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I make different forms of texts using simple but often ambiguous words and phrases, mostly through printmaking and drawing. The written word holds many paradoxes, not least those of absence and presence. There are gaps and overlaps between reading and viewing, text and image, the hand and the machine. I try to create breathing spaces in which we can pause and look back at language. Whole narratives can be compressed into a single word or familiar phrase. The drawings' resemblance to plans and blueprints reflects the strange provisionality of written language; the things about which we write are always elsewhere. I work only with Times New Roman the default font and my own handwriting to minimise questions of typography.

A site-specific commission is installed as a permanent feature of in the Prints and Drawings Study Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum. I have shown work widely in the UK and abroad, including Portugal, France, Italy, Finland, the US and Japan. Work is held in collections in Portugal, including their National Library, and in the Text Archive at the Bury Art Museum and Gallery.

I live and work in London, where I have a studio at the N22 Chocolate Factory. I am a member of East London Printmakers, an artists' collective based in Hackney.

Many of my prints are for sale.
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print archive
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new prints
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victoria and albert museum
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2014 text festival
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if truth be told
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