In the past I had an autobiographical approach to making art and was influenced by my immediate surroundings and life experiences. I enjoyed leaving the meaning of the sculptural works open to imaginative inquiry of the viewer, so they became participants in making their own meaning of the artworks. I was hoping that the personal would have a broader appeal and resonance to others. There has been a gradual shift to exploring environmental concerns that have become significant to a growing number of Artists.
Techniques and processes
I appreciate the way traditional craft techniques are passed on through the generations by generous and dedicated practitioners and organisations. I would like to acknowledge the Basketmakers of Victoria for passing on basketry techniques that have become invaluable to the development of my art practice since joining in 2007. I make fibre artworks using time consuming basketry techniques and exhibit in a small number of exhibitions annually that has resulted in a slow art practice over two decades.
My art practice is becoming increasing interconnected with facilitating community art projects. For example, when designing “Things that Flower at Night” for a laneway project to be held in Ballarat in 2022, I have involved different groups and organisations to help make the work. This process is freeing up my practice as I have become more exploratory and playful while making art. I am inventing faster processes that are more inclusive for people of all ages and abilities. Communicating with others in the creative process is inspiring me to generate new ideas and ways of making.
I experimented with many different materials and techniques, early in my sculptural practice, but have persisted weaving recycled materials. I predominantly use traditional weaving techniques with contemporary materials, ideas and/or sculptural forms and enjoy the contrast of old and new.
As a gleaner living in Melbourne, I was using man-made recycled materials such as plastics more easily found in the urban environment. I collected discarded objects and materials and reused them in the creation of sculpture, as I have been dedicated to recycling for an extended period. Since moving to the Central Highlands of Victoria in 2012 I have gradually moved my focus to growing, collecting, and using natural materials from mine and other’s gardens. Each year plants need to be pruned and the waste material can be used in my sculptures or otherwise destined for the compost.