My work emphasises the physical and social properties of materials, sensory and spatial concerns in both their production and viewing experience. Ideas are often drawn from personal experience, archival research and process led investigation. This research is underpinned by interests in social-history and the politics of labour and invisible processes, such as the transmission of energy, the passing of time, accumulative and reductive forces.
Working across a range of media including raw materials or residues of an action or process, and combinations of objects and, often, outmoded technologies and fabrication processes, I explore their limitations and potential and the points of friction between these surfaces and ourselves. These themes inform sculpture and durational works ranging from the site specific and ephemeral actions, to drawing, sound and installation.
Recent exhibitions include Dreaming of Dead Fish (solo), Warrington Museum & Art Gallery; Instruments of Industry (solo), Touchstones Art Gallery; Personal Structures, PAPER Pavilion, Palazzo Mora, Venice Biennale 2019; Each Toward the Other, Bury Sculpture Centre; Major Conversations, Platform A Gallery (Middlesbrough, UK) touring to the Turnpike Gallery (Leigh, UK); Ruth Barker & Hannah Leighton-Boyce, Castlefield Gallery (Manchester, UK) touring to Glasgow Women’s Library (Glasgow, UK); Annual 2013 La Escocesa (Barcelona, ES); The Frost Art Museum Drawing Project (Miami, USA). Recent publications include Personal Structures-Identities, Venice 2019 Art Biennial (European Cultural Centre, Italy); The Fourdrinier Paper in Venice: writings in response to the Paper Pavillion presented at Palazzo Mora during Venice Biennale 2019; Retroactivity and Contemporary Art by Craig Staff (Bloomsbury, 2018).