I was born in Fishguard in south west Wales in 1981. I did a sculpture degree at Falmouth College of Arts from which I graduated (not much the wiser) in 2004, and then worked for a recycling company, as a labourer on an organic farm and finally as a waitress. At this point it occurred to me that an art degree left me qualified for very little (especially in Cornwall), so I thought I’d return to making things. I spent some time teaching myself to carve marionettes, but found the idea of figures which could be made to perform, and to act out a scene by anyone at all, even more appealing. I made my first automaton in 2009 and have been enjoying it more and more, despite becoming increasingly aware of the almost unsurmountable amount I have to learn about mechanics, and suspect that I produce pieces entirely for my own amusement.
Recently I’ve been adding dynamos to my work to run sound and light- the range of things that can be achieved merely by the turning of a handle intrigues me, and hopefully helps to give a piece its own atmosphere. It would be wonderful to create automata which appear utterly haphazard yet elegant and thoughtful, both aesthetically and mechanically. I hope to get there one day.
For future pieces I’m thinking of elaborate buildings and goats. I hope these ideas will soon solidify.