Goldtapped, Newcastle

Images by Ash Howland Davenport

TRYING is a body of work that marks the passing of time through a difficult period. Bullet Journaling provided a focus - the format of it means there is always a need to dot a graph or layout and fill in a page. Holding on to this routine compelled a will to create and to collate the data accrued visually in a way that speaks to the universal human experience. TRYING was prompted by a frustration at the portrayal of feminine mental health in the media as an often vacuous and tragic figure. TRYING seeks to portray the quotidian aspects of a personal truth; the funny, mundane and life affirming aspects of surviving mental illness. An interest in expectations and realities around constructed ideas and presentations of the self drives the work to seek beauty in the banality of existence.

Rotting, 2018

Art bench from 2008, clamshell, ash, feather boa, paint

Accumulating, 2018

Canvas, used cotton wool pads, fabric glue

Sinking, 2013

Concrete, foil, bubble wrap 


Layering (Made Up Ecosystems), 2017

Left to right:

1: Polystyrene packaging, Soap & Glory flake away, Seventeen instant glow bronzing powder, Aussie miracle beach wave, Seventeen metallic eye pencil (aquamarine), No 7 Pop & Glow cheek tint, W7 Naked Nudes eye shadow palette (white), So..? Kiss Me body spray, Pantene In-Shower foam conditioner, used cotton wool buds

2: Polystyrene packaging, used cotton wool buds, L’Oreal Proffessionnel texture spray force 2, So..? Kiss Me body spray

3: Polystyrene packaging, 17 berry crush lip stain, Lasting Finish by Kate Moss for Rimmel shade 107, Benefit Dandelion lip gloss, Impulse hint of musk body spray, MAC blusher, Maxfactor Creme Puff pressed powder in 05 translucent, L’Oreal Proffessionnel texture spray force 2, Miss Sporty studio colour duo eye shadow in 202 Vogue, Simple Kind to Eyes make up remover

Counting (October 2017), 2018

Two audio works of the artist stating her mood on a scale of 1-10 over the course of two weeks, 28 minutes looped

2 mp3 players, 2 speakers, charging cables

Smelling, 2017

Dressing gown, diamente strips, fabric glue, wire hanger, nail

Burning, 2017

Baking tray, burned salmon