I am a multi-disciplinary artist working across sculpture, painting, photography, lighting, kinetic and video works. My approach to making is diverse. Sometimes I like to test my own limits of acceptable art. Sometimes I want to produce artwork that makes me laugh or cry. Sometimes I make landscape paintings to be wholly present in a place for a while. When generating larger works I often work to the scale and history of a gallery space or location. In the studio, I’m constantly developing new work with the aim of releasing ego and letting it happen.
While I try not to have set agendas and styles, there are recurring themes. My upbringing has its influence. When I was a kid I had almost uninterrupted views of Lake Macquarie in NSW, Australia’s largest coastal salt water lake. The experience of seeing the lake everyday has shaped my psyche. Long distant views, clear skies, approaching storms and tree lined hills were often hypnotic remedies to any personal turmoil or daily challenges. This experience of hypnotic distraction coincided with excessive movie consumption from a modular sofa-lounge that was orientated towards the lake views. These two modes of distraction (lake views and tv culture) are often used in my work as a type of beautiful haze. One that can shroud real life experiences, or blind us to some other form of suppressed and inescapable human reality, that will inevitably rise to the surface as a form of expression.
Initially trained as a painter, I completed an undergraduate degree in Sculpture and Spatial Practice at RMIT University, and more recently completed a Masters of Fine Art by Research at the Victorian College of the Arts. I was co-founder and long-term board member of an artist-run-initiative, and have worked in various professional roles within the visual arts sector. I was born in 1974, and now live and work between Geelong and Melbourne, Victoria.