“My work aims to be a form of dazzling, seductive, theatre of the absurd, with an infinite array of possibilities pertaining to both what it is and what it can be. I am inspired by everything from the absurd-ist plays of Eugene Ionesco to tribal masks, rock pools, colour philosophy, found objects, topography, land & underwater seascapes, and the intense beauty of a life lived with the finite conditions of mortality. Great evocative theatre can be an experience that encapsulates the senses and seizes the heart and this is a goal I set out to achieve with both my painting/drawing work and my own performance/productions. My story telling is intended to inspire story making within the imagination of the viewer.
With my painting/drawing work I want to engage and seduce my audience physically so as they want to touch the work or at least to examine the surface closely through sheer curiosity. I want the works to remain mysterious and enchanting to the viewer from both a distance and close inspection. So through seduction and curiosity I aim to beckon the viewer forward.
And through “theatre-scape” I aim to push the viewer back so as they can experience the work in its totality. Life is far from a literal experience for me so my work is about questions/inquiry not solutions, it wants to provoke imagination and possibility not provide it.
The surfaces on these works are very tactile as they are often laden with an array of found trinkets (zips, beads, carpet, spectacles, wallpaper, wood, broken glass, toy pieces, and an infinite array of other objects that now have a new context to live in. Often they are painted and presented amidst an array of coloured paint pools, globules, dots, dashes and shapes that now make up new theatrical worlds full of new characters to be reckoned with.
My own theatrical productions are a natural extension of this idea. Physically the objects just become larger, instead of beads I use people instead of wooden pieces I use car tyres either way the context may change but the “objects” still serve my “theatre-scapes” weather they are static or moving.
Naturally these productions are driven by a different form of storytelling as I use acting, dance, mime, live painting, projection, music, and multimedia to communicate my thoughts on the importance of cross cultural/ethnic unity, and environmental and social responsibility. My productions plots also revolve around my belief in the beauty of human struggle and my faith in spiritual/personal transcendence through this struggle.”
TVH Gallery, Sydney, Australia.
Green-Wood Gallery, South Melbourne, Victoria
Gullotti Galleries, Perth, Western Australia
JahRoc Galleries, Margaret River, Western Australia
Gallery Beneath, Mooloolaba QLD, Australia.
Le Siants Galerie, Prague, Czech Republic
Le Siants Galerie, Barcelona, Spain
Galerie Mark & Boris AG Aegertenstrasse 22 Bern, Switzerland.
“Frantic Bloom” 250 page book, published by Melbourne books dec 2010.
Rosenstiel’s art printers 33-35 Markham Street London, SW3 3NR United Kingdom
Bridgeman Art Library International 65 East 93rd Street New York NY 10128 United States
1999 Bachelor of Fine Art, RMIT University, Melbourne
1997 American Art lecture series, RMIT, New York, USA
1995 Workshops in Shona Sculpture, Stone Heritage Gallery, Harare, Zimbabwe