Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK. On average 16 men take their lives every day. Those are statistics I was very nearly part of.
A couple of years ago I was overcome with a severe bought of depression. You hear people talk about having "a dark night of the soul", well for me that dark night lasted about 4 very long and arduous months. During that whole period suicide was very much at the forefront of my mind.
Depression is like a virus, it seeps into your bones, into the...
'Devotion' (2002-2005): Making on average ten per day, everyday, for three years during my degree at Manchester School of Art, 'Devotion' consists of approximately 10,000 origami flowers.
The first time the phrase came up it was a metaphor for not getting carried away with the egoic idea of my achievements 👑 To be proud of what I've done, but know that I'm ultimately a channel for something much more than myself (as I think we all are, if we would only quieten down enough to listen).
The second time though it told me it was referring quite literally to my...
I've had to sacrifice a lot to be an artist. Money. Relationships. My social life. My emotional health. It's been fucking hard! I've resisted admitting that for a while because I know I'm in a privileged position to be making a living solely from my artwork and I don't want to sound ungrateful. Also, regardless of what anyone does sacrifice is just part and parcel of life. But I feel the need to open up about this. There's a growing number of people wanting to break down the facade of social media and I think that's much needed. Especially in...