Born in London, 1972
BA (Hons) in Fine Art Kingston University
I am a contemporary artist based in rural Somerset, UK. My work is research based with a particular interest in Folklore, including stories linked to my Romanian heritage. The main theme explored within the work is the idea of “THE OTHER”, the outsider. In shamanic traditions, the Other sometimes takes the physical form of a person who is “dreamt up” and feared by a community to represent their own unacknowledged fears and darkness that lies within themselves and humanity as a whole. My studio practice translates these ideas through iconic images brought into contemporary art forms.
In my recent art practice, I have been focusing on the ideology of the ‘Witch’ as the “Diabolical Woman” or the “Anti-mother” and how she has moved from being a political tool, used by state and church to oppress or dismiss women, to becoming a modern day feminist icon. My research has led me to investigate the Witch Trials in 17thCentury Europe from a historical social/political viewpoint and later the treatment of female patients in the Hospital of ‘St Mary of Bethlehem’ in London which came to be known as ‘Bedlam’. To finally, the modern day resurgence of Witches in popular culture complete with their own social media hashtags such as #witchesofinstagram.
More information about specific projects can be found on my Artist Projects Page.
2019 – ‘Mothership’ Artist Residency, Dorest.
2019 – ‘Love is Blind’ – City of Secrets exhibition, Liberty House, Bristol
2018 – ‘Witch Ghost Hunt’ project- Nunny Castle, Nunny Somerset.
2018 – ‘Hare Woman (Julian Cox)’ – Made In Bruton/Ape and Eden Art and Book Launch in collaboration with author and historian Andrew Pickering.
2018 – ‘Fetus Totem (Green)‘ – Bruton Art Society Exhibition 65th Annual show Bruton, Somerset.
2018 – ‘Fetus Totem’ – Arts Open Exhibition, Town Hall Arts Trowbridge, Wiltshire.
2018 – ‘Creative Pathways Bursary‘ – SAW (Somerset Art Works)
2018 – ‘Domestic Bliss’ – HONESTY SHOP part of the ‘The Land We Live – The Land We Left Behind’ Exhibition – Hauser and Wirth Gallery, Somerset.
2017 – ‘Connection‘ – The Brooklyn Art Library’s SKETCH BOOK 2018 project.
2017 – ‘The Digital Flower Garden‘ – Bath 2017 Digital Art Festival.
2017 – ‘The Finality Of Your Decision’ – Summer Exhibition, Bruton Art Factory, Somerset.
CAREER BREAK TO RAISE FAMILY
2007 – One Year Artist residency – Those People Productions, Cardiff, South Wales.
2005 – ‘Penny Collectors‘ short film script award production grant by Welsh Film Council.
2004 – Work featured in AN Magazine
2003 – ‘Mother‘ – Chapter Gallery, ‘Experimentica’ exhibition, Cardiff, South Wales.
2002 – ‘Home Town‘ – chosen by the British Arts Council to represents emerging British Artist in Milan, Italy.
2002 – ‘Home Town‘ – Gallery 39, Cardiff, South Wales.
2001 – ‘Noble Offerings‘ Book Art piece became part of the permanent collection at Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
2000 – Curator and exhibiting artist – Domestic Gallery “Here & There” exhibition, London.
2000 – Three months residency at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Milan, Italy