In 2014 I held a studio in the Solomon Islands as part of an Art Haus Residency at the National Gallery of the Solomon Islands. This country (which is made up of hundreds of islands) is a truly remarkable and mysterious place. Despite my westernised view of the exotic, the experiences I had there have only re-inforced my view of the magic and astounding beauty of these Melanesian Islands.
This is a collaborative work with Solomon Island artist John Seda. John is an important figure in the Solomon Island art scene, he has work held in major museums and is often exported for the international market. He works primarily in wood carving.
I utilise various studio locations in Melbourne and abroad depending on the type of work I make. I have a Research Studio, a Painting Studio, and when making prints I utilise community print studios. I have had studios in different locations throughout the world during residencies and projects as well, my permanent studio in Brunswick is finally complete - Cozens Street - check it out!
Working in a screen-print studio on the Artbox commission "Don't stop - Pop!"
I am currently completing a PhD at RMIT University. This is my studio on the corner of Franklin St and Swanston St right in the heart of Melbourne. This studio offers me the contemplative time to experiment and write.
Cozens Street. In 2015 I leased a place in Brunswick, Victoria that was basically an empty shell. I then, with the help of friends, began to build Cozens Street. We wanted to create a space where artists and creatives could work in a community of makers, sharing ideas and skills.
In 2014 I embarked on a residency in the Solomon Islands. This is my studio at the National Gallery in Honiara. I worked on a series of collaborations with artists I met there. This is Jimmy Sinumoana and Fred Oge, both well respected young artists in SI.
This is one of the lovely women who showed me how they use printing processes to make their famous Lava Lava
This is an ongoing series of works using gouache on paper. Attainment is the reach, the striving for something and the ladder is my symbol for this. I have painted and repainted Attainment in many different places from the Solomon Islands to Canberra and back to Melbourne. It is a motif I return to again and again. It encompasses all my ideas about print, repetition and the copy as well as having the psychological element of the ladder, striving and climbing.
gouache on paper
220 x 110 cm
Painting has always interested me, I studied painting before printmaking, it is a responsive medium that can yield surprising results. I often incorporate painting with print.