Still Life (After Goya), 2016

This series of photographs draws on the Western tradition of still life (nature morte and vanitas) paintings. It specifically references Goya’s A Still Life of Dead Hares (1812), which was painted during the Napoleonic occupation of Spain, a period for him of death and mourning. Adopting a forensic approach, the series document in acute detail the main stages of decomposition over the passage of time, and takes the notion of impermanence to its logical conclusion.

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Every Contact..., 2015–2016

In the early 20th century, French criminologist Edmond Locard observed that “every contact leaves a trace”. This is especially pertinent in the field of fingerprint analysis.

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Evidence, 2012–2014

A series of photographs of simulated crime scenes, in which luminescent chemicals are used for the forensic examination of trace human substances. They were taken in the Crime Scene House, a teaching facility within Teesside University’s Forensic Science department, where students practice forensic evidence collection and photo-documentation. However, the composition and method I used - long exposure in near complete darkness, with or without ultraviolet light - contravene strict forensic protocol. This work was produced during a year-long artist's residency at the university in collaboration with Dr Tim Thompson, supported by Leverhulme Trust.

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Reflections, 2011–2013

Reflections is a series of five video portraits of people with facial disfigurement. It seeks to explore what constitutes beauty, identity and difference. Like an image reflected in water, our physical appearance is not static - it changes under the effects of age, illness or accidents, and these effects can change how we see ourselves and how others see us. In this context, would perhaps an identity built on healthy narcissism - a healthy sense of self-love and acceptance - rather than on physical appearance be more helpful, especially for those with disfigurement?

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70,000 Lux, 2010

Installation. Seven wall-mounted boxes, each containing a S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder) light, activated by motion sensors. While referencing the works of Donald Judd and Dan Flavin, it explores the effects of infesting a minimalist structure with a medical device.

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Ways of Seeing: Blindness and Art , 2008–2009

Video (3-channel projection). Examines how three visually-impaired people experience an art exhibition, mediated through the words of a professional audio describer and the curator. It explores how the unsettled relationship between seeing, words and knowing as articulated by John Berger (Ways of Seeing 1972) can be further complicated by sight loss.

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Good Morning Shanghai, 2006

Video. A montage of morning exercise routines by Shanghai people in public parks. Especially popular amongst older people, the exercises included tai chi, drumming, dancing, body slapping, sword fencing and other martial arts routines. Supported by the British Council and Arts Council England.

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Shanghai Remedies, 2006

Photographs. Portraits of Shanghai people and their medicine collection in their homes, exploring their health conditions, personalities and living environments. Supported by the British Council and Arts Council England.

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Frames of Mind, 2006

Video. A work inspired by and drawing on the archive of a former mental asylum, the Brookwood Hospital (1867-1994) in Woking, UK. Comprising images of vintage hospital equipment, patients’ case notes, photographic documents and other artefacts, it explores the changes in attitude towards people with mental health problems over the last two centuries. Commissioned by The Lightbox Gallery & Museum and supported by NESTA.

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Chinese Tongue Diagnosis, 2005

Video and photographs. A playful view of tongue diagnosis, an essential diagnostic method in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Supported by Chinese Arts Centre, Manchester, UK.

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Harry, 2003

Video and sculptures. Works inspired by Harry, an 81-year-old former boxer with dementia during an artist's residency at Age Concern Kensington & Chelsea, London. The film 'Harry' is in the Arts Council England Collection.

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Toy Stories, 2001

Photographs. Images of soft toys that have undergone 'human intervention', inspired by new developments in biotechnology.

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Phantoms, 2000–2001

Sculptures. A body of work that references the phantom limb phenomenon: by evoking anatomical specimens of amputated body parts through absence (hollow spaces within solid blocks of transparent acrylic resin).

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