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Investigations of nature


My ongoing investigation explores the  relationship between humans and the natural environment, in particular messages scratched into the iconic Eucalyptus trees. People have marked trees across many cultures and traditions  to  commemorate important events,  territory, as well as spontaneous emotions scratched onto trees. Often discounted as ‘just graffiti’, arborglyphs work to provide a context for memory, identity and values. They explicitly display layers of human interaction with nature through seasons of growth and renewal. I am interested in these often fragmented marks and messages which create a snapshot of contemporary life. 

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 Ex, Encaustic on panel, 50cm x 50cm
Snags  - Fallen River Red,  Encaustic on board
74cm x 120cm 
Was Here, Encaustic on panel, 60cm x 90cm
FKA, Encaustic on panel, 60cm x 90cm 
Over time, Encaustic on panel, 60cm x 90cm 


Living near the sea has provided a wealth of subject matter from seasonal changes, exploring marine life and visual phenomenon. Water and salt are essential elements for life. Salt has been a cornerstone of human civilization for thousands of years, traded as currency, used for food preservation and culinary practices around the world. Its importance cannot be underestimated in shaping society. My current work has been inspired by exploring the pink lakes of South Australia. The distinctive colourings caused by the presence of a type of algae called Dunaliella salina and other microorganisms. These microorganisms produce carotenoids, which are red-orange pigments, resulting in the lake's distinctive pink hue.



Eventide, Encaustic on panel, 40cm x 75cm
Salt Lake Bumbunga (detail) dyed silk & Lake Bumbunga salt    55 cm x 75 cm


Having attended a traditional weaving workshop with local Aboriginal woman Tahnae Davidson-Bartley, I have created a series of sculptural forms utilising found and recycled fibres, wax and natural pigments. Incorporating discarded fibres draws attention to our disposable society and habitat destruction. I endeavour to create new forms drawing together organic shapes from nature and referencing human interaction through material choices.


Fibre works : Found and recycled fibres / encaustic
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