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I am a multi-media visual artist with a diverse skill set ranging from printing to video installations, with a particular interest in using technology for art making. I have a passion for things which could be described as techno-fossils, obsolete objects that have now become a hidden or forgotten part of the fabric of the urban or rural landscape. My practice, a form of technological archaeology brings together research and making. I use my technological knowledge, arising from a prior career in engineering, to investigate these techno-fossils and make artistic pieces based on my findings.

I have a passion to reveal the purpose of the overlooked. My research into these techno-fossils opens up possibilities for developing artistic narratives. Sometimes my interest is piqued by a location and so a distinct object is not always required.
Layering is a key part of my work and it is the accretion of information and parts to form the whole that is important. There is the literal layering in my making involving inter alia; masking, under-drawing and translucent layers. Then there is the metaphorical layering of meaning, memory, space or time. My compositions involve information gathered during my investigations.

Examples of work produced in the last year, including most recently those pieces from the Breaching the Boundary show.

Recent exhibitions

RIPARIAN - PROPOSITION STUDIOS GALLERY

 June 2021

Exhibition of new work by Luke Mitchell, Hamley Jenkins, Will Templeton, Leila Dear, Mercedes Balle and Jon Faragher.

BREACHING THE BOUNDARY - ONLINE SHOW

May / June 2021

Exhibition of new work by Mercedes Balle and Jon Faragher.

GRADUATE SHOW - ART ACADEMY WALWORTH GALLERY

December 2020

Exhibition by Mercedes Balle, Jon Faragher, Kate Crumpler, Andy Grinham, Emily Russell, Zora Owen and Gloria Cavicchioli.