Texts

X-Figure

An enigmatic sign, the figure/form ‘X’ conjures multiple meanings as a symbol, number and text. Traversing cultures, beliefs and knowledge systems, an X can prohibit and denounce, approve and correct, combine and connect. As a figure, X expresses human presence - from a mark found in prehistoric caves to the symbol for a female chromosome universal to women and men. It encapsulates mystery and allure – an unknown variable, an axis on a map, sign of hidden treasure and signifies special qualities, the ‘X-factor’. View

Subject-Object

In the space between subject and object, the I-figure engages the spirit, senses and mind. Stripped of expressive content yet embedded with symbolism and narrative, the I-frame remains open to each person's understanding and perceptions of Other and Self. In each encounter, the artwork looks back like a subliminal mirror to I/One, recasting the subjective in an objective lens. View

The abstract symbol's purpose and values shift across cultures and paradigms. In creation stories and diverse belief systems, totem-like figures relay spirits and ancestors, manifesting also in first-forms. In geo-politics, the pronoun symbolises agency and humanity, a fundamental platform of human rights. As a Roman numeral meaning One or First, ‘I’ commences a sequence, asserts primacy, origins and identity. In philosophy and psychology the I-subject evokes the conscious and subconscious in both human and spirit realms. Its imprint changes across languages such as te reo Māori where 'I' connects the spoken word with the past tense, and in Asian languages where ‘I’ makes the sound for 'love'. View

Glazed I’s

The Glazed I's transform the properties of glass into a space for deep meditation. No longer a protective film covering and mediating independent artworks, the I-glass is instead a liminal sheath, a membrane mediating between states of being and mind. ‘Glazed I’s’ infer impaired vision and blurring of content yet the I-form sharpens a viewer's focus. Proposing a distinctive character through form, media and title, each I-figure invites its beholder to physically and philosophically occupy an-other personality as they view the artwork and situation, and their own reflections and shadows. View

The Allegory

Text based visual images and shapes, across a range of media, explore the idea of an allergory – a form of narrative and/or visual image that extends or sustains meanings.  Testing a founding premise of minimalism, ‘less is more’, the artworks take a reductive approach while generating compound images and meanings through materials, form and situation. View

Still Painting

The Still Paintings document the relationship between painting/art and its environment. Embedded texts are revealed via short and long term exposure to ultraviolet light. Harnessing the ‘harsh New Zealand light’ praised by modernist painters and feared by art conservators, the Still Painting requires new conservation conventions. In a reversal of genre and process, the landscape does the painting. View

Fields

Grass Work

Wall hung and alive, the Grass Work is constructed from specially prepared turf, selected for each artwork depending on its intentions. Painstakenly hand-stitched to canvas and board supports, the swathe of earth expands the ideas of the painterly ground and substrate. The ubiquitous grass, a Duchampian-like readymade, is set into constant reproduction and endless cycles of growth and dormancy, becoming a 'beingmade' – coined by the artist to describe permanent art objects that remain in flux via internal operating systems, performative materials, and contextual, environmental, and time-based interventions. View

The object demands attention and carves a direct relationship between artwork, environment, architecture, viewer, curator and collector. Although formally constructed within the frames of minimalism and geometric abstraction, two aesthetic fields often experienced as cool and distant, the Grass Work frames a new organic abstraction – tactile, unruly, needy, warm and wet. View

Magnetic Fields

Defying gravity, the magnetic fields offer surreal metallic landscapes connected with the pulling power of the moon. Thousands of polished steel shafts hover and project from linen membranes, suspending the process of making and presenting art in a state of flux. Cold metal and needle sharp points contrast with the work's seductive beauty and illusion of fragility. In a play of movement, shadow and light, the surface renders impressionist brushstrokes or expressionist gestures. Light plays on the steel, shadows rake and create a fringe on the wall.  Fine hair-like surfaces tempt touch and close inspection, risking a prick to soft skin or poke in the eye. View

Concrete Art

Wall hung and featherweight, the psuedo-concrete block works delve into cultural, metaphysical and structural foundations. Absorbing warmth by day and emitting heat at night, the block grid mimics both the function and form of the ubiquitous concrete block, a standard unit of construction. Precisely carved, compressed and framed, the work adds warmth to a modernist ‘concrete art’ movement which stripped emotion from abstraction and placed it within a context of nation-building ideals. View

Nappy Work

Repeating units of stacked newborn nappies/diapers stretch open in a soft and absorbing monochromatic grid. Estimated to take over 500 years to breakdown in landfill, the 'disposable work' contests art conservation conventions. Hundreds of unused readymade units morph into transactional beingmades which discretely absorb, swell and recede while padding substrates and walls, dampening noise and loading space with meaning. Feelings of vulnerability, nakedness, and memory expand into values-based questions about humanity, culture, conservation and universality. View

Frames

Exterior Frames

Blending portraiture and landscape conventions, the Frames capture, reflect and absorb view and viewer. Where a frame typically outlines, contains and fixes one image, these works offer multiple layered images in constant flux, agnostic as to perspective. Material qualities are hinged to external conditions, creating further shifts in depth, transparency, reflection, shadow and light. View

Interior Frames

Within the containment of architectural space, the interior Frames develop a conceptual structure, and situate the human body, mind and emotions within absorbing and unfamiliar contexts. Initial focus tends towards what appears to be narrowed down or missing, including a defined or complete sense of self. A desire to navigate, prompted by the work, shifts perceptions and brings a wider range of material and formal qualities, and ideas into frame. Dichotomies can become fluid, and a form of release emerge from within the work's formal constraints. View