The Common House Mouse (Mus musculus) is described as a small mammal, characteristically having a pointed snout, small rounded ears, and a long naked or almost hairless tail. Although a wild animal, the house mouse mainly lives close to, and sub-dependently humans well, these ones do anyway!).
I’ve been lucky to always inhabit a world in which Selotape, string, paper and cereal boxes are plentiful…. And to have been surrounded by lovely folk who’ve encouraged me and put up with the mess!
After initially training as Theatre Designer, and working for several years in the Art education sector, I use these experiences to inspire and create mixed-media sculptures from found and salvaged materials; creating new meanings and objects from discarded objects.
I’ve always had a fascination with stories and histories, and collect profusely. I work with fragments of fabric, paper, wood and metal, with which I aim to fire up the imagination and encourage audiences to engage playfully with my work.
Mouse in the House is the product of a noisy brain and an overactive imagination…. They are collectors of treasure, eaters of cheese, made from fragments of stuff and memories, scraps of fabric, pieces of broken things, lost buttons and forgotten moments…
Working from my ever-growing collections of discarded objects, fragments and pieces, every aspect of my mixed-media sculptures is reclaimed, recycled, salvaged or upcycled.
I intentionally use low-tech processes to hand-make each sculpture using my techniques developed from the scale model-making process of a Theatre Designer.