I was born in Melbourne Australia in 1968 and as a family we moved from place to place like modern day gypsies. Maybe it was this early experience of packing up and moving on that initially inspired the wondrous sense of movement and rhythm that I strive to achieve in my artwork today? As a young child I had become aware that my feelings could be evoked through the lyrical assemblage of words, enchanted by simply sighting their rhythmic structure on a page (poetry). In a painting or sculpture, I find it is this same sense of rhythmic, undulating movement and poetic configuration of line, form and colour from which a sense of liveliness is perceived that intrigues me most. As a contemporary visual artist I find myself searching for new ways to explore rhythm and the various sensations it can inspire when influenced by my own experience and perception of life. By working intuitively, I believe I tap into my own sense of truth.
I came to find Abstract Expressionism and Action Painting many years ago whilst completing a Diploma of Art in Ceramics – I would drip and pour glazes freely onto the dry surface of clay for varying effects. I took this a step further during a Diploma of Transpersonal Art Therapy where I used similar techniques to express and impress myself upon the canvas. I throw the paint, I throw the clay – there is an organic randomness that exhibits a purpose and order in the final product. As I physically work and move around in the studio I gain a more acute sense of rhythm which I postulate is my own personal connection to this existential experience of life.
Over the years the natural environment has had a significant influence on my work. Expanded scales have been in direct response to the overwhelming sensation experienced when trying to take in, absorb and comprehend the ‘bigger picture’ – to find my place within it. The process is about letting go of having a preconceived idea and instead making a physical and emotional connection with the raw materials at hand as I move, dribble, splatter and throw paint across the surface – and clay upon the wheel. I’m intrigued by the organic patterns of random occurrence. Textures, shapes and colours that intertwine and communicate with each other, inspiring ideas which are developed as I go along. I navigate my way around the studio following threads of interest which lead me to the next movement; this process can go on for weeks, sometimes months, until a final conclusion is reached and I sense a visual pitch has been struck.
It wasn’t until I heard spectators referring to Jackson Pollock that I became aware of his work and the synergy between our processes. Whilst exhibiting in New York in 2009, I took the opportunity to view Pollock’s work first hand at MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, and took a coach trip to the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center at Long Island to walk across the paint spattered floorboards of this acclaimed artist’s studio… it was a deeply memorable experience and I was fascinated to learn that he too had experienced moving from place to place as a child.
More recently I have completed my Masters of Contemporary Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne. This experience provided an academic opportunity to step away from the studio and critically analyse my current work which consists of intuitively based artworks that include paintings, wheel thrown ceramics and ready-made items – poetic assemblages and installations that act as one exuberant and cohesive form of expression. The philosophy behind it all arose to the surface in the form of words and I took the opportunity to publish select Artwork & Essays 2016 which included influential artists such as Rosalie Gascoigne, Grayson Perry and Ai Weiwei.
As a contemporary visual artist I find myself searching for new ways to explore rhythm and the various sensations it inspires when influenced by my own perception and experience of life. Through intuitively based artworks that include paintings, wheel thrown ceramics and ready-made items, I strive to evoke a sense of pause within a visually perceived momentum in order to explore life’s delicate balance, its vulnerable fragility and sublime impermanence. By bringing a variety of elements together, both made by my own hand and ready-made, I aim to link and intertwine various systems of existence into poetic assemblages and installations that act as one exuberant and cohesive form of expression.
Today I am settled in Crossover Victoria – approximately 1.5 hours from Melbourne. A regional area where Pilgrim Creek Studios are surrounded by rolling green hillsides, contented cows and wildlife that comes and goes. I am fortunate to have numerous creative projects and exhibitions to consistently work toward as I contemplate life, research and the evolution of my own artistic practice.