Biography

My background is in Illustration and new media. I worked as a freelance illustrator for many clients including E4, Oxford University Press and Country Life. I initially lectured at the University of Brighton on the Sequential MA before joining Portsmouth in 1995 on the Illustration BA course. I am currently Course Leader for MA illustration (which I co-wrote in 2015) and supervise practice-based PhDs in the field of artists' books.

I have also worked on many University research projects, incorporating new media from interactive educational material focussed on zines and artist’s books. I completed my practice-based PhD at the University of Brighton in 2003. My PhD research focussed on the capacity of imagery within advertising to encapsulate the problems of visual representation in commercial illustration and design, e.g. the ways in which the states of mind are to be represented (delight, gratitude, despair and relaxation). you can read it here:
The safe cigarette PhD

I was invited by the Royal Academy to represent the genre of artist's books in their summer show. I have attended conferences internationally to speak about artist's books, zines and Damp Flat Books.

Visit my blog for more information: www.dampflat.blogspot.com

Research Interests

I am an artist creating Artists’ Books and Zines under the name Damp Flat Books (est.1999). I explore themes of anxiety in modern living. My serial zine FutureFantasteek! (ISSN 2399-3022, from Credit Crunch to Brexit) promotes the artist as a social commentator through pastiche and parody. My books and zines have been exhibited regularly internationally since 2005 in group and solo shows in the UK, USA, Malaysia, Australia, and Russia etc. Recent exhibitions: Museum A.M.Gorky, Kazan, Russia (2019); Saltykov-Shchedrin Museum Kirov, Russia (2020), The Blue Dragon, Hanoi, Vietnam (2021) and Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK (2021). FutureFantasteek! has featured The Lilly, Washington Post's Magazine (2018) & online Hotondo Zero Yen Daigaku, Japan (2020). My research blogs, containing visual records of my practice and ‘Zineopolis’ art zine collection is now archived by the British Library in their UK Web Archive and the Library of Congress, USA.

I am currently working as a zine scholar and illustrator on a three year Wellcome funded project called 'Crafting Contention: the role of zines in contesting mental health knowledge and practice' based in UCLAN.
I have published internationally about visual communication and art zines and my paper 'Are You Okay?' about visual mental health narratives in zines won the journal award for excellence from Common Ground Publishing in 2020.

Read our research feature on Dr Jac Batey’s work in Vaccine Zines and how the immediacy and frankness of ArtZines is proving to be a creative, effective, mental health tool.

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