My mother was a curator at the Brooklyn Museum and then worked in the Tate’s education department so I was a guinea pig for the children’s trails she devised. I’ve been hooked since then and have sought out museums, artists’ spaces and galleries wherever I’ve lived.
I began my writing career freelancing in Kuwait.
After studying Modern Languages at Oxford University, I spent a year in Kuwait cutting my teeth as a journalist before joining Reuters in London and travelling widely, with foreign postings in Vienna and Mexico. Among the cultural highlights were interviews with the British surrealist artist Leonora Carrington (over morning tequila), Mexican writer Carlos Fuentes, the last students of Frida and Diego, Los Fridos, and Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
I left Reuters to specialise in art writing, earning a Masters in Art History from Birkbeck College, University of London. Since then I’ve written on a variety of contemporary artists such as Lindsay Seers, Rosalind Nashashibi, Ryan Gander, Carolee Schneemann, Lubaina Himid, Hew Locke, Cooking Sections, James Richards, Taus Makhacheva, Mark Dion, Faith Ringgold and many more.
In 2013 I was commissioned by Thames and Hudson to write the first independent history of BritArt. The result was Artrage! The Story of the BritArt Revolution, published in 2016. You can read more about the book and its origins by clicking here. Other notable projects have included texts for the Phaidon publications Flying Too Close to the Sun (2018), Body of Art (2015) and The Art of the Erotic (2017), working for a Kuwaiti documentary company, essays for the book Kuwait: Arts and Architecture (Kuwait Oriental Press: 1995) and a book on the design and architecture of the Arab Organisations Headquarters Building in Kuwait.