Incorporating photographic portraiture with a range of installational elements, my practice explores aspects of human behaviour and intellect,  current work focuses on the subject of ‘gossip’. In the post-truth world of identity theft, social media shaming and false news, I attempt to remind the veiwer of the legacy of gossip.

By taking the 18th century London publication, and purveyor par excellence of gossip and scandal, The Female Tatler, as my starting point, I draw upon the mythical status of its mischievous, multiplicitous author - Phoebe Crackenthorpe, experimenting with photography, projection and writing, I endeavour to create a complex fiction in an interesting interplay between the historical and the contemporary.

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