include: “Virtual Home Museum” with Lagos Photo, “Out of the Woods” with Frontier Art, “Lewes Calendar Project”, “British Postcards” with Shutter Hub, “Poetry- a Shutter Hub Editions Publication” and “My Shadow” a forthcoming publication including a collection of texts & images related to Carl Gustav’s Jungian notion of the shadow, curated by Aldobranti Fosco Fornio.
I am a co-founder of the Flow Collective and a trained workshop facilitator and mentor, specialising in creative wellbeing.
About my background & why artistic work is important to me: Throughout my life- time creative work has been essential to me. Since childhood I have been creating drawings and paintings, using a variety of mediums. From the age of 11 I also started writing, about my personal experiences and a bit later about my perceptions about the world I grew up in.
As a child and young person, drawing & writing helped me to express my dreams, hopes, fears, desires – my anger & critique about an unequal world and to deal with childhood abuse & trauma. In my mid- 30’s I decided that I needed to break away from just looking inward. I studied law and criminology and ended up with a PhD in socio-legal studies. The academic work helped me to create structure and focus within my complex inner world which I now feel can apply to my work as an artist and writer.
After a brief period of postdoctoral research in 2016, I became a full- time carer for our daughter. Spending much of the time at home and dealing with a difficult situation I reconnected with my artistic side, focusing on photography, to help me cope. Interestingly, my artistic approach had changed. I found that it had become more playful and experimental. I am inspired by what I can find in my environment, especially on my my nature walks and in the garden & enjoy being in the here and now whilst creating.
The focus on photography not only helped me to cope as carer but in many ways has proved to be essential for my health and well-being. My photographic work enables me to do something productive in a world I find it otherwise difficult to function. I suffer from Multi Chemical Sensitivity, this is my body cannot process toxins including those found in every- day household products and cosmetics (by breathing them in through my nose). In addition, my brain does not cope with too much stimulus- most people can filter out aspects of what is going on around them-I am not able to do this. Spending time in busy, polluted, environments, or indoor spaces with groups of people therefore can make me feel overwhelmed and physically ill. By contrast spending regular times with my camera in open spaces is beneficial to my health and enables me to process what I can see and hear in my own pace.
Using a camera enables me to process the things around me slowly and in depth, by looking at them from different angles and in different lights and by further working on my impressions post shutter, when I edit them at home. I sometimes also create films of sound and movement, which I can then watch at home.
Living as a photographic artist has enabled me to be my authentic self and to do things that come naturally to me. I have an eye for aesthetics & a creative, inquisitive mind. I enjoy to experiment with different materials & with photo editing software. My artistic/photographic work is therefore most of the time in development- I regularly create different styles & series of images.
Finally, my life as an artist has helped me to connect with people in ways I never imagined. On social- media sites, for instance, my images have inspired creatives to write poems and to paint pictures. People also have been writing beautiful comments, thanking me for my texts and images and some even asked to buy my work. At local exhibitions, I had similar experiences, making me feel part of the community being liked and respected for who I am. Over the last couple of years I have gained a supportive network of artists colleagues, some with whom I have become close friends. I am now part of a women arts collective and a workshop leader support group. All these relationships are nurturing & make feel more secure.
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