My art is process driven. I explore the language of materials, their combinations and the artistic potential of domestic and industrial waste and use these to address themes relating to the fundamental issues of contemporary life.
In my recent SH6 series, I use roadside rubbish collected from outside my home in Gibbston. I sort and clean this rubbish and flatten the discarded aluminium cans. Certain pieces are then collaged with printed transparencies to make up the artwork. The remaining rubbish is taken to the tip or recycling station.
These artworks address a theme relating to the effect of consumerism and tourism on the Otago environment. Rubbish informs us about changing patterns in contemporary society. Ten years ago, my rubbish collection consisted of drink bottles, Winfield cigarette packets, old cds and tapes. Today, I collect disposable coffee cups, (particularly those that have held mocha and chocolate drinks), drink bottles, ready-to-drink and energy drink cans, fast food wrappings, bits and pieces that fly off the back of builders’ ‘utes’ and holiday cigarette packets.
2007, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting, Dunedin School of Art Dunedin
1999, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Victoria University Wellington
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