Where does your master’s degree fit into all of this?
I did my MA at Open School East, which is an alternative master’s programme; they moved their campus to Margate, where I am based, about three years ago. [As part of the course} you become an associate artist for a year and help them run budgets and programming; [the artist] Matthew Darbyshire was one of the guys who mentored me, and who later did The Art Block here at Selfridges, and loads of amazing artists like Monster Chetwynd worked with us. Doing a master’s was a chance for me to reassess what I was doing – when you go to university when you are 20, your life changes so much; doing a master’s completely solidified my practice.
How did your work develop following your master’s?
I have always worked with found objects to create environments that transport you into an uncertain reality. Having moved somewhere coastal, I got really interested in the shoreline and the edge of water. I love looking at the sea and there being nothing in my sightline – it makes you realise that first-world human problems are quite insignificant. I think that space is really powerful – the beaches and the shores have become this little stage where lots of different things play out.
Which brings us back to ‘Quicksand’. Are you going to continue working with sand?
I would like to make some little limited editions of the sculptures that you can have as paperweights, but for my next project I’m going to be focussing on proximity and proxies in digital technologies. Proxy is a state in which you let somebody make a decision for you, but I also think of proximity in relation to how we live as humans and how close we are to each other. It’s the edge of reality, the edge of technology and the edge of the sea.