Tell us about working with waste from the Selfridges Foodhall…
I find food so visually stimulating! I struck up a conversation with one of the butchers and they kindly kept some cool bones aside for me. I’m currently repurposing other beautiful ‘lost’ things from the store, such as corks and eggshells, to make works inspired by fashion accessories, the history of retail spaces, and the golden era of shopping.
What methods do you use?
I boil down the bones and submerge them into bleach or vinegar, sometimes salting them. I then organise them into shape and size and start to experiment sculpturally using mini tools, brass wire, and glues to assemble my pieces together. I finish off with a fine layer of matt painter’s acrylic to strengthen and protect the delicate, porous bones.
How has your time been living and working at Picton Studios?
I have felt incredibly fortunate to be an artist-in-residence at Picton Studios. To be situated in W1, within walking distance of so many galleries and Selfridges, has been really inspiring. It’s a generous amount of time, and the rent relief on both studio and home has been incredibly resuscitating… it’s allowed me to think freely and creatively. I’m so grateful for that.