My art is inspired by science and natural history. I am drawn to micro lifeforms, from beetles to bacteria, and examine how their biology can be translated into objects. The manner western society has sought to explain and order the phenomenon of life provides the framework for my research. As a college student, I was torn between pursuit of the sciences or fine arts; my practice now bridges these two passions. I am particularly fascinated by methods of taxonomy and the idea of the ‘cabinet of curiosities’, both for its aesthetic and conceptual richness, and actively seek opportunities to work with museums and natural history collections to enrich or direct my practice.
To talk about theories from natural sciences, such as symbiosis or parasitism, I appropriate the materiality and language of jewellery. Such pieces, however elaborate, remain recognisable as jewellery and are implicit of their place on the body; embedded with an intimacy and familiarity despite the subject-matter. I disrupt the expectations and mechanics of jewellery to generate a unique dialogue and provoke the viewer into seeing the ordinary as the extraordinary. I also use my methodology to play with culturally-embedded reactions - such as with insects - where the innate beauty of my subject is otherwise unknown, unnoticed or undesirable.
I have maintained my practice since graduating from the Bachelor of Contenmporary Arts, with First Class Honours, at the University of Tasmania in 2014. I received several awards for my studies including the Contemprary Art Tasmania Prize for best undergraduate portfolio. I am a recipient of the Australia Council ‘ArtStart’ grant, Regional Arts Fund and Arts Tasmania ‘Support for Individuals’ grant, and have undertaken two education residencies through Arts Tasmania. In 2018 I worked as a resident at the University of Tasmania towards a number of projects, including the development of a large-scale public art sculpture for the Woodbridge Marine Discovery Centre. I have been shortlisted for several prizes, and am the winner of the Artentwine Sculpture Biennale's ‘Small Sculpture Prize' for 2016.
My studio, now located on the outskirts of Launceston, has grown to support both traditional jewellery craft, or silver smithing, and various approaches to ceramics. This methodology developed from an early affinity with the materials and conceptual tropes of jewellery, which remains the dominant agent in my exhibition work, and a need to introduce intricate, soft and fleshy forms to contrast the hard edge of pierced and formed sheet metal.
I am currently working towards a large body of work, titled Coleoptera, which will be exhibited at Brunswick Street Gallery as part of the Radiant Pavilion program in September 2019.
I also maintain a secondary design-production practice for the retail market, in both ceramics and jewellery. These limited edition and staple pieces are available through Design Tasmania, Lord Coconut and the Ashgrove Cheese Farm Store. For more information on my production pottery click here.