I have been an artist for many years going full time when I moved to Australia in 2005. Born in the UK, my adult life has been a patchwork of cultures, the result of 12 overseas moves in 17 years. I think of myself as an abstract maker, currently working exclusively with paint. I am lucky enough to have two studios, one in Melbourne where I do most of the messy, practical stuff, and the other in Venus Bay where I primarily do my research and planning for my degree in Fine Arts. I am majoring in both Painting and Sculpture and these two disciplines combined greatly influence the way I work.
I am interested in paint as a material which, I feel, is quite underrated as a dry rather than a wet material. My art practice is highly experimental and there are always many tests at various drying stages lying on every flat surface in both studios. I attempt to push the boundaries of what I can achieve with paint. I am influenced by Modernist thinking of paint as a pure material whose foremost quality is its flatness. My aims are to extend on this idea by proving that pliability is equally important. For me, it is the use of paint’s flexibility which gives me the freedom to create layered and fragmented paintings.
My process involves pouring paints onto glossy surfaces which allow for their removal when dry. I use the skins in a similar way to fabric often cutting, tearing, and weaving. My inspiration tends to come from the paint itself rather than the outer or inner world. It is the desire to highlight paint as a material rather than to represent something specific that is important to me.
As I will graduate in August 2019, my goals are to get back into exhibiting and entering Art Prizes. Prior to studying, I was represented in New York as well as Melbourne. I also sold and exhibited internationally. My intentions are to return to this.
BFA, double major Painting and Sculpture, Curtin University (current)
Interior Design (DipHe International) London Guildhall University, UK
Interior Design (Diploma). Canada
Colour Therapeutics (Diploma), Brighton College, UK
I have deliberately withdrawn from exhibiting in the last few years in order to concentrate on my uni studies and studio practice.
2013 Vortex of the Huetopia, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York
2011 Fragments to Fashion, Manyung Gallery, Mount Eliza
2008 Mind Over Mosaic, Joel Gallery, Altona, Vic
2014 The Great Mandala, Toyota Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne, Vic
2014 Tesselaar Sculpture Exhibition, Vic
2014 Toorak Sculpture Exhibition, Toorak, Vic
2014 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
2013 Sculpture, Toyota Spirit Gallery, Port Melbourne, Vic
2013 Tesselaar Sculpture Exhibition, Vic
2013 Illuminate, Bundoora Access Gallery, Vic
2013 Toorak Sculpture Walk, Toorak, Vic
2013 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
2013 La Dolce Vita, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York, USA
2012 International Contemporary Mosaics, Udine, Italy
2012 Toorak Sculpture Walk, Toorak, Vic
2012 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
2011 Toorak Sculpture Walk, Toorak, Vic
2011 Guest Artist, Olivia N John Cancer Fundraiser
2011 Creativity Unlocked, Hawthorn Town Gallery
2011 Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show
2016 Sculptural Secrets, Schiffer Publishing, USA, sole author
2015 USA Art Education Manual, by Debrah Sickler-Voigt Ph.D
2015 ArtEdit Magazine, Artist Profile
2013 Mastering Mosaics by Rayna Clark, USA
2012 International Contemporary Artists, USA
2011 Mosaic Fine Art Abstracts by Pam Givens and Irit Levy, USA
2011 International Mosaic Yearbook (and 2008-2010)
Continual reflection and research on artists from various disciplines, particularly those in the textile field, all provide inspiration Currently, works from Jim Lambie, Beatriz Milhazes, Holton Rower, and Yayoi Kusama are providing endless sources of fascination.
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