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 group exhibitions and in five solo exhibitions. Three of these were in Melbourne, one was in Luang Prabang, Laos and one was in Vientiane, Laos.