What inspires your art practice?
My previous career was in film and television, predominantly documentary making so researching an idea and having a story behind a work is an important aspect of my process. Much of my work deals with the concept of place, identity and colonialism and the vestiges of colonialism on the New Zealand landscape.
What materials do you work in?
I work predominantly in cast bronze at the moment, but in the past I have learnt to work with whatever material best befits the idea.
Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Perched precariously upon an oversized acorn the familiar tilt of the Tui’s head seems to say “what the heck is this?” Off Balance is part of a body of work called Charming Invaders that has been occupying me as an artist for several years. A response to the landscape of Arrowtown where I live, which trades upon its natural beauty as a tourist destination, and the tension between introduced and native species of flora and fauna. The work is intended as homage both to our native Tui and to the trees, plants and people who have come to New Zealand from all over the world. But mostly it is a comment on the more serious issue of non-native species in our environment.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
Artis Gallery - Auckland; Tai Tapu Sculpture Garden - Christchurch; Stoneleigh Sculpture in the Gardens - Auckland, Private collections around New Zealand, Australia and the UK.
Where did you study?
Elam School of Fine Arts, Falmouth School of Fine Art, Camberwell College of Fine Arts