I am a mixed-race artist currently living and working in UK, London.
I attended a Rudolf Steiner school in West Sussex where my artistic pursuits began (2010 to 2013). I was taught intensively for two years by a wood sculptor specialising in socially engaged art, Zita Ra's work explores the shamanic and focuses on portal building. Being taught by Zita Ra was a portal experience in itself. Zita Ra has worked for many years with young people experiencing emotional and/or learning difficulties. The main framework of her research is A/r/tography and her goal is to contribute to the field of Transpedagogy.
Having completed my studies with Zita Ra I then undertook a Foundation Diploma at Kingston University (2013 to 2014). It was here that my interests in painting and drawing began to merge with sculpture.
After finishing foundation year, I attended UAL (Wimbledon) to study BA Painting. Toward the end of my first academic year, I transferred to BA sculpture where I graduated (2014 to 2017). My tutor within the sculpture department was Sarah Woodfine, her practice specialises in drawing, drawing which is sculptural. Her works are produced exclusively using pencil. Sarah’s research and work encompasses folklore, mythology and personal narratives. She encouraged my sculptural developments which explored the abject, psychology, and Afro-Caribbean religion.
My time at the RCA has been challenging but very rewarding regardless of Covid-19. I would like to thank my tutors Kate Davis and Thomas J. Price for all their support! At the end of my studies at the RCA I have now specialised in drawing with acknowledgment of both Zita Ra and Sarah Woodfine as key references.
I would also like to leave one final but big thank you to my sponsors and the RCA for gifting me with the Paul Desty Scholarship.