Braintree – Sick of data

Braintree – Sick of data is a comment on recent explorations by a tech mogul into developing neural interface technologies fitting chips and electrodes into peoples brains. Four brains hang from the tree, one spewing out paper data. A single human head with a disc inserted looks up at them in wonder and fear. So far as we know it is just apes that have been used in these earlier stages of development. Three sad monkeys. a modern version of Hear no evil, Speak no evil, See no evil sit under glass domes as part of this experiment.

Braintree sculpture - Sick of data Braintree data stream head detail

Braintree - Sick of data with three apes


HIV, 2017

Exhibited in picture form in the Science Futures tent at Glastonbury  2020 the HIV sculpture re-images the virus as a bunch of macabre flowers. The work forms part of the installation series Significant Bunch of viruses.


HIV Flowers

Truth is of one colour, 2022

Truth is of one colour

Truth is of one colour, 2022

A celebration in clay of the Black Lives Matter movement, its connection to the zeitgeist  and the right to protest.

Coronavirus, 2020

Coronavirus 2020

The Nature v. Humans exhibition included works by JMW Turner, Cornelia Parker, Adrien Henri and myself – Helen Birnbaum. I will also conducted Design your own Microbe sessions  as part of the Victoria’s workshop season.

Coronavirus 2020 has since joined the Victoria Gallery & Museum’s Permanent Collection of artworks.

Coronavirus, 2020

Coronavirus detail

Slipping through the net, 2019

Slipping through the net

Inspired by our lacklustre approach to the Coronavirus epidemic this work is called Slipping through the net. The many viruses are portrayed as coloured balls clustered around the base of the basket ball net and are accompanied by the Coronavirus poking its tongue out at us knowing that at first we did not pay it enough attention.

Antimicrobial Avengers, 2018

We are living at a time of enormous risk. Years of excessive antibiotic use means that we are becoming resistant to them. I worked with Prof Raechelle D’Sa, Liverpool University on their R  ANTIMICROBIAL AVENGER Project to create sculptural creatures that educate and inform about alternatives to penicillin. These ancient creatures may provide the answer to the crisis we face.  

The ceramic Antimicrobial Animals are now on permanent display in the university’s School of Engineering. 


Komodo dragon with MRSA on its tongue

A Komodo dragon sports the word MRSA on its tongue to suggest the MRSA busting qualities found in its knobbly skin. This can be extracted and used as an alternative antibiotic. 


Gecko family

A family of Geckos with exaggerated spiky skins. These textures can be replicated on a micro level to create medical implements.  The tiled texture of the shark can help in a similar way. 


Solitary shark

Anticipation, 2018

ANTICIPATION is a mother’s very personal reflection on her daughter growing up and setting out  – her dancing feet are plugged into the world around.  The work won the Annual Ceramic Prize at the Victoria & Albert/Morley Gallery exhibition 2018.


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