Through my art practice, I explore the kind of everyday routines, roles and rituals, both personal and political, that emerge within the home. The banal, the absurd and the humorous all appear from these moments where I pause to observe myself getting dressed, emptying the litter box, searching for a Tupperware lid or batch-cooking meals. It’s during these repetitive tasks that I reflect and find fuel for my work, collecting and recording as subject matter to use across a range of media and form, both 2D and 3D.
Within this humdrum of routine, I find many of my interests are in the pause and space within and between – moments of reflection, of looking and of silence. This often reveals itself within my work as visual emptiness, contradictions in form and material as well as breaks in language.
Thinking about what The Everyday means in 2023, my work uses humour, orderliness and the home to comment on the monotonous nature of daily domestic life, but also the chaotic nature of what’s going on outside it, particularly from the perspective of a millennial.
Very much influenced by Sophie Calle’s book L’Hotel, my own documented collections of objects, conversations, instructions and moments are often unremarkable in subject matter, but they offer a kind of informative intimacy that can be pleasantly familiar.
A collection of 5 handmade books and objects
Big Blue & Friends | A collection of the artist’s own food containers, each named and rated out of 10 based on their merits and shortfalls.
Tupperware Top Trumps | A classic game of Top Trumps using the artist’s own vast collection of food containers. Each container is personified and boasts scores out of 100 for powers like stackability and user-experience.
Batch Cook Yourself Together | An experimental set of batch-cook recipe cards, primarily about the everyday reality of preparing a meal, but also asking why us millennials are such a batch-cook-loving generation. Do we batch-cook to save time? To save money? To keep ourselves on track with clean eating? Or, is it that, in a world where the key markers of adulthood are shifting, batch-cooking is also a ritual that allows us to feel that little bit more in control?
34 Temporarily Floor-Residing Objects | A walk-through of the floors of the artists own home over a 7 day period, illustrated through monoprint.
Two 30 Year-Olds Cohabit | A collection of everyday Whatsapp conversations between a millennial couple living together in 2022.
In 1961, Henri Lefebvre defined The Everyday as an ensemble of activities that deal with our biological processes, using examples like "women sweep up the dust… they stop the holes… they fill the cupboards" (Lefevbre, 1961). Essentially, The Everyday was women dealing with debris.
Johnstone, Stephen. The Everyday. London, Whitechapel; Cambridge, Mass, 2008.