RESEARCH – SHADOW SHAPES EXTRACTED AND LAYERED – DIGITAL PRINTS
Contemplating the colours of my childhood, spent in Western Australia.
I have been thinking about the colours that I am drawn to and which inevitably influence my colour choices. Two very different living experiences have had a profound effect on my relationship with colour, but both involved the sea. The first, is Albany a coastal town (now a city) at the southern tip of Western Australia. Geologically it has the most amazing and dramatic rock formations. These large, grey rocks were everywhere, even in our garden and I loved to climb these with my siblings. I remember the cream and green hues of the splattered moss patterns which covered these rocks, as well as their angular lines set dramatically against the crisp blue sky and the pale blue/greys and deep metallic blues of the sea. I loved the greens of a richly diverse landscape. But I also remember colours spied through the insect mesh which covered all of the windows, creating dramatic contrasts with the view from within a cool, shadowed room, with that of a bright sunlit garden beyond.
A few years later and my family and I are living in Port Hedland, in The Pilbara, Western Australia. Standing in the garden, I could spy the orangey reds of the iron ore stacked along the edge of the docks, contrasting with the blinding white gigantic piles of salt rising out of the siding tracks. The main experience was of intense brightness in the wide open vistas, with the sky meeting the ocean as well as the land. I recall the shimmer of the road, in the intense heat of 40c degrees plus, created a mirage across the wide open road, turning colours into muted approximations of themselves. Contemplating the beach where my siblings and I played, I remember the sandstone formations and the powdery cream sand, covered in transparent red jelly fish, the aftermath of a storm. And the jewelled ultramarine shades of the blue/green Indian Ocean filled with sea snakes and sharks beyond.
RESEARCH – SHADOW ABSTRACTIONS IN METAL AND SPRAY PAINT
One of a series of small metal folded sculptures, where shapes are cut out to explore what might lie beyond…
Research – Shadow shapes extracted and layered – Digital prints
An ongoing series of digital prints, where extracted shadows are flipped and resized. Each piece varies as translucency, colour-ways and texture are changed, allowing for memory and feelings to be explored.
Research – sculptural investigations of space using insect mesh
This work is inspired by the materiality of my childhood. Insect mesh at the windows of my house in Western Australia, provided a screen to peer through. These pieces explore how a memory can be wrapped and enfolded within an everyday, familiar material.
Research – Extraction of shadow. ..Abstraction of shadow
I have been exploring the spaces around a Brutalist structure, the tower at Wheatley Campus, for the past five years. These pieces were developed for my Research in Practice MFA exhibition held in The Glass Tank Gallery at Oxford Brookes University, from December 2019 to Jan 2020.
Light, Shape and Materiality series, Wheatley tower, Oxford Brookes University, July/August 2019
These pieces explore the idea of fading memory. This building has stood in Wheatley village, Oxford since 1965, dominant in the landscape.