What inspires your art practice?
Focussed on re-contextualising craft, I take stitchcraft from the traditional to the contemporary in its use of non-traditional materials (paintball masks to protect protestors, chicken wire to stitch a fence, sifters and sieves to stitch contemporary samplers and vintage racquets for volleying a conversation) to make social observation and commentary. I see my role as an artist and producer as bridging aesthetics, exploring the application of innovative materials, championing excellence in making and to engage different communities in the creation of unique art works.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.Built from materials diverted from landfill, Respite is a place of rest installed at NZ Sculpture OnShore. It invites the foot-sore and tired to sit and rest, contemplate the view and enjoy a moment’s rest in manmade shade. It provides respite:
·For visitors to Fort Takapuna - in a ‘glade’ made from materials diverted from landfill.
·For our moana and whenua. The installation is a canopy of flowers made from milk bottles diverted from landfill. The seating is furniture made from shopping trollies, upholstered with vinyl from billboards.
And, of course, Women’s Refuge provides respite from family violence for women and their children.