about me

“I’m a painter,” I used to say when asked what I do, but the answer comes less easily now; my practice is constantly evolving. I still paint and draw, but also write and experiment in other media too. I read. I explore. I create. “I’m an artist,” I say now.

Personal experience with the body in health, illness, and death has more recently informed my practice, and highlighting the human condition has become central to my work. I am intrigued by contemporary issues, by people, our connections, and I want to engage those stories. I am drawn toward longer-term projects that organically take shape as a story unfolds, that require patience and commitment and a hint of bravery, risk-taking. I believe in the power of art to connect people and improve lives. Creating art – and through it telling our communal stories – is what I choose to do to contribute to the world.

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2019 | ‘Cosmos’, Nuffield Orthopaedic Hospital, Oxford (forthcoming)
2018 | ‘Fields’, Central Saint Martins at Granary Square, London
2018 | ‘Changing Expectations of Art & Science’, TedX Whitehall, Royal Society, London
2018 | ‘Lumen Residency 2017’, The Crypt Gallery, London, and Atina, Italy (2017)
2017 | ‘Printout’, Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes Gallery, London
2017 | ‘Cryptic 2017: Art and Science’, The Crypt Gallery, London
2017 | ‘Imagining CERN’, Windows Galleries at Central Saint Martins, London
2017 | ‘CSM x CMS: Entangled’, Four Corners Gallery, London
2017 | ‘Em-em: Embodiment and Emotion’, THECUBE, London
2017 | ‘Here’s Where You and I Collide’, Central Saint Martins at Mangle, London, UK
2014 | ‘See Me Through This’, Photo Market, Fishbar, London
2011 | ‘The Book of Tottenham’, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, London
2011 | ‘On the Training of Painters’, Bloomington Theater & Arts Center, MN, US

PUBLIC TALKS and WORKSHOPS
2018/19 | Wellcome Collection Open Platform (workshops): ‘Visualising the body at a microscopic level’ and ‘How context affects a viewer’s experience with an artwork’
2018 | London Laser ‘Liminal Bodies’: co-led a group poetry writing exercise
2018 | Tate Exchange Studio (workshops): ‘My studio is inside your body’ and ‘My studio is the art gallery’
2016-19 | University College London iBSc Women’s Health (talks): ‘BRCA mutations: the patient’s perspective’ and ‘Art and Medicine’ lectures for medical students
2017 | THECUBE (talk): ‘Art and Emotion’, emotionally difficult artwork and censorship
2017 | Soapbox Science (talk): community event at Thamesmead Festival pairing artists and scientists to promote women in science

ARTIST RESIDENCIES
2017 | THECUBE, 9-month residency focused on embodiment and emotion, in a co-working and exhibition space dedicated to design, science and technology, East London
2017 | Lumen Residency, 2-week residency with an art collective exploring themes of astronomy and light, Atina, Italy

PUBLICATIONS and WRITINGS
2018 | ‘Meaning Emerging for an Art Viewer as a Creative Process’, MA dissertation
2017 | ‘Making Sense of Experience through Art and Story’, THECUBE inaugural magazine
2016 | ‘See Me Through This’, Science and Photography special issue, Financial Times Weekend Magazine

SELECT HONORS
2018 | Shortlisted for Lucy Art Residency
2017/14/13 | Semi-finalist/Finalist, Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize, The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University

COLLABORATIONS
2017 – present | Artwork, talks, workshops and projects in development as ‘And&’ in partnership with Julie Light
2012 – present | Long-term project with photographer Maja Daniels to engage a personal medical journey with the BRCA (breast cancer gene) mutation
2019 | Artwork for the launch of the expanded Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility at Kings College, London, with Prof Sasi Conte, Dr Andrew Atkinson and 3 artists
2017 | Artwork for a public engagement event with astrophysicist Bella Boulderstone, facilitated by Soapbox Science to highlight women in science

ART TEACHING EXPERIENCE
2006-07 | Art Teacher, CATCH Program, Offsite Educational Services, Bronx, New York, USA : Taught art fundamentals to ten teens ages 15-17 in a weekly program for students in need of a supportive and personalized environment to succeed academically.
2005-07 | Teaching Assistant, The Art Students League of New York, New York, USA : Assisted weekly teaching 16-22 children ages 7-13. Curriculum was grounded in an understanding of the fundamentals of drawing, colour, and design, and emphasized exploration of media.

EDUCATION
2016-18 | MA Art and Science; Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, UK
2008-10 | The Atelier Studio Program of Fine Art, Minneapolis, MN
2004-07 | The Art Students League of New York, NY (variety of classes)
1993-98 | BA Chinese Language & Literature/Asian Studies; University of Colorado, Boulder, CO