2017

Entanglement
Whitespace Contemporary Art
14 November - 2 December

Blanket

I've walked this place a thousand times and could navigate the corridors and winding stairway with my eyes closed, but how alive does this place become with the lights turned out! With the darkness filling the rooms, adorning the walls and inhabiting the hall atop the stairs, this house I know so well becomes a swathe of endless space. The floor stretches and covers the entire Earth, the walls press in and wrap me in a warm embrace. Memories and daydreams come pouring in, imagination enlivening my home, shrouding me in a blanket made of familiarity and possibility at once - a blanket woven of comfort and dreams, its snug vastness filling me with a thirst for exploration and adventure.

This work is driven by my fascination with the tangle of interrelationships within the ecosystem. With compositions derived from the morphology of architecture, geology and organic matter, this work explores the dynamics of intimate spaces: the nooks that we find to create a place out of, an experience, a daydream, a memory and an ambience.

Through the painterly construction of landscapes and environments, I delve into the concept of personal proximity within the entanglement of matter that is the ecosystem, considering the way that we break down space and draw our own connections in order to make sense of the world.

The subject matter in these paintings stems from my contemplation of different types of structures; including staircases, caves, pine forests, arches and pillars, foliage, drapery, towers and rooftops, seeds, geological strata, icebergs, bricks and masonry, petrified wood, cypresses and blue gum trees, coral and lichen. Dwelling on the spaces that these forms can create, I fold and entangle them into biomorphic landscapes. 

Stairs
Acrylic on linen
90 x 130 cm
Blanket I & II
Acrylic on linen
65 x 120 cm ea.
The Moonbeams in the Wardrobe, the Door to the Cave
Acrylic on linen
170 x 110 cm
The Moonbeams in the Wardrobe,
the Door to the Cave
Detail 
Stairs
Detail
The Moonbeams in the Wardrobe, the Door to the Cave
Detail 
Blanket I
Detail
Blanket I
Detail
Entanglement
Installation view
Whitespace Contemporary Art
14 November - 2 December 2017