If you had to describe your art style in a sentence, what would you say?
Video and installation art are best to describe it – lots of lights and projections and movement.
How did you get into making visual art?
Around my A-levels I found it more open to what you could make and do. I’ve always been interested in taking things a bit further than just painting; what if the painting could move, or you could go into the painting? Going to a lot of gigs that paired a visual and audio experience made me interested in working with visuals that move and not stand still for too long.
Can you pinpoint a moment or a piece of art that initially inspired you?
Two artists’ work which really inspired me: Yayoi Kusama’s Love Is Calling (2013) and Pipilotti Rist’s Ever Is Over All (1997). Both pieces incorporate either immersive installation or a merging of different footage on a large scale that is quite overpowering, which I find interesting for the viewer to experience.
What do you think is the overriding influence on your artmaking: other art, emotions, current affairs – or a mixture of all of these?
The main influence of my artmaking is creating an environment for people. I like people to be able to move around my work and see it from different angles and heights. I wouldn’t say I had a specific motive with my art other than for people to be surrounded by it. I’m happy for them to take their own interpretation of my work – there’s not set way to view it or experience it, and I like that.
If you could show at any gallery or event in the future, where would it be?
I would like to work with festivals in the future – Glastonbury, Green Man, End Of The Road. A lot of festivals have started to incorporate installations and sculptures, which I think is a good thing. I’m hoping to work with a variety of galleries as well. I think it would be interesting to see how my work fares in the enclosed space of a gallery and the open space of a festival.
Do you have a favourite venue you’ve shown in?
So far, it’s been in Arena Studios [above the Baltic Social], because it’s the first venue I’ve shown in as a solo artist. Also, being able to curate how my work is viewed myself has been equally daunting and exciting for me.
Why is art important to you?
Art means different things to different people; personal, political, a form of communication. I think being that open-ended, everyone can take what they want from it and it can mean everything and nothing at the same time.