NOW Contemporary Art Prize

May 22nd, 2017  |  Published in exhibitions  |  Leave a comment

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Summer Woodducks 2015 Hill End Winter 2016 is a work I completed during a Hill End residency in 2016. Using techniques I developed during my PhD at the ANU 2009-2013, Woodducks continues my deconstruction of animal representation through site-based processes and integration of self with deceased animal ‘shrouds’. In Woollamia, I placed two deceased woodducks (gifted to me by Pirate) on canvas affixed to a sprung bed base and covered in mesh. I left the ducks to decompose for 4 months, photographed their decomposed bodies for later reference, collected the canvas and placed it in my matrilineal copper ‘cauldron’ in which I had steeped eucalyptus leaves. The canvas had collected evidence of the swamp site via mould on the surface and the prints of fallen leaves, while the mesh protecting the bodies from predators also left its rusty imprint. The combination of moist dank environment and exposure exceeding one month, resulted in the canvas beginning to also rot in contact with the bodies. After stretching the canvas, the woodduck shroud lived with me until my residency at Bundanon 2015, when I felt ready to begin integration with the spirit of animal and place captured in the work. I began by mending the holes in the surface using thread collected from the frayed edges of the stained canvas. I patched the larger holes using clean canvas to invoke renewal before sealing the surface with rabbit skin glue. I was drawn to the work again during my Hill End Residency in 2016. The cold winter in a 19th century home by the studio potbelly compelled a catharsis that found a path out through laboured painting of the woodduck shroud. Spring blossomed in red as emotions released and manifest.

Bhewerre Wetland mural Project

May 11th, 2017  |  Published in practice  |  Leave a comment

The fourth and fifth mural of a 12 mural project framed and unframed



Night Vision

September 24th, 2016  |  Published in exhibitions, practice  |  Leave a comment

Images from the performance work at Bundanon Siteworks tonight!

Night Vision

Mummified Wombat

September 23rd, 2016  |  Published in field research, inspirations  |  Leave a comment

I have been staying in the musicians cottage at Bundanon with team Night Vision preparing for Alicia’s siteworks event during the last week and Suz showed me this wonderful wombat near the cottage.

Community murals

September 23rd, 2016  |  Published in practice  |  Leave a comment

When I returned from Hill End I photographed the community murals I have been working on over the past year. So many left to do for the Sanctuary Point wetland project (which is comforting). The first one is for SP Public School where I went as a child. It is a compilation of drawings made by current students.

Portrait of Haefligers

September 10th, 2016  |  Published in field research, inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

I created another painting over a $2 shop photo canvas. It is a portrait of the 19th century Haefliger residence. I have never created a portrait of a house before. Hill End has made an impact.

Hill End ringtail and currarong shroud

September 8th, 2016  |  Published in field research, inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

Today I could see (and I had heard) another rain event was headed our way so I decided to deinstall the Hill End Shroud. The prints worked very well especially the ringtail. I strung up a line in the woodshed so it could hopefully dry out a bit before it is packed on Saturday for the early morning Sunday trip home. Yesterday I had been invited to brekky at Dan and Vik’s house (short for viking and he was building a model boat when I arrived!). Like all places in Hill End on lease it is a restored 19th century ruin and absolutely beautiful miniature spaces in multiple buildings with earthen walls and wooden panel ceilings that set off the colourful personal collections of art and antiques brilliantly. Today I had (great) coffee at Genevieve and Bill’s place (home of Hill End Press) which was equally breathtaking and had the additional embellishments born from their eclectic art practices and those collected from artist friends. It was a wonderful first visit (and back for dinner on Saturday!) hopefully the first of many. I then delivered my work to Dave, he was very happy and gave me a free coffee.


Hill End Last Week

September 7th, 2016  |  Published in field research, inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

After 3 weeks of adjustment and cathartic emotions I have finally found peace in my solitude and the spring has brought wonderful warm days to Hill End. People are returning, more wonderful members of the community have introduced themselves and I have been painting like mad. I even made a painting for cafe Dave. I painted it over a 2 dollar shop photo print that makes it look like the kangaroo and bush in the Haefliger’s yard is in a vortex.


Hill End Day 14 part 2

August 29th, 2016  |  Published in field research, inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

A feature of this next lot of photos from History Hill is the glow green uranium glass. I could feel a headache coming on when I was in its presence i was sure of it….Some of the tiny little dolls were found in puddings instead of the usual penny. I imagine chitlins losing teeth in excitement! Another notable rustic piece was the dog muzzle.


Hill End Day 14

August 29th, 2016  |  Published in field research, inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

Today is a Saturday and after my jog I drove into Bathurst. First stop is always Hub for brekky/brunch and I was reading the letters between Sunday Reed and Joy Hester in my solitude (a book from Haefliger’s library) feeling very bohemian. I shopped at the art store, farmer’s market and then poxland before heading back to HE. Darren and Shaye were visiting me this weekend so we went to History Hill. What a bizarre and overwhelming place. The deconstructed town has been assembled within its dark underground interior. The rusted spooky collection of 19th century artefacts are punctuated by witty labels and additional effigies created by the assembler(s) that lend a 20th century local humour to what are extreme contrasts between male/female, Western/Eastern and the lone corner of a cabinet dedicated to the Wiradjuri that feature the most hideous neck shackles I have ever seen, their origins – the African American slave. I took over 100 photos and so there will be two image installments. A couple of notable items were the carved pipes and large locks. An installation of scales is a formidable sign of the gold rush town.