1. How long have you been at Phoenix?
On and off since 2015 - I've been in 5 different spaces in the building so far!
2. What are you working on at the moment?
I'm working on a public art commission called The Ring for the Canal & River Trust, which is based around the Worcestershire canal ring and specifically around the town of Droitwich spa, which has a fascinating history of salt production and international trade. I've been making salt sculptures and experiments in the studio and developing the public art element, which is still under wraps but will involve a journey...
As part of artists collective Figure Ground I've recently finished a book of interviews with artists working in public art, which is now published online and in a great limited edition print run by local Brighton Riso printers Studio Dopple. (http://www.publicartroadtrip.com)
I'm also working on some new textiles pieces based on drawings I did during my 2016-17 'Artist's Residency in Motherhood'. I'll be showing some work at the Maps & Lives exhibition coming up at Phoenix in November. And I am in the final stages of a PhD so I am editing and doing layout for that.
3. Which media do you like to use?
I tend to work from an idea and use the media that works best for the idea. Having originally trained as an architect, drawing has always been a part of my practice and I still draw by hand all the time. I also use model making when designing large scale artworks. I've used analogue photography, darkroom work, and filmmaking a lot in the past and I always like to return to these techniques. I'm a consummate hoarder and a lot of my ideas come from objects, so I keep lots of random objects in my studio. I've worked with performance although not recently but I do really enjoy it. More recently I've been working with textiles which I love doing as the practice of making is so meditative.
4. Which other artists do you admire?
John Akromfah, Willem Boshoff, Marcel Broodthaers, Rose Finn-Kelcey, Susan Hiller, Suzanne Lacy, Sally Mann, John Newling, Adrian Piper, Robert Smithson, James Turrell, Merle Laderman Ukeles. At the moment I'm interested in (particularly women) artists who manage to resist easy categorization and pigeonholing.
5. What would you recommend to go see?
Between a toddler, work and studio time I don't make it to that much! I recently saw a great Rose Finn-Kelcey retrospective at Modern Art Oxford but that’s finished now. I'm hoping to get to the Folkestone Triennale...
Is there a piece of work you’re particularly proud of?
In 2011 I made a work called Adaptation with my sister Rebecca Beinart (also an artist). It was a really complicated piece to figure out and we had the help of a great carpenter called Toby Olditch. The artwork was based on a Wardian case used by Victorian plant collectors and the concept of the work was linked to ideas of colonialism and collecting the 'foreign', but in this piece the tables are turned and the plants are a metaphor for the gradual environmental change people enact as they migrate. Actuators are programmed to move the panels of the glass case very slowly through the duration of the exhibition, so the plants are very gradually opened and adapt to the environment they are in.