“My work is based around the human lived experience, uncovering and documenting key parts of life such as our mental health, our relationships and our memories. Often, I start using photography as a foundation for my work, using it as my primary medium, then building upon this using project specific techniques; these include moving image, the use of text and performance art. My main influences to date are Jo Spence’s work in photo-therapy and Agnes Varda’s video work documenting social commentary and women’s issues.”
How have you found your course and time at Brighton?
“During my time at Brighton University I have found my way as an artist. Being able to utilise the facilities and through the guidance of the technical staff and tutors I am now confident in my abilities and have a vision with how my work can continue to evolve outside of university. During this extremely difficult time of the pandemic we have been encouraged as a year group to make work about our struggles and how this has affected us and it is through the course that I maintained structure and drive during the past couple of years.”
How did you choose your course – why did you choose to study Photography?
“I have been interested in photography from a young age as my father worked as a photographer and my mother as an artist, I chose to channel this passion into a foundation degree at MET Brighton which I saw as a stepping stone to an art degree. I grew up locally to Brighton in nearby Lewes and so I have been constantly reminded of the artistic talent coming out of the Photography BA course. On completing my foundation, I visited the facilities on an open day and attended a graduation show at Edward Street, these events led me to apply.”
What are your plans after graduation?
“I plan on continuing to make work in both a professional and commercial capacity; at Brighton I was encouraged to think beyond the course and what opportunities might await me. I am interested in working within community arts and wellbeing programs as well as pursuing artist residencies within this line of work. I believe art has a key place within education and so being involved in this is important to my future plans.”