My backstory

Originally trained and working in fashion design and production, I altered course to study drawing and painting at the Julian Ashton Art School, continuing my study at the College of Fine Arts, where I majored in painting while completing a Bachelor of Fine Art degree.

While studying for my master’s degree at Sydney College of the Arts my media of choice evolved to photography and textile work. However, I feel my work still suggests a painter’s sensibility in many ways and has influenced me in working with oils yet again after a long break. Recent textile pieces range from tight, abstract and amorphic shapes with linen, to more fluid, evocative manipulations. The photographic works possess a painterly, evasive quality – like catching sight of something but not quite seeing or understanding it (much like the process of remembering).

Artist statement

My practice seeks to unpack memory: triggers, interpretations and the ways it is depicted visually. Particularly important is the dissonance that occurs during the process of recall. My work revolves heavily around introspection, and is influenced by nuances of memory and feeling. In consequence it is an expression of engagement between the felt and the seen. A meditation on age, mortality and change, my work always reflects an appreciation of how changes in time are manifest in places and objects.

My recent practice uses old and evocative textiles, as both subject and object, to explore the underlying themes of memory and place. Textiles are the substance connecting us to our very beginnings, offering flexibility and latitude to develop contemporary artwork that can engage an audience in a very personal way. As caches of history, textiles allow me to dip into the personal, private worlds of others. Having their own history, culture and story, they provide endless inspiration for my work and practice.

Our exhausting, contemporary world is brimming with competing ideologies – the 24-hour news cycle, religious and political conflict, pressing human rights concerns—the perfect storm of our time. The cyber world’s unrelenting strides forward only combine to further sap personal time and distract from the rhythms of being human. It is against these anxiety-generating distractions that I work to bring about some self-reflection.

Taking time to describe feelings and sensations with colour, texture, and non-figurative methods of visual enquiry.

A creative antidote to modern life and the cyber-world.