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About

Currently exploring the intersection between the domestic and the wild through the lens of motherhood and fine art making.

In becoming a mother I experienced a kind of dissolution of self, a loss of identity in service of the enormity of motherhood; the all encompassing responsibility, the incomprehensible magnitude of love. This kind of shift caused a kind of glorious freewheeling, every bit as disorientating as the liminal state of pregnancy, yet no longer unknown, this is the lived experience of motherhood.

 

There’s a term coined by anthropologist Dana Raphael called ‘matrescence‘ describing the new mother's physical, emotional, hormonal and social transition to becoming a mother. In the not knowing, I try to maintain a curiosity about my own journey, using art making as a means to reflect upon all that has happened; the trauma and awe of childbirth, the shift in every single one of my relationships and through the process of making I have began to understand, in some small way, how to stitch the parts together.

Process

Due to the new rhythm of parenthood I am required to move through the environment at a much slower pace, and lower altitude, which in turn has led me to develop a different means of connecting to the surrounding landscape in a much more intimate way. I came to the process of dye and ink making as a result of this, picking things from hedgerows in a way that I might have passed by before. The ritual of gathering materials to make inks and dyes has been something that I’ve been able to carry out with my son. Whilst the staggered stages of the process has allowed me to continue to make whilst going about my day to day work of caring for him.

 

Throughout the whole process I've always trying to relinquish control of the materials. Letting inks take their own course, leaving linen out in the landscape to be whipped about by the wind and rain and caught on tree branches. To let the flow of the river, and the melting of snow, shift pigment laid on a linen surface. I wanted the work to almost be in conversation with the elements of nature because to me it felt as though that embodies the process of motherhood, right from the moment of conception.

Exhibitions

Previously operating under Tessa Lyons

2021
Oriel Ynys Môn, Anglesey

2019
Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw, Pwhllheli

2018
Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Alberta, Canada
Performing Mountains - an international symposium of mountain culture. University of Leeds.

2017
Fleck Fellowship Award, Banff Centre of Arts and Creativity

2016
Mountain Arts Festival - Rheged Centre, The Lake District
Heaton Cooper Gallery - Grasmere, The Lake District
The Haworth Prize, Mall Galleries, London, New English Art Club annual exhibition
Zillah Bell Gallery, Thirsk
 

2015

Yorkshire Artspace Sheffield

Cupola Contemporary Art Gallery, Sheffield

'GRIT' Gage Gallery, Sheffield
 

2014

Kendal Mountain Festival. Lake District

Black Sail YHA commission undertaken (permanent exhibition) Lake District
 

2013

High Above Wide Lands. Sheffield
 

2012

'Genius Loci, A Sense of Place' London. Curated by Four Square Fine Arts

Jam Factory, Oxford.
 

2011

University of Brighton. Graduation

Education

MA Fine Art Digital - Central St Martins 2023

BA (hons) Illustration - University of Brighton 2011

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