TAKING LIGHT ART TO A DIFFERENT LEVEL
I grew up in a house full of makers. Being a shy and quiet child meant I often retreated to observe or to escape. Six of us followed our parent’s lead by becoming adept in whatever skill was required to create. Constructing large scale works in dad’s sand and scoria mounds, laying fabrics out ready for cutting, or the repetition of baking a week’s worth of goodies to feed eight was the norm.
My siblings and I weren’t surrounded so much by art, but rather the output of our own making. The art appreciation happened in church, where for me the marble statues and stained glass windows brought solace. These engaged me visually, where the contrast between coloured glass and neutral stone created a curious and lasting memory.
I make art based on this upbringing. My enjoyment of repurposing found objects is directly related to having to make do and create something out of nothing. The fascination with light was also born from here but also the largely meditative and life giving benefit created by the colour light works is a necessary element for me.
I studied art at MIT and then AUT, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor of Visual Arts. The Light and Space artists from the 60s gave me a platform to perform my own experiments with light and colour, and their search for meaning in this sphere directly relates to my own enquiries. They created objects from light, a sensory experience. They had a way of making light that takes me somewhere else.
I have travelled and lived overseas for many years and the influence of the big cities of Europe and Australia resonated with me. As well as these experiences of foreign travel, I am very much influenced by everyday life. Noticing beauty in the mundane or re-invigorating an object long after it’s original purpose go hand in hand for me. I love the use of repetition in art and the balance of male and feminine aesthetics.