Above image: Public Treasure (2019), banner re-presented by Flyingleaps as street poster. Jill Laudet.
Talk us through your career path since graduating
Since graduating I have been lucky to find like-minded people to work and show with and opportunities which challenge and develop my practice. This has included mixed media installations at Ugly Duck, Bermondsey, as part of their Art and (H)activism season. I have enjoyed collaborating with other artists during residencies at John Hansard Gallery and in London; and creating joint shows, most recently as the Wraiths of Golgonooza with fellow alumna, Sarah Cliff. As I am interested in art in public spaces, I was pleased to have a banner printed as a street poster and flyposted in UK cities by flyingleaps.
What projects are you currently working on?
Currently I am beginning a six month collaborative interdisciplinary Text & Image project coordinated by St Andrews University and also developing new work for a site specific installation in an open space in South London.
Do you have any tips for recent graduates?
Persist. An earlier project, prompted by a phrase from the 1647 Putney Debates, involving long hours walking, researching the locale in winter, having to secure a relevant site for an installation, proved that a self-directed project was not only achievable, but also pivotal in developing my practice.
How do you think studying at West Dean College prepared you for what you do now?
The thoughtful structure and content of the course and the well judged input from staff ensured both challenge and support, and encouraged me to become self-directed.
What's your favourite memory from your time at the College?
Working alongside others late into the evening finishing an installation for an end of year show is among my favourite memories.