Based in Saffron Walden, Daisy owns Church Street Gallery, finding time to create her work in between the day to day running of an art gallery.
Daisy uses the medium of printed numbers and letters which she repetitively stamps to build an image. She came up with the concept in 2007, during her degree in Fine Art at the Colchester School. Whilst searching for a focus for her practice, she found her interest lay in humanity, memory and identity. She was drawn to the work of mixed media artist Christian Boltanski who based alot of his work around victims of the Holocaust. Daisy discovered an archive of ‘mug-shots’ - a photographic record of prisoners held, tortured and killed during the Khmer Rouge occupation in Cambodia. Each person holds a number up to the camera identifying them. A harrowing subject to look into, she was haunted the most by the fact that the only remaining record identifying these people, are a portrait and a number. From this Daisy considered the repetition of a number as the material of an image, in the same way pixels make up a photograph.
Daisy experimented with ‘drawing’ or ‘printing’ a portrait with a date stamp, purchased from a stationery shop and since the eureka moment that followed, she has been developing the technique into how she uses it today, with type/letter stamps and typewriters.
Daisy has exhibited her work all over Essex, as well as London, Suffolk Cambridgeshire and internationally in Perth, Western Australia. Her technique lends itself well to commission work which she has enjoyed doing for the past 15 years, creating a variety of works from portraiture to street art. Daisy's work is in both private and international institutional collections.
Alongside Daisy's creative practice, she has an MA in Gallery Studies and Critical Curating and has worked in galleries and museums since 2009, including Firstsite in Colchester and the Scott Polar Museum in Cambridge, before going on, in 2018, to work for Debbie Scott, Church Street Gallery's previous owner, as her Gallery Assistant.
If you would like to contact Daisy about commissioning an artwork please get in touch via the gallery email or telephone or better still, why not pop in to our gallery in Saffron Walden, where you can find her most days. She is always happy to have a chat. You might even get to see her stamping her latest piece of work.