My name's Zoe Toolan and I've got two middle names because one is the loneliest number. Nobody can ever figure out what my surname is and I get a lot of mail to Zoe 'Toolman'. So ZKLT is a lot easier.
I grew up in Yorkshire and currently live in Brighton.
I have one foot in the conceptual, one foot in the visual, and one foot in the everything in-between.
I wear many hats (metaphorically, but also actually because I like hats) and I'm constantly questioning what an artist's role is within this awesome/painful/terrifying/hilarious/shit/beautiful/baffling world we live in.
Time confuses and scares the hell out of me, but I'm fascinated by the links between it and our understanding. 'Just' by being alive, everything we know will change or disappear and because of this inevitable and irreversible shift, I place massive importance on direct experience and meaningful social interaction. I therefore value family (or friendship or community or inclusion or whatever name you personally call "not feeling alone") above all else, with my work centering around social Live Art practises bringing people together. And conversely, the lack of it: loss, and the links between independence and loneliness are constant presences/lines of inquiry. I'm also intrigued by our relationships towards objects and how an item becomes a treasured possession. And drawing. Always drawing, which I truly believe is the basis for how a person is innately wired.
I'm also an artist educator who passionately believes in radical pedagogy through equality, listening, discourse, mutual learning and delicious whisky. And I regard any workshop/course I teach as a live, participatory happening and a vital part of my practice and own education.