Born in Liverpool in 1966 and studied at Kingston University (1986-89) and Goldsmith’s College (1993).
She is a sculptor and conceptual artist, associated with the Young British Artists (YBAs), a group which emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s and which became a revitalising force on the British art scene.
In many of her early works text was prominent, her ‘wordscapes’ were large, solid blocks of text which in her own words described the plots of war films such as Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, and Full Metal Jacket. This dramatic theme was revisited in her 2010 commission for the Duveen Galleries at Tate Britain when she installed two fighter planes: a Sea Harrier jet suspended nose-down from the ceiling and a highly polished Jaguar jet lying on its back on the floor.
Her first solo show was in London in 1994 and since then has exhibited frequently throughout the UK and in other major centres world-wide. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2002.