About

My work is always part of a continuous process of exploration into the many facets of personal identity and the anxiety of the human condition. As occupiers of the vastness of earth and the small place it takes up in the universe, it is often too overwhelming to begin to comprehend our individual part in the process of life.  To understand our part in the ‘bigger picture’, I have always considered the way to ‘find oneself ‘ or understand ‘why we are who we are’ is to work back through history. While being  introspective when seeking to understand ones identity, I am also of the view   we are able to discover an enormous amount of knowledge about ourselves when we  look at the network of connecting humans through the lens of ancestry and family history researching. Looking at ancestral heritage  involves sifting through a wealth of information which then offers  up an enormity of avenues to consider for hints and clues to relate us physically and characteristically to our forbears. As technology advances there is more insight available to us now via the research into genetic inheritance.  Physically and mentally we echo our parents and to a lesser extent our grandparents, great-grandparents and so on. It follows then that some small fragments (naturally invisible) filter down through time through generation to generation and will go on doing so. Our identity then, is not a single form but a complex mix of human inheritance ,continuously evolving and reforming and recreating itself.

Education:

2013– MVA Visual Arts, Monash University, Victoria.

2010- Cert IV. TAA.

2009- Honours, (Visual Art), Deakin University, Victoria.

2008– Bachelor of Creative Arts (Visual Art), Deakin University, Victoria.

2002– Diploma Studio Stitch Textile Design, Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Victoria.

Solo Exhibitions:

‘Inheritance’, Memo Gallery, (Shire of Yarra Ranges), Healesville, Vic. 2016

Awards:

Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Honours Thesis, Visual Art, Deakin University. 2009

Special Award for Creativity & 1st Prize Machine Stitched Craft Article, Wangaratta Stitched Up Festival, Wangaratta, Vic. 2005

1st Prize Machine Stitched Craft Article, Wangaratta Stitched Up Festival, Wangaratta, Vic. 2004

Shortlisted Exhibitions:

St.George Art Awards, 2016- (Hurstville LMG), NSW.2016

Flanagan Art Exhibition,St Patricks College, Ballarat, Vic.2016

Wyndham Art Prize, Wyndham Cultural Centre,Werribee,Vic.2016

Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize, Woollahra Municipal Council, Double Bay, NSW. 2015

Deakin University Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University, Burwood,Vic. 2015

St.George Art Awards (Hurstville LMG), NSW. 2014

Flanagan Art Exhibition, St Patricks College, Ballarat, Vic.2014

Lethbridge 10,000 Small Scale Art Award, On-Line Gallery.2014

SHE Exhibition, Walker Street Gallery, Dandenong, Vic.2014

Flanagan Art Exhibition, St Patrick’s College,Ballarat, Vic. 2012

SHE, Walker Street Gallery,Dandenong. 2010

Group Exhibitions:

2011:

Blarney Books Biblio-Art Exhibition, Port Fairy, Vic.

2010:

Sculptures and Objects. Yarra Valley Grammar School,Kalinda Rd, Ringwood,Vic

2009:

“From Where I Stand”, Group Exhibition, Phoenix Theatre Foyer Gallery, Deakin University, Melbourne.

2007:

Student Group Show, Phoenix Theatre Foyer Gallery, Deakin University, Melbourne.

OP3RA, Group Exhibition, Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill.

2006:

OP3RA, Group Exhibition, Chapel on Station Gallery, Box Hill.

2005:

Nowa  Nowa Nude Festival, Nowa Nowa, Victoria.

Challenge 2005, Group Exhibition, Japan, France & Aust. (until 2007)

Linden Postcard Exhibition.

“One Step Further”, Vic. Quilters, Geelong.

“Stranded-Common Thread”, Steps Gallery, Carlton.

“Stitched Up Festival”, Wangaratta: Special Award for Creativity & 1st Prize Machine Stitched Craft Article.

“Beyond the Border”, Art Quilts, Malwala, NSW.

Narrabri Cotton Fibre Expo, NSW.

2004:

Linden Postcard Exhibition.

“One Step Further”, Vic Quilters, Hawthorn, Vic.

“Stitched Up Festival”, Wangaratta: 1st Prize Machine Stitched Craft Article.

2003:

“Stranded: Small Statements in Stitch”, Ararat Regional Gallery, Ararat, Vic.

“Stranded: Remnants”, Highway Gallery, Mt.Waverley, Vic.

“Strands of Stranded reprise show”, Obscurity Pictures Gallery Space, North Fitzroy.

Special Projects:

T-Bag costume for Tea Documentary Film, Deakin University, Melbourne, 2008.

Publications and Press:

Lilydale and Yarra Valley Leader: 14/6/2016.

My Ancestral Inheritance, RMH Familial Cancer Centre Newsletter,2014/15, Vol.3.

Sew happy in textile touch, Manningham News, June 2005.

New Looks for old Skills, The Age, 2005.

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