People at work have always preoccupied me. I am particularly moved by the effort of people whose work goes unnoticed or work that becomes erased or undone and that has to be repeated. In my practice I am drawn to record this labour to see if art can inscribe value or somehow make things fairer.
My films are informed by experiences living on a farm in the Yorkshire Dales and former working life as a civil engineer. I grew up understanding that landscapes are often shaped and manipulated by people at work. I collaborate with communities to make film and audio works that consider the fragility of human endeavour whilst acknowledging our lasting impact on the environment
Working with people is a key part of my practice. I often encourage people to make a creative response to the situation in which we find ourselves, partly out of curiosity and because of the reciprocity this sets up. I specialise in reaching out to working communities and record first-person interviews that are woven into artist film and sound work. I particularly like working with experts and enthusiasts. Over the last 20 years I have made films with people including foresters, factory workers and farmers.