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NEW DIRECTIONS
A gestational period during lockdown
God's Garden BS1, 2020 (above)
Performance to camera, digital still


'Dispatch, sample 5'

Studio exploration, microscopy & collaboration to camera (human and more-than-human), January 2021.

Tracking diatoms, single celled organisms, found in a mud sample collected from the River Severn 'Ship's Graveyard' at Purton. For something so tiny, these transparent diatoms are incredible beings. Diatoms are responsible for 40% of all photosynthesis, a major source of food for other life forms, make up a significant part of the oceanic fossil record (and il reserves) and are therefore a major contributor to the health of the Earth's ecosystem, and ultimately human survival. 
Water, mud, bodies...

Gathering materials towards a new phase of work, a winter in lockdown walking, reading, thinking, writing. 
Its crisp out there. The river stretched out beyond its banks to the delight of the gaggling geese. They gathered again last evening as the sun went down through the mist, circling low over the rivered field then around again in ritualized surveillance.
Last summer
an inanimate brown form floated down the river
a deer
dead as a dodo
caught my eye 
under the shimmering sun
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And still 
now the river in spate
endless turgid brownness
lugging flood-washed debris
a cargo of deadwood and spilth
slopped out foam
of dis-care
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Photo from a growing collection of images 'Fragile Moments' (working title), documenting moments of living/dying. I live on a boat on the often flooded out Bristol Avon. I came across the swan just along from our mooring when I was spaced out recovering from a significant head injury, June 2019.
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The Best of Bristol Living
This commission incorporated painting (appropriating found imagery from developers' marketing materials), steel construction and GOD'S GARDEN BS1, a projected performance to camera shot on the banks of the River Avon near Goal Ferry Bridge in which a shelter is constructed out of cardboard (see image at top of page).
Centre of Gravity, Old Soapworks, Bristol 2020
BRIZopoly is a 9.8m2 board game formed around a large floor graphic originally commissioned by the building’s owners to demonstrate its development potential to prospective purchasers. Additional material for the game has been fabricated out of wood and DIY materials recycled from the old on-site bathroom showrooms. Visitors are invited to play as ‘developers’ by purchasing  'a derelict site' adjacent to the building and building deluxe apartment blocks.
BOSopoly

Take this opportunity to purchase and renovate your very own second home. Get away from it all’ to the idyllic landscape of sun, sea and surf West Cornwall. 
BOSopoly is part of a wider project BOShomes that uses an online ‘estate agency’ project to explore the politics of housing. Tate Exchange, 2019.


Performance-to-camera, a collaboration with poet Anna Mace, 2016. Commissioned for the Enemies Project, SW Poetry Tour & shown in the Pavilion, Hauser & Wirth, Somerset, and again in Sheffield, 2017.

Tectonics I
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Filmed in a gorge in a stream in West Cornwall that violently flash-flooded in 2008 by a localized storm off the Atlantic. A car was swept into the gorge, three young people lost their lives.
Tectonics II
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A concertina artist book in two versions - one digitally printed, one hand drawn/made. Again working with Anna Mace.
10 double page spreads. Shown at In The Open, Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery & Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 2017.
Poniou 25/5

Commission for Imagined Landscapes curated by Gemma Brace. 
Royal West of England Academy, Bristol (6th February - 12th June 2016).

"​Poniou 25/5 considers the effect of coastal flooding, moving the focus to a stream in West Cornwall. The work has been revisited since it was last shown so that rather than a series of canvases snaking across the wall it is now cantilevered across a steel structure. Whereas previously the work reinforced the swollen waterway as a boundary, it now creates a transparent border with its grid like structure allowing for multiple viewpoints through and between the work. In much the same way that Biggs’ work alludes to the conversational capacity of borders in mapping, the physical display of Poniou creates conversations between other works within the exhibition whilst still physically dividing the space." 
Exhibition essay.
All photographs courtesy of RWA Press (photos Alice Hendy 2016).
Fractured Earth
PhD presentation of practice
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Performance-lecture and installation of work at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives. Courtesy of Borlase-Smart Trust. Public presentation of PhD: work-as-event with discussion, 2016.

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