As a commemoration of Rookwood Cemetery’s 150th Anniversary, a collaborative art project was hosted on the site. ‘Hidden 2017 ‘ included 40 installations in a Rookwood Cemetery Sculpture Walk from the 26th August – 24th September.
My giant skull mosaic ‘the Storyteller’ filled the space between adjacent head stones drawing on Day of the Dead iconography.
The calavera is a common motif in popular culture. Immediately accessible and less bleak than a skull, it tells the unique story of a life once led. In this work I use individual and painstakingly created ceramic tiles as symbols of the eternal cycle of life; butterflies, the sun, leaves and sprouting plants. Combined with found objects; little pebbles and broken pieces of of treasured crockery. The flotsam and jetsam of our ordinary lives creates inexplicable patterns. The eye sockets contain miniature scenes like memories. A Momento Mori glittering light and colour that conversely reminds us to live our lives now.
Make your Mark was a public art project organised by Tuggeranong Arts centre in 2014 to involve and show off the skills of the near by Multicultural Playgroup. We made stencils and painted pots from all over the world representing the incredibly diverse backgrounds of the participants.
In 2012 I had a solo show at The Front called The Sunken City. It contained dreamlike objects encrusted with coral and other aquatic embellishments.
There were some larger scale sculptures, like Coral Treasure and the Coral Mirror. Coral is a fascinating organism, it is a bioindicator of environmental change and such an intriguing mixture of plant, animal and mineral.
In 2005 it was ten years since I graduated from the ceramics department at the (then) Canberra School of Art. TEN YEARS as a practicing artist! So I had this solo show at the Legislative Assembly to mark the occasion. The themes of transformation, identity and sense of place were explored. There were Touchstones, large boulders with words engraved in them. Large, figurative sculptures of mermaids and animal/human combinations. A mirror with a hundred bindies and various ceramic lanterns placed around the space.