My work Blue Wedge Forest was recently selected to be in the Toorak Village Sculpture exhibition in Melbourne, Australia. It was inspired by my local Portland environment and the wooden cargo wedges used on ships and sometimes found washed up along the coast.
Flânerie, my latest exhibition of collaged printed works, was created as a result of a residency at the Sofitel Melbourne On Collins in 2015. It interprets the hotel’s French flavour, multicultural philosophy, and contrasting environments from the Paris end of Collins Street to Melbourne’s iconic laneways.
Listen to this discussion relating to the prints from the 37° 48′ S: artists navigate MELBOURNE recorded live in 2015.
Hosted by poet / playwright / spoken word performer Nathan Curnow, with special guest conversationalists:
- Neil Stonell, Director of Grimshaw Architects and project leader for Southern Cross Station and the Seafarers Bridge at South Wharf Melbourne
- Robyn Annear, historian and author of books including ‘Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne’ and ‘A City Lost and Found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne’
- Terence Murphy, Guest Relations Manager, Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.
I have been selected as a finalist in this year’s Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize with my work Daphne.
Daphne was inspired by the Laurel tree in the Portland Botanical Gardens and the myth of Apollo and Daphne that has been interpreted widely in art and literature. According to myth, Daphne is transformed into a Laurel tree so she can escape the advances of Apollo. In the words of Andrew Marvell:
The Gods, that mortal Beauty chase,
Still in a Tree did end their race.
Apollo hunted Daphne so,
Only that She might Laurel grow.
The Garden 1681
This myth is pertinent in a contemporary environmental context where recognition of our relationship with the natural world and the interconnectedness of all life forms underpin the development of solutions to current issues.
Bimblebox 153 Birds is part of a developing art project where writers, musicians and artists creatively engage with the avian residents of the endangered Bimblebox Nature Refuge to describe the bird species officially recorded there.
Bimblebox Nature Refuge is 8000 hectares of native bush-land in Queensland, Australia, legally recognised as a Nature Refuge and part of the National Reserve System of Protected Areas. It is currently under threat from massive coal-mining projects both directly over and under the refuge plus all around it, throughout the Galilee Basin.
Bimblebox Art Project is coordinated by artist Jill Sampson who developed the project as a way of exploring the material, visual, historical, scientific and physical existence of the Bimblebox Nature Refuge while questioning what the future holds and what human and societal value we place on it.
Curators of Melbourne work: Dianna Gold & Dr Carmel Wallace.
Our joint New York /Melbourne exhibition is listed on the 2014 New York print Week program along with print exhibitions at major institutions such as the Guggenheim and MoMA.
and a poem about my work . . .