Manifest Identity is an installation exploring the topological manifestations of the human form and its multiplicity of identities. Experimenting with how one can visualise that which is invisible, hidden, unseen, the work questions how our city’s geographical context conditions the ways in which we inhabit it; but equally how our forms continue to impress upon and shape the city long after we have gone.
The work uses a series of postcards showing iconic sites across Milton Keynes. The cards offer literal representations of the city in which I live, however my experience of this place has forged an alternative map of MK. In response I have crafted a series of interventions into this cityspace. I work and mould these cards around a group of mannequins. These mannequins act as display objects presented a narrative about these absent forms, locations, times and spaces in order to consider what happens when we have gone, moved on from a site, what imprints have we left in that space and in what ways do we still remain and inhabit this world after we have gone.
Manifest Identity is therefore a metaphor for, but also an honouring of, those who no longer traverse the streets of Milton Keynes, considering how remnants of their bodies live on, coagulate and stick to objects like dust in static. What manifests through the empty shells of the mannequins is a dimensionality hidden from the tangible world and a physics of form and narrative that speaks of an alternative map of time, space, identity and corporeality.
Sometimes I create socially- and politically-conscious pieces; sometimes my work is more related to philosophy or physics. I often create large (sometimes kinetic) installations, and often work with paper. Very much an art-world outsider, my work is usually in non-gallery environments. My practice can be quite politically-engaged. I work in a project-based way and like to respond to specific places and ideas. Conceptually the work often explores issues surrounding reality and experience, and by extension the nature of reality.