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Fin is an artist - working mostly in animation - an educator and a drummer. She has only one n. You can read the standard bio or the alt.cv or contact me mcmorran.fin@gmail.com or just look at the work...
1956 Born, apparently. Eccentric and therefore Influential Auntie moves in.
1961 Began school. Introduced to Catholicism as signifying of "which assembly should I be in?".
1964 Optimum Nostalgia age.(8) . Dad built us a shed.
1967 Discovered early politics (via Pirate Radio) and Ice Skating. Decided I definitely did not want to be a nun.
1970 Discovered other-ness, and the joy of reading. Decided to be an artist
1973 Discovered feminism and its conflicts with organised religion
1974 Foundation Studies: Bad Perms, worse outfits, intense friendships, and a very bad folk-rock band
1975-8 Art School: Performance Art, Strict Tempo Ballroom Dancing and the art/craft schism. Discovered the joy of immersion in the thing you love. Discovered Whiskey
1979 Cycling, knit-your-own-bread and alternative punch and judy shows. Free Festivals.
1980 Drama school. Discovered the joy of dancing and atheism.
1981 Squatting, street theatre, Alternative Everything. Lost my best friend to a barmaid and discovered betrayal
1982-3 First proper studio since artschool (Brighton). Bohemia, poverty, and my first motorbike
1984 Teacher training in Art and Design. Survived it by playing rock and roll (badly)
1985-90 Growing up time - discovered girls, bought a house, got a better studio with a real artist community, packed in bad job to do art, supported by adult education teaching. Tried to fit myself into a critical context through an MA in fine art- and a better band
1991-4 Discovered true love, gardening, dog-ownership, and Samba. Made lots of huge paintings. First used a computer to make images.
1995 Grand Passion. Discovered wickedness, leather, and the advantages of being a size 10. This was not to last. Built sheds as an artistic practice.
1996 Depression. My first computer. Really excellent studio
1997 Decided to experiment with my identity and see what would happen if I wasn't making art any more. Studied Multimedia. Got a better computer. Didn't give up studio just in case.
1998-00 A period of significant shed-building, and attempts to engage with an artistic audience more. Joined a hand-drumming band. Discovered my tutors were probably right. Started making interactve art with a computer
2000 Moved to Newcastle, never quite fit in. Rediscovered the Joy of Samba and joined several drumming bands.
2002 Bought a flat, finally got my own garden shed. Started a PhD. Why? Still trying to prove something?
2007 Discovered Interactive Painting, Got the PhD and the Tshirt . Found True Love...then lost it again.
2009 Attempting to take self seriously as a post-doctoral practitioner/researcher. How hard can that be??  
2010 Came out as an animator . Still don't fit in. Still don't care.
2011 Moved into a house with 4 sheds and a stone outhouse. Attempting to grow vegetables and make animations about radish, art and the true nature of sheds...to a samba soundtrack...it's a good time!
2013 The year of the bucket list.(But not - as far as I know - dying) Go Ape, pony trekking, surfing...go nuts.
2014 "people are shit, get a cat". They're not, but I did.
2016 OK, finally, start an actual blog, Pondering the nature of gender and animation. Get annoyed about Disney, eyelashes and robots in pink skirts. I mean, really....
2017 Nooooooo...Flee from impending assimilation by Computing School. Too early to retire. Never too late to develop the art practice. Illustration, stained glass, comix...nothing is out of the question.
2019 In search of new challenges, take up running. Midlife crisis? possibly. complete Great North Run
2020 Start stockpiling glass objects in case of world shortage of loveliness. Finally eject all personal pride enough to take up zumba and line dancing. Wonder if I need to join an art collective?