How I work
My art is inspired by the challenge of happenstance. I use only the materials that I find on my daily walks or that are thrown out in skips.
I start each of my sculptures by experimenting. Usually I lay out a selection of found objects on a piece of tile or wood. I rework the layout over several days. Often I add to, remove or rearrange the objects to observe the effect in different light and from different angles.
My ‘palette’ is usually silver, rust, black and woodgrain. This creates a natural harmony and cohesiveness. It also encourages viewers to look more closely, to observe the wide range of variability in sheen, patterning and lustre.
Only then do I glue
When I feel satisfied with the aesthetics of a work, I glue the pieces down. Glueing is tedious work, even more so because I use a toothpick to remove any excess glue.
If an artwork hasn’t come together after several days of experimenting and rearranging, I call it quits. The nails, bolts, nuts, bottle caps and other pieces of metal then go back with the others into their containers.
I currently create brooches, three-dimensional sculptures and wall sculptures. My wall sculptures range in size from less than 6x6cm to more than a metre square.
My background has been varied, including training in painting, weaving, ceramics and jewellery design. I have recently participated in workshops in alcohol ink, mosic, and fabric and stitch collage.
I work as an artist in residence at River Studios. My works have appeared in numerous solo and group exhibitions. I am also the facilitator for Creativity Cluster, a group of eight women artists. We offer a range of exhibitions, artist talks and workshops in the greater Melbourne metropolitan area.