For the Tatha group show I collected hundreds of redundant keys gifted to me by many people and have repurposed them to create a sited sculpture at the edge of the River Tay. Keys are a powerful metaphor on many levels associated with security, ownership, space and place, identity, domesticity and the workplace. Simultaneously as these keys are no longer fit for purpose and have been discarded a layer of meaning exists tied to loss, inaccessibility, and redundancy
Each single key has been randomly welded to each other materially connecting disparate people and lives together to create the surfaces of one large suitcase which lies on it’s side empty by the rivers edge. The suitcase is a powerful motif and one I have worked with in the past and now revisit. It is now open to being read as a deeply loaded and heavily politicised object in the context of being sited by the edge of the river, washed up onto the shore.
Found...and Lost I hope is uncovered by the passer by generating questions and meanings in a myriad of ways for the forthcoming group show.
I am a multidisciplinary artist with a practice that bridges painting, sculpture andinstallation based work. I have for over 20 years been drawn to the power ofmetaphor primarily through the use of specific materials which to me embodymeanings and knowledge in and of themselves. I am deeply influenced by NewMaterialism which challenges anthropocentrism and a hierarchy which has it’sroots of seeking knowledge through a Western, Cartesian, I think therefore Iam model of operation. A continued interest in the vibrancy of matterdrives my practice and anchors many of my ideas.
2014-2015 DJCAD,Dundee. MFA in arts and humanities (Distinction)
1998-99 SydneyCollege of the Arts, Master of Visual Arts
1999 GlasgowSchool of Art, exchange student MFA program
93-96 SydneyCollege of the Arts, Bachelor of Visual Arts Hons (first class)
91-92 LeithSchool of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland
90-91 CentralSt. Martins School of Art and Design, London. Foundation Course
2016 Disquiet FireStation Creative, Dunfermline
2003 (Re)place Galleryof Modern Art, Glasgow
99 TheWaiting Room SydneyCollege of the Arts, Rozelle
98 PerpetualFallibilism Room 35, Sydney
98 SplendidIndecision OpenHouse Gallery, Sydney
Inside-Out CanberraContemporary Art Space
97 SplendidIsolation 151Regent Street, Sydney
96 HighJinks SideOn Studios, Sydney
2018 Ways We Work West WardWorks
2018 Platform 2018 PMAG, Perth
2016 Oscillations Aegina,Greece
2015 RSA Open RSA Edinburgh
2015 Masters Show DJCAD,Dundee
2014 Re:Cap Patriothall Gallery
2014 Collective Ground PatriothallGallery, Edinburgh
2013 CroatiaScotia DoubtfireGallery, Edinburgh
2009 2person show with Kirtsy Lorenz Touchie Studios
2008 Prima Vera MarieCurie fundraiser, Touchie
2005 Sculpture by the Sea Upside Down Back toFront
2003 Wish You Were Here PALP, Touring show,Cornwall
2002 Sculpturefrom the Sea CambelltownCity Art Gallery, Sydney
2001 Sculptureby The Sea BondiBeach, Sydney
2001 Vault2001 TheArches, Glasgow
2000 CelebratingGreen Spaces Q Arts,Derby, public art commission
1999 Interim GSA Rennie Mackintosh Gallery
1999 Ex/change Gallery191, Darling Street, Sydney
1998 Fundraiser CBD,Sydney
1997 LoveLetters to J.Macdonald 151 Regent Street, Sydney
1996 Sculptureby the Sea SydneyWater Festival
1996 10-YearAnniversary Firstdraft,Sydney
White Hysteria ContemporaryArt Centre of S.A.
Next HonoursGraduate Show
SydneyCollege of the Arts
Giftings SideOn Studios, Sydney
1995 Fanta(sm) Firstdraft,Sydney
1994 YoungDissonance Universityof Wollongong
2015 Flostunga Artist’s Residency, Iceland
2015 MFA student prize, DJCAD
2014 Scholarship for outstandingBritish or EU student. DJCAD, Dundee University
2002 Glasgow Visual Artists Award
2001 ScottishArts Council, Small assistance Grant
2000 CelebratingGreen Spaces, Environment Week
98-99 Australian Post Graduate Award
TheUniversity of Sydney
1998 TheZelda Stedman Award
CulturePerth & Kinross Board member 2016-2017
2000-2002 GlasgowSculpture Studios
97-98 Presidentof SCAlumni
2016 Being In Place Co-curated with Allan Davies, Wasps
2014 Collective Ground Co-curated with Henry Jabbour,Patriothall
2010 HughMurdoch Touchie Studios
2008 Prima Vera Touchie Studios, Perth andKinross.
2002 Slice East Kilbride Arts Centre.
Cross-section of Glasgow School of ArtGraduate show from 2002.
/engage 2000 City Museum, Sheffield.
Co-curated with SarahBrown.
1998 21stBirthday Show 21 years ofgraduates work from SydneyCollege of The Arts.