The beginning of a painting, or a body of work, starts on the floor. I am often crouching or on my hands and knees while I pour, splash, spray, dab, splosh paint on the canvas. I like to build layers, mix colours directly on the surface, leave bumps and crevices of paint to dry as it landed. Its often a frenetic space to be – energetic and fast paced. It is a felt experience. As the paintings develop, I move around them, rotate them, place them upright off the floor and the process slows down. The painting itself takes over, the materiality of the surface, the colours and the forms create a dialogue and that informs where the painting ultimately goes.
With each new body of work my painting practice shifts in a slightly different direction. Recently, I have been attempting to create space, resulting in a less-controlled, more visually loose picture plane.
Once complete, the compositions find their balance, yet remain unending. I want the painting to be imbued with potential twists and turns, possibilities that might breathe beyond the works' boundaries. This is important to me because I feel that in life, we all experience strong emotions – both positive and negative – which are difficult to understand and that's what I attempt to represent aesthetically. We can try to frame them – like a painting, put them in box with edges and contain them – but ultimately, its those things that make us who we are. And they are always shifting, changing shape, never-ending. Always evolving.
2017 Master of Teaching (Secondary) Double Visual Arts, Deakin University
2010 Graduate Certificate in Visual Art, Victorian College of the Arts (incomplete)
2003 Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication, Monash University
/ SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016 Wandering Spirits, The Australian High Commission, Singapore
2015 Silk Skin Moon Cakes, TDF Gallery Collingwood, Melbourne
2013 Upwelling, Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Canberra
/ GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 The Other Art Fair, Melbourne, VIC
2017 Summer Project IV, Boom Gallery, Geelong, VIC
2016 Current, Boom Gallery, Geelong, VIC
2015 Summer Group Show, Fenton & Fenton Gallery, Melbourne
2014 Emerge Group Exhibition, MSG Gallery, Melbourne
2013 TDFOH, Melbourne and Sydney
2016 The Honeycombers, Singapore, October
2016 Habitus Living, Sydney, June
2015 Courier Mail, QWeekend, Brisbane, November
2015 The Design Files, Melbourne, September
2015 The Honeycombers, Singapore, April
2013 The Design Files, Melbourne, August
2013 The Canberra Times, Weekend Magazine, September