How has growing up in Scotland and moving to London impacted your work?
Growing up in Scotland I was constantly surrounded by vast open spaces, mountains, wilderness, rocks and sea. It makes you feel very small and you naturally question your relation to the world in a very primitive sense. I guess this is where my practice started. Moving to London allowed me to bring my ideas into the context of contemporary society and apply them to the cultural and social constructs we live by. London is the perfect place to explore the meaninglessness of the ‘natural’ or primal within a society of consumption, fiction and trend
What are your favourite mediums to work in and why?
Plaster and clay are definitely my favourite mediums to work with. There really isn’t anything like the connection you have with a work or material when the only tool you’re using to sculpt are your own hands.
Describe your perfect day.
Wake up super early, drink too much coffee so my heart is palpating but not quite anxiety attack level, head to the studio to make some work, a long boozy lunch with friends à la sex and the city, gallery opening (free drinks), then out.
How do you decide what you post on Instagram?
It’s a case of do I have a caption to make this post funny? My captions mainly come from things that real housewives say or kardashian episode titles. Which often interestingly doubles as titles for my artworks.
What's the best night out you've ever had?
Wow that is so hard, probably one I can’t remember…
What sparked your interest in olive oil?
Travelling for sure. I think it’s the association that I have with the taste and the colour. I also love that it is important in so many different cultures; it’s beautiful and makes me happy. I spend a lot of time looking up oils online and pairing them with breads. I want to have my own olive grove so badly.
Images courtesy of Aidan Duffy
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