I make site and community responsive art that reframes immigrant-citizen relations, amplifying demands for social justice. Originally from England, my art draws on my background in architecture and includes public and socially engaged projects such as architectural installations, drawings and useful commemorative objects. My family history of migration drives me to examine detention centers, racial profiling, and strategies for surviving hostile authorities. My fictional firm Design For The Alien Within creates hypothetical hiding and dwelling places, symbolic lookout and counter-surveillance structures.
My art, collaborations and site-specific projects have been exhibited widely and awarded support by NYFA, the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Study of Visual Art and Franklin Furnace, among others. I have held artist residencies including with the National Park Service, Newark Museum, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. While I was Artist-in-Residence at Northwestern University, I conceived the long-term project Mobile Speakers’ Podium for Citizens and Non-Citizens, currently appearing in locations around Chicago, to highlight and promote community and artist activism against mass incarceration and the for-profit prison industry.