Meandering in Places, Spaces and Grids, 2018

Graduation Show, Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland University,  Post Graduate Dipoma Fine Arts

My research project stemmed largely from my curiosity of the grid,  both in it’s art historical context and also as a colonial construct.   In these works the grid is concealed, to a certain extent, by gestural markings indicative of nature.  I think of these works as a metaphor for a return to nature, spirituality and indigenous knowledge systems, a kind of “re-wilding”.

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“Totally Alive and Waiting”, 500x550mm, Oil paint on Canvas
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“Low Flying Panic Attack” 450x500mm, Acrylic and Oil on Linen

Finalist in the New Zealand Contemporary Art Awards, Waikato Museum, 2019

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“Stay in the Shadows”, 1000x850mm, Acrylic and Oil paint on Linen
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“The Grass grows over me”, 400x400mm, Oil paint on Linen
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“Under Hot Fluorescent Lights”, 400x400mm, Oil paint on Canvas
“Catching my Reflection in the Window”, 500x500mm, Oil paint on Canvas
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“Message Coming In”, 500x500mm, Acrylic and Oil paint on Linen
“The wind rushing round my open heart”, 300x370mm, Acrylic on Plywood
Installation, Elam Grad Show, 2018
Installation, Elam Grad Show, 2018

Water Colour works on Hahnemühle fine art paper.

“Sediment of Thought”, Water from Tamaki Estuary and Pigment on Paper, Finalist Estuary Art Awards 2018 575x750mm

In the Tamaki Estuary there is a lot of heavy metal sediment from years of infrastructure and pollution run-off.  This sediment has had a hugely detrimental affect on the wildlife in the river, which used to be a pristine feeding ground for the local whenua residing there.  This work is a water colour using the water from the estuary, it is painted in a way that the pigment is left to dry in a puddle of water on the surface of the paper, much like sediment would.  There is also a gold pigment pattern over top which is symbolic of the metals present in the sediment of the Tamaki River.

Watercolour and Weed on paper, , 575x750mm
Watercolour and weed on paper, 575x750mm

I have an interest in plants that help the planet, and us.  These works are a response to a heavily polluted stream (mostly from local farming) at the back of our properties at Port Waikato.  The stream is full of Duck Weed for wastewater treatment.  Duckweed has several advantages over other aquatic macrophytes. First, duckweed has a high rate of nutrients uptake, and can tolerate high wastewater nutrients levels (Landolt, 1986).  Duckweed multiplies vegetatively and accumulates biomass rapidly.  These works are made with water and duckweed from the stream, and watercolour paint.

Painting the Grid

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“Beyond You, Beyond Me”, Oil paint on Canvas, 450x400mm
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“Where the sun shines through”, Oil paint on canvas, 450x450mm