I am an anxious sponge.
I love painting silly serious books and pool noodles and leggings.
I also have a long history of collecting the words, phrases and objects of our consumer culture.
In 1991, I completed a suite of etchings and lithographs as part of my Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts that was inspired by car and panty liner advertising and chockas full of related text and lingo.
My acest-best first job was as a ticket writer, writing little signs for a chocolate company... and I fell in love with type, layout and the 'look' and rhythm of words.
I kept making art and wondering how it all sat with my graphic, illustrative tendency and love of advertising and consumerism...but I could never work myself out...who ever does?
I have a First Class Honors degree in Fine Arts from Victorian College of the Arts anda Masters in Fine Art from Monash University where I completed a silly big 3 metre square drawing called Power Moai Buns 'n' Thighs (shown at Nellie Castan Gallery in 2008) and a dissertation titled 'Love my Leafblower, Worship my Spartan Sports Power Tower: The Art of Synthetic Ecologies' ...
Given that my Honours year thesis was titled 'Too much Stuff: Where does it come from and What to do with it', I have realised after many years of fluffy business that I love long silly titles and words as much as images.
From 1999-2009, I immersed myself in tight ink drawings of chinoiserie and suburban motifs (for which I was lucky enough to get several art prizes).
Recently I was shortlisted with Anxious Sponges and Skuntz Lycra for The Mornington Peninsula National Works On Paper Art Award, 2018 + 2020, in Australia.
In 2015 I was invited to create a work for the 50K National Artist's Self Portraiture Exhibition at the University of Queensland, The University of Queensland has just purchased this gouache assemblage, below...
My work is in the following collections: The National Gallery of Australia, Artbank, Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Grafton Regional Gallery, Melbourne University,
La Trobe University, SBS at Federation Square, City of Yarra, City of Banyule, MLC, and Kedumba Contemporary Drawing collection, NSW, The University of Queensland
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Self-Portrait 2015, 220 x 150cm approx, The University of Queensland.
Watch video of curator Michael Desmond discussing my work for the 2015 National Self Portrait Prize at the University of QLD.