First piece in response to my time working in the Filippiada refugee camp in Greece.
Dried fig leaves collected during my work in the Greek refugee camp composed into a map of the UK and laid over the words to Jerusalem. This piece is currently honoured to be a part of an exhibition throughout Silvie’s and Brown’s on Iffley Road in Oxford.
Untitled – 24th September 2016
Paper, Glue, Fig Leaves from Filippiada refugee camp in Greece, Words to Jerusalem
£625 (£125 of sale price will go towards work in Filippiada refugee camp)
My ambition is that this piece is a positive challenge to our sense of national identity. Observing the Greek response to the arrival of refugees into Europe was humbling. Part of what I am keen to do on my return is create opportunities for the people of the UK to reflect on our nation’s response. Though the UK government committed to take 20,000 Syrian refugees 12 months ago, we have only welcomed 2,300 through this asylum scheme so far.
Artworks from 2007 to 2012
In a segregated city, central to my practice since leaving university has been creating connection through social sculpture events in Oxford; dreaming up over 50 playfully interactive treasure hunts between 2007 and 2012. Alleycats are themed fancy dress treasure hunts to bring the diverse communities of Oxford together through a shared experience connecting people to the city.
Themes over these original five years included: The Dance Attack Alleycat, Boys Vs Girls Alleycat and a homeless shelter donations focused Shelter Shop Alleycat.
Work is currently in progress to develop a spring series of Super Alleycat events focused around five campaigns for social justice. Watch this space!