They’ve crawled , punctured and torn their way into our minds. Settled within a neurological nest. Feeding off our thoughts, basking in the deliciousness of their parasitism as they eat our autonomy.

Katherine Stanley


Beware the Cuckoos, they’re within us all, HD film with sound

Folk lore is the art of the people. A manifestation of our instinctual fears and hopes into an entity separate from ourselves, to be observed as something separate from us. My practice is built on the back of such stories, passed down generations through the act of oral storytelling these tales where never meant to be written down. My dyslexia mean I find the written word to be inaccessible, yet within folklore I experience the weightlessness of intellectual freedom. Uncaged by the constraints of words, the possibilities of my creative enlightenment bloom endlessly. Accessibility is key to my practice. What is the point in an artwork if it only speaks to those who have the time and ability to search for a subtext within the cryptic? This intellectual elitism is what has kept art wrongfully hidden from the masses.

Through paintings and film, I’ve created a world separate from this one in which my work can flourish and grow organically, free from the constraints of this mortal realm. My point of interests being changeling lore; a phenomena seen in folk tales across the world showing the human reaction to fear what we do not understand. This is echoed in nature via the brood parasitism of cuckoos. I have merged these two research paths into a combined narrative of parasitic control at the hands of cuckoos. Following their journey as they travel to earth only to infest the minds of humanity, leaving us nothing but a lifeless husk for them to control. These themes of loss of autonomy intrigue me as they resonate with the parasitic nature of technology, especially in a time when we are so reliant on it. By placing this theme of parasitism in an alien world separate from this one it focuses attention upon it. It encourages audiences to ponder, searching for these themes within their own life as the assess with new eyes.