WHAT ARE SOME OF THE IDEAS THAT YOU EXPLORE IN YOUR WORK AND THE MEDIUMS THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO WORK WITH?
I am very interested in history. Ancient memories, stories, mythologies and magic. It fascinates me that we can be touching rock that has been there for centuries and yet our day to day lives are on screens in a digital space. There is this old and new duality that exists. Our instincts, our domesticity, our relationships are all connected to the past. Working with clay is almost like telling a story from memory, trying to describe what once was.. I think that’s why I don’t like perfect lines or forms. Nothing is exact because memory is not exact. The way culture is past down is a result of memory so I also feel that social media culture has a part in my work. Seeing how feminism takes new form in day to day life and how ideas around nature and beauty are represented. Oil paint and clay are both made up of minerals from the earth and I bend them to my creative will. I feel like human interference or manipulation of nature is something I think about when I create and I try to let nature win.
IN AN INCREASINGLY DIGITIZED WORLD, HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU CONSIDER WHEN MARKETING YOUR WORK?
I think being online is everything to my work and practice. It has meant community for me and opening opportunities. It has taken me awhile to understand how I want to represent my art online but I think having a photographic background has helped me. I feel very happy with how my ceramic work is received online but It is frustrating that you can’t capture the experience of paintings on social media. I think I always try new things to express myself online. I am interested in storytelling through film as a way of being playful and giving context to the rest of my work. I do think the best things I have done are to reach out to people I admire, support their work and really know the local art community.Taking the online connections into real life, face to face relationships (when lockdown is over).
ARE YOU WORKING ON ANY FUTURE PROJECTS YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT?
I am looking forward to a group show that I am curating with Frances Cannon at Tinning St Gallery in Brunswick. It will feature 15 local female artists and is titled “ A Drop of Dew on Her Glistening Web’. It is a collective reflection about the home and as it has been postponed due to covid, when it does open we think it will be a heightened exploration of our time in lockdown as well. Hopefully in early 2021!
Other than that I am planning a new range of ceramic vases to be available and paired with XXflos floral bouquets. It is so amazing to work with a creative florist and see my vases matched perfectly with colourful everlastings. I will also have work at Sister Studios in Fitzroy next month.
I hope to have a solo show next year but everything is on hold for now. I guess I will just keep making at home and cook up ideas. My favourite thing to do to get me through this time.