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EXHIBITION OPEN!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

Today is the opening of 'TASMAN' and exhibition by myself and collaborator Anne Fehres. The works are created out of a variety of eclectic resources from 90s pop culture, internet iconography, stock photography, historical archives and personal images. Each piece in the exhibition consists of hundreds of individual images that have been digitally brought together and later added to with a variety of manual techniques. What emerges from this approach, is a mythology that is full of contradictions and new interpretations, where Abel Tasman remains just as unknowable as ever.

TASMAN - Exhibition 18th September, Concordia Enschede

Monday, August 31, 2020

On the 18th of September I have a new solo exhibition opening in Enschede in The Netherlands. The exhibition, produced with Dutch artist Anne Fehres, is based upon the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman. This project stems from our shared interest in this figure and our shared history, as this Dutch man 'discovered' Tasmania in 1642 and this is the island where I grew up. 

The works included in the exhibition will be a combination of digitally printed collages and manual techniques.

Searching for Abel Tasman

Monday, August 17, 2020

Currently I am part of the Artist Residency Enschede program (ARE), working in Enschede, The Netherlands. During this residency, I will be working with my collaborator Anne Fehres on a project titled Tasman. The project is a visual exploration through textile works, which use the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman as a conceptual starting point. 

Talk To Me - Project Opening on Pampus Island, The Netherlands

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Over the weekend Anne Fehres and I opened our latest project 'Talk To Me' as part of the exhibition for Het Klimaatmuseum on Fort Island Pampus in The Netherlands.

‘Talk To Me’, is a humorous and thoughtful sound project which aims to explore the possibility for Human communication with the ‘Other Than Human’. It does so through the creation of various absurdist, fictional dialogues with objects/entities.


For the exhibition on Pampus Island we created fictional dialogues with three natural objects on the island - a tree, stone and grass blade. The interactive sound installation takes the audience on a journey through each object's life. The story of each object offers an examination of the human condition, ultimately touching on the basic things that make us who we are and encourage a greater imagination towards the earthly objects all around us.

The audio from this exhibition can be found below.

Talk To Me - Opening 15th August, Pampus Island, The Netherlands

Saturday, August 08, 2020

Over the past weeks, I, alongside my collaborator Anne Fehres, have been working on an audio project titled 'Talk To Me' for Het Klimaatmuseum. This project will be opened on Pampus Island, in The Netherlands in the coming week. 'Talk To Me' presents three fictional conversations with objects on this island. Through listening and actively engaging with the conversations presented, this project aims to encourage new perspectives and help build a greater consideration of the natural world around us.

Selection for ARE Holland Residency Program

Thursday, August 06, 2020

During July, August and September I will be working at Artist Residency Enschede (ARE), working on a variety of new textile works. These works will be based on Abel Tasman, the Dutch explorer who was the first European to set foot on Tasmania. The results of the residency will be exhibited in the gallery 'Concordia', in Enschede at the end of the residency period.

ART ON AN ISLAND

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

In August, a new project titled 'Talk To Me' will be exhibited on the Pampus, an island off Amsterdam in The Netherlands. Talk To Me is a sound installation that gives nature on Pampus a voice. What does a tree, stone or blade of grass have to say? Absurd sounds and fictional dialogues make us think about a different, more sustainable world.

News From Home Newspaper - COMING SOON!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Soon my ongoing documentary project News From Home will have a publication. This project, which has taken place in 7 countries to date, will soon be published in a limited-edition 16 page newspaper. I have dedicated much of the past two years to this project and I am excited to give it a new audience and share its stories further. The final touches are being put on the newspaper now, with the distribution to be announced in the coming weeks. To find out more you can head to the project's Instagram page.

I am in a short documentary talking about my project Solidarity Sky

Monday, June 15, 2020

I was recently part of a short documentary where alongside my co-creator Anne Fehres I talked about one of my lastest project - Solidarity Sky. In the clip I talk about the inspiration for this project , how it came about and also what I hope to achieve with it.

New Textile Works - Thanks to Arts Tasmania Funding

Sunday, June 07, 2020

With assisstance from Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts, I have been able to purchase a variety of textile materials to experiment with. This was as part of The Vita Brown Bequest Bursary.

 

I have been really pleased with the new forms that are starting to appear and the new directions this is pushing my practice. I have been
particularly focusing on experiments with the Japanese practice of ‘boro’. Boro, meaning 'tattered', is the practice of repairing clothes/futons by sewing small pieces of scrap fabric over holes. The results of this experiments will be seen soon!

News From Home - Pardubice

Sunday, May 31, 2020

The seventh edition of ‘News From Home’ has just been completed. It took place in Pardubice in The Czech Republic, during May 2020.

During this period we travelled to this community virtually, creating works based on Pardubice as seen through ‘online spaces’. This postcard records this exploration, showing four scenes captured by the artists during a tour of the town through Google Earth.

This work raises the question: is a postcard created without ever visiting a place any less authentic than one created there but only showing it’s idyllic side? It is questions such as this that capture the aim of this project, to encourage alternative stories and representations of communities.

The four main works from the residency will be released in the coming days.

NEW PROJECT - Solidarity Sky

Saturday, May 30, 2020

I was able to secure funding from Stroom Den Haag (The Netherlands) this month, to help support the online project Solidarity Sky. Created in collaboration with Dutch artist Anne Fehres, this is a virtual community driven artwork with the aim of bringing people together through sharing personal images of the sky. On the website, users are invited to become the artist in this project, contributing their own ‘piece of sky’ that will join a larger ‘virtual sky’ made up of thousands of images from across the world.

This project is inspired by Anne Frank who, while in hiding from prosecution at the age of 13, wrote in her diary: I looked out of the open window...over all the roofs and on to the horizon, which was such a pale blue that it was hard to see the dividing line. "As long as this exists" I thought, "and I may live to see it, this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts, I cannot be unhappy"

What she captures in this quote is the power of the sky, despite circumstances, to hold our hopes, dreams and desires. Solidarity Sky aims to build on this sentiment. It intends to encourage creative participation, unite people across real and imagined borders and foster hope through shared visions of something we all hold common – the sky above our heads

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