What inspires your art practice?
I am the fourth generation on the family farm. Conservation and a Number 8 wire mentality have been ingrained in my psyche. This along with New Zealand’s unique volcanic landscape and its distinctive native flora and fauna strongly influence my work. I am inspired by the making process, combining both traditional handcraft techniques with experimental processes to create innovative pieces such as casting using volcanic glass. I enjoy the challenging aspects of using mixed media to capture forms; with movement, colour and texture to capture the essence of this land.
What materials do you work in?
I work in Glass, Obsidian, Ceramic, Bronze, Pewter and various mixed media.
Describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
I use tools as icons to encourage discussions about the deforestation of New Zealand’s indigenous forests and to question the price of progress. The saws and hammers are metaphors for both destruction and construction while the materials (glass/obsidian) reference the fragile balance of sustainability. The acanthus motif draws on the long history of construction as an adornment of architecture while the kauri motif is a direct reference to the history of New Zealand’s building industry.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS?
International Biennale of Glass, Sofia, Bulgaria; National Museum of Slovenia; The Gallery, Helena Bay; Sir James Wallace Trust, Pah Homestead, Auckland; Wharepuke Sculpture Garden, Kerikeri
Where did you study?