1 What is/are the primary reason(s) for you to make work in the first place?
My work is so tied up with how my life operates that I find it quite difficult to unpick the primary reason(s). Perhaps it provides a means of digesting, reflecting and communicating aspects that most excite or arouse me, or parts of personal experiences and histories, and then making it manifest provides an opportunity to have interesting conversations with other people and other artworks around these interests. Or it can be making a piece of work that in itself sets up opportunities for people to experience or meet together or not meet together and yet share some kind of conversation. I always look to explore and expand aspects of non-visual sensory experience in my work.
2 What do you intend your work to convey to an audience?
Arousing people’s conceptions and experiences of their sensory understanding of themselves and the world around. I think ‘convey’ is perhaps too uni-directional a term. Perhaps maintaining ambiguity yet creating a space or starting point for different conversations and experiences is part of my intention. I am always attempting to balance a clarity and simplicity with an openness and generosity.
3 Why do you work in your chosen medium and format?
I work with photography, video, sound, installation, and performance, with each particular piece or work deciding which medium and format is most appropriate.
4 Technically speaking how do you go about constructing your work, that is the image or object itself? What devices do you employ?
I in different media and formats and use many different techniques often combining photography, sculpture and installation. I both work in my studio as well as constructing works on site or in relation to different conexts.
5 Which period(s)/artists/specific works of art are you influenced by and how directly? How does this manifest in your work?
Historical references ranging from Alberto Savinio, Piranesi, Robert Filliou, Borges, Bosch, Plato. All influences are made manifest to different extents and in different ways in my work.
6 What stimulates/informs your work from the world around you?
My work is often context specific or involves people in rituals of exchange, such as food or trade, to explore ideas of history, the senses and collective and personal memory. The personal and global politics of food, trade, waste and tourism have been a major focus of my work to date.
7 What stimulates/informs your work from your own personal experience?
My previous academic background, my Degree in Politics and Modern History, where I specialised in post colonial politics and political theory, and methodologies from my Msc in Communication Theory, as well as my work as a chef to fund myself through art college. I also work on many collaborative projects with people from diverse backgrounds and in different institutions and contexts, as well with other artists. My own half-Scottish and half Mauritian Chinese background and my time working on a residency and teaching at the art college in Mauritius.
8 From where do you derive your other visual source material (i.e. non art historical) and how do you implement this material within your work?
Contemporary developments, particularly in tourism, urban development and master planning, such as my recent research in Thames Town, Shanghai.
9 What are the main problems that you face in making your work?
I am too busy and am probably always working on too many projects, often now in different countries, so logistics, travel and time are my main problems.
10 Where do you intend to take your work from here?
Each strand has different directions and paths I can see, but yet to be discovered.