The primary concern of my visual work is the intuitive exploration of the relationship between the human body and cloth: how this relationship describes our responses at the most visceral levels, how the culture of cloth has shaped our perception of the human form, and how the power of its conventions affects our understanding.
Drawing is an integral part of the work. I make large charcoal studies of body/cloth and alternative ways of viewing our clothed bodies. Attention to detail drew me towards the photocopied image, which has a particular quality and contrast akin to drawing.
The photocopier has been the vehicle for making images of wrapped bodies, which I digitally print onto silk. There is an intimacy about the photocopied image - pressure points, stray threads are heightened - and an immediacy; just as an ancient handprint can appear fresh and link the past with the present.
I am interested in the concept of connecting with the specific moment that an image/imprint is made; in the same way as we may respond to images of the ‘bog people’ or the Turin shroud.
The way a body moves, portraying states of emotion, is another area I am exploring. Having had a lifelong interest in and involvement with dance/movement, I incorporate performance in some my work.
To view Denise's work please telephone in advance for an appointment.
Year Established: 1998
Creative Scotland Quality and Production funding 2014
Creative Scotland Visual Arts development award 2012
SSA prize 2012
Dumfries and Galloway Visual Arts development award 2007
Elected SSA Professional Member 2005
Scottish Arts Council Year of the Artist residency 2001