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Solomon Islands

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.

Rock n' roll walking stick

carved iron wood and shell inlay

110 x 19 x 9 cm

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.

detail

detail

John Seda and Joel Gailer

lino-cut on paper

35 x 35 cm

As well as collaborations I also produced some solo studio work.

Attainment #6 (Paradise bird), 2014  acrylic on canvas  200x100cm

Attainment #6 (Paradise bird), 2014

acrylic on canvas

200x100cm

   Attainment #7 (Ed's Island)  unfinished   acrylic on canvas  90 x 200 cm

 

Attainment #7 (Ed's Island) unfinished

acrylic on canvas

90 x 200 cm

This is one of the lovely ladies who showed me how they use printing processes in the Solomon Islands to make the Lava Lava

This is one of the lovely ladies who showed me how they use printing processes in the Solomon Islands to make the Lava Lava

A typical banana leaf hut

A typical banana leaf hut

A roadside market in SI with my host family

A roadside market in SI with my host family

Studio

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!"

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Research studio

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.

Research studio

Research studio

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.

Building

Building

SOLOMON ISLANDS

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


In the studio with a young student

Modes of copying in the collaborative work with Fred Oge and Jimmy Sinumoana.

All the artists outside the National Gallery

Painting Studio

painting and experimenting in the studio

Exhibitions

Fremantle Print Award 2012

RMIT University Project Space, 2011

RMIT University Project Space, 2011

Heterodoxia, Kyabram Rodeo and Next Wave Festival Melbourne

Heterodoxia, Kyabram Rodeo and Next Wave Festival Melbourne

New Print, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne, 2010

New Print, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne, 2010

New Print, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne, 2010

New Print, Michael Koro Gallery, Melbourne, 2010

Solomon Islands National Gallery, 2014

Solomon Islands National Gallery, 2014

Solomon Islands National Gallery, 2014

Solomon Islands National Gallery, 2014

Stockroom Gallery, Kyneton, Victoria, 2012

Stockroom Gallery, Kyneton, Victoria, 2012