I reflect a woman's experience of life. I celebrate the power of narrative, making and the pivotal role of creativity in forming identity. I am interested in the manner our bodies reflect the pain and joy of our lives and see the body as a representation of experience.
I work with clay, plaster, metal and resins to create bodies that reflect a particular life experience. I expect art to require effort and use the often laborious process of making to inform my work. I use film to create narratives based on collaboratively crafted scripts that reflect, and undermine, the ideas, assumptions and symbolism that is associated with a woman's life.
I use philosophical theory, especially the works of Christine Battersby, to question how creativity, consciously or unconsciously, informs our identity as individuals and as groups. I interpret theoretical ideas and images of the feminine, the feminist and the female to find links between creativity and identity.
I was born in Namasugali, Uganda. I worked under contract to the Cape Town Opera and worked as a lobbyist within the ANC government before moving to the UK in 1999. I worked behind a desk for a number of years and learnt a lot about money and corporate communications. I travelled around the world giving training sessions to large groups of engineers about working together in a global market. I am an occasional singing teacher specialising in vocal production problems and performance technique.
I have an honours degree in music from Cape Town University specialising in operatic vocal performance. My honours thesis looked at the cultural relevance of Mozart’s soubrette roles. I was awarded a post graduate certificate in Psychotherapy from Regent’s College in London. I also hold a City & Guilds qualification in teaching from Guildford College and a Certificate in Business Management from the Open University.
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