What inspires your art practice?
I try to place the viewer within the context of the work, to not just be an observer but to make them a considered participant. Much of my recent work is questioning our role in the maanaki of the earth and its flora and fauna. My work can manifest as a change of scale to familiar, overlooked objects all the way to abstract constructions. The dialogue between nature and the manufactured product is becoming crucial in our current social climate.
What materials do you work in?
I work across all media including 2D, 3D and video. I commonly use steel, fibreglass, wood, concrete, aluminium and resin, but will consider anything that communicates my intentions.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2021
Monolith takes aim at the patriarchal origins of historical memorials and pushes them below us. Using scale to engage with Papatūānuku as one large sculpture and put an end to lifeless, phallic monuments. The familiar form of ‘Monolith’ creates a stoppered interface with what holds
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZSOS? Auckland Airport Sculpture Park; Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens.
Where did you study?
Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design (NZ) & University of North Dakota (USA)