This painting is about facing and allowing duality. We all suffer from the human condition which divides thoughts, feelings and memories into good and bad. This painting is a call to embrace all that you are and to get clean and clear of your story. Turn on your light and dance like a numbat!
Just a bit of fun that flew out. Lou this was the rejected first idea I had for the work you now have.
This painting is an expression of the time I spent living in Carnarvon. I hung the canvas on the wall and would come home and put something on the canvas and walk away. Coming back days or years later to add something else until the painting said it was finished. These paintings become a mysterious story that constantly changed as the layers appeared. For example the text was from a scratchy I brought one afternoon in Carnarvon and the words became an amazing poem that just had to go on the painting.
Influenced by being single and reading about the German 19th century pessimistic philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. He has often attracted artists and people wondering about life’s meaning?
Schopenhauer introduced the West to Eastern philosophical ideas and examined the nature of love affairs. He never married and for 27 years lived alone except for a succession of pet poodles. This had me at the time wondering what my concept of love looked like and if I should trade it in for a poodle.
Inspired by, hideous light fitting, Indian taxi and breastfeeding.
Painted about our home in Melbourne after we returned to Perth.
This painting is about how shocking it is when some unexpected tragedy happens. The desert of that event renders you skinless, genderless and you don’t have the right tools it seems
This diary page was an idea about using microscopes and slides of random everyday things to generate abstract designs.
This cardboard is about the change in perspective that travel can bring.
My partner is a tech head and everywhere in our house are computers in various stages of undressing, along with their accessories. The visual impact of being around these objects penetrates and affects me as a visual artist.
This art work was made in support of gay marriage.
Love can not be wrong.
Kitty is sick of eating death and grief everyday. Kitty craves something else on the menu.
Perhaps a lentil burger with sunny days on the side.
This drawing was inspired by my friend Sean’s song lyrics of unrequited love.
This postcard was made in Vienna. It really captures the fun to be had at an art opening.
Happy Mothers’ Day. This painting is about the wonder that a mother has watching her child play and grow.
There has been a bit of the flu in the house this week and I am hoping it is all that appears this year. So keep warm and stay well.
Have you ever had the experience of saying something without editing and hearing it along with the people around you. This painting was painted after one of those events. I came home and created this painting. It hangs in my kitchen to remind me that listening is more important than talking.
I have always enjoyed making postcards when I am overseas and out of my normal routines. I create these works to submerge myself in foreign countries to feel like becoming a part of their community and daily lives. This postcard depicts a London street scene.
I have always loved famous people’s journals/diaries and all my work is one big diary. This page is first of a body of work I am going to share called Stimulus Response. My method is finding a objects or images, then spontaneously responding to them through the art work, creating layers of possible meanings. With these artworks, I like the viewer to make up their own story.
This is an old picture I just found yesterday and had to share especially for the the fab Claus Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen sculpture Screwwarch in the background that was made in 1983. These guys are the masters of big things and worth checking out.
This work is made from the cardboard boxes we discard in our daily food rituals and held together with staples. It is about the acknowledgement of your mother’s hard work done out of love for her family. The respect that you have when you become a mother. The questions you will ask yourself about what you will do differently and what you will do the same. The colours are greying as each generation sits in a different space with different requirements but the juggle stays the same. The mother and nourishment are intertwined and staples are the food basics of every mother’s pantry.
Born in Paris in 1908 she produced a rich body of writings including works on ethics, feminism, fiction, autobiography, and politics. Her feminist writings were written at a time when very little serious work had been done from a feminist perspective.
For me personally, she was the first woman that I read who examined being a woman in a man’s world.
My portrait of Beauvior is taken from a photo later in her life and distorted to express her academic potency. The found objects in the forefront are typewriter ribbons as a symbol of her choice of tool.
Was a bastard born into the French middle classes. Voltaire became a super celebrity in the 1700’s. He was an amazing prolific writer of stories, plays, treaties and tracts. Voltaire was also self-reliant due to his shrewd business acumen and became a very wealthy man. He was jailed twice and eventually banished by the King. He took on the church and state and was considered by some as the first human rights activist. He wrote some twenty thousand letters to his friends. He lived to eighty-four years and had been a sickly child. He craved acceptance while loudly disdaining it.
My Voltaire has also got young Robert Plant’s hair from the amazing 70’s super group Led Zeppelin.
This is the first of a series of 4 that I have created called “Grief Cases”.
Grief is a dark place that touches all of our lives and I have had a need to express my feelings about it due to it affecting my life.
In my art practice I operate at times from the idea that if you don’t use intense energy it uses you.”
Dimensions 198x137cm. Oil on canvas.
The subject is Jason Harrison, a former contestant of the Network Ten reality television programme “The Renovators”. Jason’s physical presence (6’9″ tall or 2.06m) and practical skills strongly influenced the formal qualities of this work.