:Pum is a painter and collagist based in Glasgow. She studied her undergraduate degree in Philosophy at Glasgow University and has a Masters in Research in Creative Practices from Glasgow School of Art.
:Pum uses collage to process her thoughts, feelings and wakeful dreaming. As an individual with autism, collage plays an integral part in her ability to manage her condition and suits her preference for handling discrete details, which she artfully selects from a profusion of image sources. She obsessively gathers fragments, which become the syntax and vocabulary for her attempts to articulate visually what she cannot make sense of cognitively or socially.
She is constantly inspired to make work which seeks to express the invisible processes involved in establishing a sense of self - a self expressed as a fragmented plurality. She is fascinated by the psychological aspects of human relationships and this has led her to develop a comprehensive understanding of psychoanalysis and its modern day relatives.
"I believe the art making process is the product of our human organic intelligence, it is therefore both emotional and imaginative and most essentially, it is communicative. Art presents us with encoded symbols, visual metaphors and forms of perceptual thinking that can evoke responses deep in the psyche. An image or object can simultaneously hold and communicate different meanings on various levels of consciousness offering a flexible and fluid interchange of ideas with the constant potential for movement of meanings and interpretation."
:Pum additionally states “Collage, for me, is complex art – an art of making up and adeptly assembling parts into a whole and a compounded creation which represents my understanding and interpretation of the world. The technique of collage allows me to think visually, from the part to the whole. The process offers me a kind of prosthetic insight – a way into understanding abstract concepts by engaging in a process of shifting, sorting, and creatively placing aesthetically spaced fragments of visual information. My mind can solve the visual relationship between the parts and the whole and, in doing so, there is a convergence of concrete material and abstract idea"