Have you ever wondered ..., Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin, Qld (11 May - 17 June)
I've been looking for and gathering found objects for many years. I brought some of these together to tell my own stories of country and human interaction. My recent travels and work in remote Aboriginal art centres in central Australia have prompted me in different directions. In this exhibition, I asked questions about our sense of ownership, possession, re-purposing and the ever-changing element of life and time passing.
Floating Land, Noosa (Sept-Oct 2017)
30 fish were suspended over the Noosa River at Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, swinging and twisting in the breeze. Created from found objects and then decorated by students from Tewantin State School, the fish drew attention to the consequences of overfishing.
SWELL Sculpture Festival, Currumbin Beach, Gold Coast (Sept 2017)
The sculpture of a satin bowerbird’s bower was built approximately eight times larger than in real life and gave viewers an appreciation of a bower and the bird’s courtship behaviour. The male bird builds a bower from sticks and elaborately decorates it with a variety of man-made blue objects with the purpose of attracting a partner.
Viewers were invited to decorate the bower with messages of love for partners, wives and husbands, family members, lovers, significant others. Messages were written in indelible ink on blue tags which the writer attached to the bower. The intent was to replicate the mating ritual and establish a link with human courtship behaviour through the use of a visual language. 8183 messages were written with queues forming for the blue tags and pens.
Winner – Sculpture on the Edge, Maleny
I was very pleased and honoured to receive the first prize for my sculpture Love Birds in this competition run by Arts Connect and held at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Maleny in October 2016. 209 messages were written over the 18 days of the exhibition thus the sculpture morphed into a testament to love from visitors’ contribution, connection and interaction with the work.
Interview with Zoneone Arts
In July 2015 I was interviewed by Deborah Blakeley of Zoneone Arts. This organisation provides online interviews that showcase the full range of contemporary arts and crafts happening in Australia and the world. The interview is on a range of topics including how I work, where I work and the influences of place, what I work with and much more.
You can read the interview and see images here.
Hill End Artist in Residence
In January 2015 I went to Hill End for a month. I am so pleased to have been given this opportunity to live and work in Haefliger's Cottage where so many well-known artists have also worked (John Olsen, Margaret Olley, Jeffrey Smart, Brett Whiteley and Ben Quilty).
Hill End is a small community classified as a Historical site by the National Parks and Wildlife Service. It is a beautiful village with much to attract artists and photographers.
Residency at Broken Hill
I undertook a residency at Broken Hill Art Exchange during May 2014 to capture and re-create Broken Hill as I saw and experienced it. I did some installation works featuring found objects from the landscape and some more traditional landscapes. I found it all very stimulating and rewarding and the Art Exchange was a great environment. The resulting exhibition of works from the residency and photos of the works can be found here.