20–30 October 2022
Over two decades, my artwork has developed as a conversation with my viewers. It’s an expression of my inner dialogue and experiences—using intuitive markings, linguistic imagery and movement to draw people in. The details reveal hidden layers. The marks are frivolous but controlled, ardent yet contemplative. Splatters of ink reveal moments of genuine expression, inviting people to listen, feel and relate. Intentionally subdued and monochromatic, I restrict the palette to avoid detracting from the conversation. In a world full of colour, chaos and emotion, my artworks offer space to breathe and see connections between our inner and outer worlds.
The last two and a half years have been a time of restriction: restriction of movement, of human contact, of opportunities. They have brought change to my life, particularly a move to a new studio and an unexpected new role as a gallery owner. And they have also brought surprising changes to my art practice. I have allowed myself the freedom to play with the processes and media that fascinate me—rust, fibre, natural dyes, meditative hand-stitching, random markings.
These works are a response to many inspirations: memories of desert landscapes seen from the air, the marking insects make under tree bark, the traces left in sand by birds and crabs, the south coast landscape changed and marked by fire. These are maps written by natural processes that are guiding me some place unknown and unexpected… and I am following them with delight.