Artist's Statement

A contemporary artist emerging from a lifetime in education and still engaged in learning and teaching, I investigate art as social commentary, a means of making sense of our many intertwined relationships.

Identifying with Koestler’s concept of creativity as "a process where the teacher and pupil are located in the same individual", I am a contemporary artist who has found embedded in her practice, a fascination with the painting, drawing and calligraphy of the ancients.

My current practice draws much of its content and form from the world of the everyday, with a juxtaposition of painting and drawing, familiar found objects, calligraphy and contemporary print media.

Underlying my art practice is recognition of the human need to make a mark, and through exploring the form that mark can take, I currently paint hyperreal images of my mixed-media constellation and glass assemblages whose intervention in the space of occupation alter the reading of the whole shebang. The more you look, the more you see.

Human interaction and the ocular-centrism of perception through lenses and filters, remain central themes suggested by the materiality of glass. Meaning becomes apparent in my work as the conspiracy of contingent influences concur through the chimeric complicity of concepts and materials.

 

 

Education

2012-13   University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts
  Master of Contemporary Art
2011 Footscray Community Arts Centre 
  "Currents in Contemporary Art"
2009 Footscray Community Arts Centre
  "Artways Pathways"
1979 University of  Melbourne (Melbourne State College)
  Bachelor of Education (Art and Craft)
  Major studies: art history, painting and drawing, printmaking, ceramics, wood & fibre.

 

Exhibitions

2017 Documentor
2016 "Smoke and Mirrors" @ Pancho’s Villa Estudio laneway gallery, Moonee Ponds
2016 "Teeny Tiny" @ MREAM Artspace, Maidstone. "Atrophy" sold into private collection
2015 Red Hill Art Show. "La Mujer" sold into private collection
2014 "Utopian Dream" project
2014 Maribyrnong College Art Show collaborative curation
2014 Red Hill Art Show. "holes init 2&3" assemblages sold into private collection
2014 "palimpsest" installation in ‘New Directions’ Hawthorn Studio and Gallery
2014  City of Moonee Valley Clocktower Centre, Boadle Hall retrospective; contributor
2013 "grotto of readymade delight" V.C.A. Masters exhibition, University of Melbourne
2013 Contributor to "Luminescence" exhibition,  Windsor Hotel Melbourne
2013 "elemental"  Solo exhibition George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne
2013 "Cultural Imprint" exhibition of my student prints, Boadle Hall @ The Incinerator Moonee Ponds
2012 Current 11 "Part Object", Roslyn Smorgon Gallery FCAC
2012 "Drawing from Life"  work sold into private collection
2012 "effervescent" woodblock print sold into private collection
2012 Contributing artist "La passeggARTa" Art in Windows Exhibition, Union Rd. Ascot Vale
2011 Curation "Gateway Print exhibition", Flemington Community Arts Centre
2011 Curation "Yellow Moon"; print exhibition, Social Roasting Co.
2011 Curation of "Japonnais" print exhibition byC. Grandjean, Social Roasting Co.
2011 Contributing artist  "Window Frames" Art in Windows exhibition, Sydney Rd. Brunswick
2011 "Either/Or" February 2011, Trocadero Art Space Footscray
2010 "Human Condition" mixed media site specific, Incinerator Gallery, Moonee Ponds
2010 "GariwerDrama" work sold to private collection

 

Teaching Experience

2017   Kingswood College
  Product Design Technology: Wood years 7 – 12
2016 Penola Catholic College
  Product Design Technology: Wood years 9-11
  Swinburne University
  Curriculum Development: PDT and VCD. Writing Blended Learning Curriculum for Trainee Teachers
2010 - 2015 Maribyrnong College
  Art, Visual Communication and Design, Product Design Technology Years 7 – 12
2014 Victoria University, Arts Education, casual academic
  Studio #44 Summer Intensive Workshops
  Woodblock Print, Calligraphy, Painting/Drawing
2010 – 2013 Maribyrnong, Thornbury and Buckley Park Secondary Colleges, Fitzroy High School
  Casual Relief Teacher, years 7 – 12
2009 Hume Central Secondary College
  Teacher – Design and Technology Years 7 – 9
2001 – 2008 Penleigh and Essendon Grammar PEGS
  Teacher of Art Years 7 – 10
  Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, Calligraphy, Art History
1999–2000 Overnewton Anglican Community College
  Teacher of Art Prep – year 8
1997–1999 Broadmeadows Secondary College
  Arts Faculty Co–ordinator
  Teacher Studio Art and Ceramics  Years 7 – 12