In the present

                                           materials: wrapping paper and cellotape

Originating from the northern hemisphere with many Christmases spent in Scotland. The festive season for me has always been cold, the days short, and the wrappings and decorations have invariably matched the outside veneer.

The work in this exhibition explores the Christmas phenomenon, as it emerges as the most promising candidate for the first global festival.

“In the present” considers Christmas in July. The name given to social events with a winter Christmas festival theme in the southern hemisphere,. Christmas in July highlights the dualities underlying the spirit of Christmas, and the resulting tensions between religious and secular, celebration and angst, and the relationship between Christmas and materialism.