BiographyI conduct research into the long history of iconoclasm or image breaking (the deliberate defacing, dismantling or destruction of works of art and historic artefacts) and its significance for social groups and institutions. My current monograph explores the museum’s attitudes to iconoclasm in the stories it tells about its objects through public display. More broadly, I write about medieval and contemporary art, exhibition histories and curatorial practice.
Before taking up an academic post, I worked at The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, the University of Edinburgh (VARIE) and the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds. Curatorial collaborations include Wonder: Painted Sculpture from Medieval England (Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, co-curated with David Park and Paul Williamson) and Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm (Tate Britain, co-curated with Tabitha Barber).