Leading & Guiding
A love of culture and business, food and psychoanalysis, classics and cricket led me to a tipping point to found The Seeking State: a consultancy that helps clients redefine how we engage with culture.
My classrooms have been Classics at St John’s Cambridge and a discovery of the joy of footnotes, Christies’ New York and Contemporary Art Theory at the Courtauld Institute. Academia surprisingly led me to be the Product Developer at Tate with a love of Monday morning sales figures. There I was responsible for the strategic direction, creation and production of Tate product, committed to supporting the Tate brand financially and emotionally through the retail experience. Work included copyright machinations for Matisse/ Picasso; planting a forest for Joseph Beuys; collecting raindrops with Olafur Eliasson and getting in trouble with Agent Provocateur knickers.
After a brief flurry in garden design, I was a Director at Jane Wentworth Associates, an international branding consultancy in the cultural and educational sectors. Clients included V&A Dundee, National Museum Sweden, National Museum of Qatar, Glyndebourne, Whitworth Art Gallery and the Open University. Helping to grow the business from 2 at the kitchen table to an international team was the ultimate classroom and preparation for The Seeking State.
The Seeking State is a collaborative effort and has extraordinary help from Associate Researchers:
I research verbal and visual languages, words, images, symbols, icons, and how we can use them to tell engaging stories about cultural heritage. For TSS I also do concept exploration, heritage value analysis, and cultural narrative analysis.
I am an ESRC-funded PhD candidate in Anthropology at Durham University, where I study the evolution of art styles. A multi-disciplinary background in Heritage Management (MA Dist. Univ. Kent), Semiotics (MA Dist. Univ. Bologna), and Philosophy (BA Hons. Univ. Napoli) is my travel companion.
In my parallel life, I have been a journalist covering Southern Italian heritage, and I have worked in art publishing as press officer and curator of art comic exhibitions. I also have a heritage photography blog (www.heritales.it).
I can't live without bread and olive oil, detective stories, and Pink Floyd.
I was born in Los Angeles and am currently calling Amsterdam my home. Officially I am trained as an art historian with a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Along the way I was also an archaeologist in Greece and a researcher in the Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam. The coolest thing that I have excavated was a pocket of air that preserved the smell of charred wood undisturbed for 4,000 years ~ now, how do you display that in a museum?! However, in spite of such excitements, I found the academic career to be too rigid and am now relishing the opportunity to put my skills to work in creative ways at The Seeking State. My two great passions are books and people but when I’m not reading or talking, I love to travel to new places, do all sorts of sports, and play in the park with my puppy.
With a background in art and literature, I have a visual and verbal love of language which has underpinned my work as a consultant in the cultural sector. Alongside working for clients like the Galway International Arts Festival and the Art Fund, I have published and exhibited internationally and am currently undertaking a practice-based PhD.
My life’s story started in the San Francisco Bay Area, but I’ve returned to my roots in Greece and continue my story here having “re-emigrated” sixteen years ago. America gave me my foundational structure because I spent my formative years through university there; Greece and Europe have given me the growth I’ve experienced in my adult life through my professional career and postgraduate education. Being a native outsider of sorts is a unique vantage I wouldn’t give up for the world—it is what’s shaped my life and is reflected in my career, having worked in the cultural non-profit sector for over fifteen years. My skills and passions are in comparative religious studies (BA), cultural heritage management (MA), research, academic study-travel, archaeology, on-site urban sketching, living in Athens and sharing the best of the city with her guests as a guide, and experiencing life with good company and a good laugh.