My work deals with sexuality, insecurity and contradiction, I have been working with these themes since studying in Leeds at the Metropolitan University. The early work is very introspective and closeted I was communicating the dilemma of being stuck in the closet and working through my own feelings about being gay.
Depression and contradiction featured in a lot of the lard, tar and battered works. Contradiction and self-loathing were topics that appeared in the Wax and Nail series.
After coming out the work took a turn towards anger and militancy. My awareness of social policing and how dominant heterosexual society controlled
And repressed any other sexuality forced me to do the Gay darth Vada march at gay pride. My work became up front and confrontational in works like “Dominant 3”, “Arseholer”. I was becoming more and more interested in Gay culture and how art could be used to change thing I was not happy with in our society.
“Art and sport against Homophobia” was an exhibition in conjunction with “GIRLS SCHOOL” a collaborative Exhibition curated by friends and Art trio Alex Dipple and Matt Pagett.
My work was Dealing with the Death of the only ever gay and out footballer Justin Fashanu. He hung himself in 1998 after years of feeling rejected and hounded by the football world. This Exhibitions aim was to raise awareness about his life and the Justin campaign that myself and a few of our players from the BRIGHTON BANDITS Gay football team Launch in the Anniversary of his death.
The Campaign aims are to help the FA and FIFA create an environment were by Gay football players feel able to come out.