My current work reflects assemblage of disparate and familiar elements that have been found in antique alleys, op-shops, dumpsters - tracking down its provenance, or prising out a story - often with a Northland connection, using metaphor and imagery. Early curiosity cabinets have long held a fascination for me. Their juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated objects to elicit a response – either visceral, intellectual, poetic, mythic – the observer’s choice. That too is my challenge.
My background has been in theatre and performance art (Otago-Toi Whakaari) and writing performance text – juxtaposed against chef and food-researcher (Ma Gastronomy). Common ground is a joy in celebrating and providing a platform for the domestic and ordinary voice.
With so much still to learn - a favourite medium is pastel and paint, often using my fingers over brush – enjoying the tactile nature of creating. Indian ink, pastel or pen is the ‘go to’ for writing text.