I investigate ideas of transformation, often using light and colour to explore found materials. By using photography and video to focus, the most mundane materials can reveal a hidden beauty. The spaces that we ignore and the things we push aside or throw away are often worth exploring further.
My work uses photography, video and installations: projecting images into spaces ensures that the viewer interacts with the work on a three-dimensional basis, and makes it an active, rather than a passive experience. The atmosphere of a space is often changed through projecting images into it, I often think of it as ‘painting’ a 3-D space with imagery. Installations are temporary, there one day and gone another, living on as a memory.
As a child my parents worked for the circus, moving between towns and educating my sister and I on the road. My dad was the ringmaster and I was, and am still, fascinated by the show itself, the feel of the place and the transformation inherent in that life.
My work is fed by those early experiences, without using them literally. It is where my obsession with the transformative effects of colour and light began and it also informs the search in my work for that extra element: a sense that the work you see has captured some part of you, even if only momentarily. I search for that undefined experiential moment.
Qualifications & Awards
Winner of the Meadow Arts Prize 2010
Fine Art BA (Hons) - 1st Class, Hereford College of Arts, 2010
Thereby Hangs a Tale – artist residency at Croft Castle & Parkland (National Trust) commissioned by Meadow Arts, resulting in site-specific projection into a neglected cellar space in the castle for Time Will Tell, group exhibition. Accompanied by public artist’s talk. (This piece was reconfigured at a much larger scale for In Another Light in 2014-15, at the request of National Trust and Meadow Arts.)
A Shrine to Our Precious Things – commissioned by Meadow Arts for In Another Light, group exhibition at Croft Castle & Parkland. An installation on two nights: members of the public joined in to create a ‘shrine’ at Croft Castle. This was accompanied by a website where people could contribute pictures and stories of personally ‘precious’ items that they owned.
2017 The Happening, site-specific installation, De Koffie Pot, Hereford
2016 Unseen, site-specific installation, Hereford College of Arts
2015 The Light, site-specific installation, St Michael’s, Kingsland, Herefordshire
2015 Group Show, site-specific installation, Hereford College of Arts
2014-15 In Another Light, commissioned work (site-specific) & reconfigured existing work, Croft Castle, Herefordshire (Meadow Arts & National Trust)
2013 Artists’ Talk: Rebecca Farkas & Lexi Strauss at Worcester Museum & Art Gallery for PITT Projects
2013 Time Will Tell –a Meadow Arts exhibition at Croft Castle, Hfds (including Artist’s Talk)
2013 Ludlow Open, video
2012-13 Artist in Residence, commissioned to make work for Meadow Arts exhibition Time Will Tell
2011 Spread Art, photographs, Art 360 (for h.Art 2011)
2010 Herefordshire Open Exhibition, video
2010 h.Art, photographs, The Print Shed
2010 Summer Show, installation, Hereford College of Arts (graduate show)
2009 Summer Show, installation, Hereford College of Arts (group show)
2008 The Pen, artist’s print, Material, Ludlow
2008 Open Studios, photographs, video, installation, Hereford College of Arts
2007 h.Art, Frame Up, photographs, Hereford
2007 All Saints Church, photographs, Hereford
2007 Summer Show, artist’s print, Hereford College of Arts
Image credit: Thereby Hangs a Tale (2015), Meadow Arts commission for In Another Light at National Trust's Croft Castle & Parkland. Photo Stefan Handy.
Contemporary artist, working with colour and light to produce video, photographs and installation artworks
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