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About

I am passionate about the ancient technique of hand woven tapestry, and am drawn to its complex and textural nature. The juxtaposition of a historically rich medium twisted to create non-conformist pieces is part of the attraction.

My aim is to push the boundaries of what contemporary art is considered to be. A seemingly outdated medium can be transformed into unconventional artworks which are both tactile and visually striking.

Using greyscale with minimal pops of colour against a strong black background, I have developed a distinctive visual language. Although the themes I work with are varied, I like to maintain my dark aesthetic.

Currently I am working on my ‘Windows’ series, which are portraits based on x-rays and CT scans. My new series ‘Theatre of the Grotesque’ has been inspired by vintage medical illustrations.

Education

2010 – 2014:
:: Diploma Of Visual Art – Tapestry (South West Institute of TAFE, Warrnambool)
1992:
:: Certificate In Applied And Visual Art (Kingston College of TAFE)

Exhibitions

2018:
:: 'Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2018' finalist (Highly Commended - Emerging Artist category) - National Archives Of Australia, Canberra, 23 Aug - 14 Oct
:: 'Gallery M Open Contemporary Art Prize 2018' finalist - Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, 10 Aug - 2 Sept
:: 'ACMD Acquisitive Art Prize 2018' finalist - St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, Aikenhead Building, 1 - 30 Aug
:: 'Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize 2018' finalist (Highly Commended - Emerging Artist category) - South Australian Museum, 8 Jun - 5 Aug
:: ‘BLOOM' – Emma Hack Gallery / SA Art Collective, 10 Jan – 4 Feb
:: 'All Women Art Exhibition 2018' finalist - Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery, January

2017:
:: ‘2017 Tatiara Art Prize‘ finalist – Walkway Gallery, 9 Oct – 24 Nov
:: ‘2017 City of Whyalla Art Prize‘ finalist – Middleback Arts Centre, 30 Sept– 2 Dec
:: ‘Asia Contemporary Art Show’ – 21-24 Sept, Conrad Hotel Hong Kong
:: ‘Gallery M Open Contemporary Art Prize 2017’ finalist – Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, 4 -27 Aug
:: ‘Kate Derum & Irene Davies Awards’, finalist for Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award – Australian Tapestry Workshop, 9 Aug – 29 Sept
:: ‘Squared Up’ – Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, 12 May – 4 June
:: 'Heallreaf 2' finalist - West Dean College UK, 10-22 April and The Brick Lane Gallery London, 28 June-2 July (‘Windows No. 3 – Self Portrait’ tapestry)
:: 'Contemporary Art Awards 2017' finalist - online exhibition (www.contemporaryartawards.com), 10 January – 10 July (‘Windows No. 2’ tapestry)

2016:
:: Winner of 'Port Pirie Art Prize 2016', open art prize - Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, 21 August - 3 October ('Windows No. 1' tapestry)
:: ‘Gallery M Open Contemporary Prize 2016’ finalist – Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, 5 August – 28 August (‘Windows No. 2’ tapestry)
:: ‘Clique’ – Burra Regional Art Gallery, 29 April – 19 June (‘Goth Deathrock No. 5 – Zora’ tapestry)
:: 'Emma Hack Art Prize 2016' - Finalist - Adelaide Festival Centre, 9 February - 14 March ('Windows No. 1' tapestry)
:: ‘Clique’ group exhibition – Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, South Australia, 5 January – 7 February (‘Goth Deathrock No. 5 – Zora’ tapestry)

2015:
:: ‘Kate Derum Award For Small Tapestries’ group exhibition – Australian Tapestry Workshop 20 August 2015 – 25 September 2015 – finalist for ‘Irene Davies Emerging Artist Award’ (‘Frankie’ tapestry)
:: ’14th Annual City Of Marion Community Art Exhibition’ group exhibition – Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, South Australia, 29 November – 8 January (‘Identity’ cross stitch)

2014:
:: ’13th Annual City Of Marion Community Art Exhibition’ group exhibition – Gallery M, Marion Cultural Centre, South Australia (‘Goth Deathrock No. 4 – Anita’ tapestry)

2011:
:: ‘Sea Change 175’ group exhibition, SALA Festival 2011 – Holdfast Walk, Glenelg South Australia (‘LaSirene’ needlepoint)

Influences

Goth / Deathrock music
Grayson Perry
Kaffe Fassett
Margaret Preston
Peter Booth
Grace Cossington Smith
Dorrit Black
James Cant
Barbara Hepworth
William Morris
David Noonan
Dora Chapman
Fiona Hall

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