Born and educated in England, I moved to California in 1982. I am a resident studio artist at Distinction Gallery in Escondido.
My photo-narratives are hybrid forms, transgressing distinctions between the verbal and the visual: the image as text. They explore invented spaces, alternative histories, and visual fictions, sometimes incorporating altered, appropriated images. These narratives may be based upon specific historical events or figures: the anti-lynching campaigner Ida B. Wells, Joan of Arc, Plessy v. Ferguson, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, the invented autobiography of a Soviet female fighter pilot. Others can be read as murder mysteries. The form of the murder mystery lends itself to my work: In the detective novel there are always multiple interpretations (suspects), and the reader/viewer is expected to find meaning before the narrative itself discovers the “truth.” Finally, putting two images (or indeed two sentences) together immediately creates a tension for the viewer that the viewer wants to find/interpret. One doesn’t have to make the viewer do this. And the viewer will find a narrative in the visual and verbal texts that “explains” the narrative of the particular piece. Sometimes this may be a self-referential narrative: The work itself has its own logic—plus the logic that the viewer finds there. Viewers may be challenged to find their own narratives in each work.
I am fascinated by human behavior, by selfless acts of kindness, by extraordinary acts of cruelty, and by human responses to success, failure, surprise, and accident. I am fascinated by the quirks and the earthquakes, the repeated histories of human beings and their relationships to other human beings and to the world about them.