Seduction of plastic, 2020
Acrylic on canvas
76 x 76cm
I have been concerned for many years about the seduction of plastic and the consequences to our planet. The state of our oceans is heightened when catastrophes occur such as major oil spills. In my work the ocean currents of the world are defined with the words “I would like my life back”, these were the words of a CEO of an oil company when he was interviewed after one such event. The Great Pacific garbage dump is a massive accumulation of discarded plastic both visible and invisible. Layers are broken down into microplastics and the ocean has dead spaces beneath where no life can flourish.To reflect this process the first layers of my work have been submerged and replaced with bright seductive plastic and a dead hole.
Every cheddar’s nightmare, 2003
Oil on canvas
118 x 92cm
The allure of a reflective surface, it’s irresistible. Reflecting the world out from itself, an inanimate object. The commonality of this utensil, flipped, warped and portrayed in a varied light. Beauty from the mundane, the overlooked. Every cheddar’s nightmare was created to allow the viewer a new perspective and appreciation of this everyday mundane kitchen utensil. One that sits on the shelf, that grates, that exists for our convenience. Look beyond, a little deeper, beauty and art can be found in everything.
Improvised Drawing (Dust), 2019
chalk pastel on paper
85 x 67cm (includes frame)
The drawing “Dust” was created as part of an improvised music session. By sanding chalk pastel into a bowl i create a sound that is enacted alongside drums and guitar/violin by members in the band StrangerStill. Then, while the music continues, I dip my hands into the bowl of sanded chalk and quickly eke out the depiction of a white ghost – inviting it to emerge from the darkness of the black paper. In this particular session the figure seems almost insect or alien like, caught in the act of letting the chalk-dust fall from it’s fingers – reflecting me – with the dust of the chalk on my fingers – depicting the ghost.
The Old Quarry, 2020
oil on canvas
91 x 71cm
Not for sale
This is one of many paintings I have made in the landscape close to my home in Glenorchy. I find my subjects by accident while wandering through the bush. In this work, I was attracted to the rectilinear patterns of the rocks, and the stark colours of light and shade seen in the open air.