I am currently based in Auckland, working as an artist to practice and convey mutuality, like-mindedness, and kinship, through an art form that is concerned with developing performative actions that engage environments, human interactions, and the social context. This process of performativity acts in spaces of the everyday to deliver transformative ‘doings’ (activities, actions, events, responsibilities, deeds, undertakings, accomplishments, feats) following verbal and non-verbal negotiations within the personal, social and political realm of the individual and the collective — in place.
I recently completed a Practice-led PhD at the University of Dundee, UK. My doctoral research project: Deploying collaborative artistic co-creative methods to strategically promote eco-social regeneration for small island communities, delivered local carbon-reduction activations in the islands of the OuterHebrides. Over a 4-year period, I designed and led several highly effective community engagement projects based around local food growing initiatives. Creative engagement strategies, built capacity and enthusiasm for taking action on climate change by reclaiming local traditional knowledge practices to uphold shared values and heighten the collective impact.