I work in 2D and 3D art with a diverse range of media. I have always had an intimate relationship with uku (clay) often collecting directly from nature, which I coined the term “wild clay” in 2004. Working with this indigenous material has provided a fruitful pathway in my art career receiving prestigious art awards.
My ongoing investigation around Material and Visual Culture has influenced my use of discarded materials that link to underlying facts about transforming trash and addressing our extreme wastage. My most recent unconventional art practices involve the use of the forgotten, unwanted, and discarded objects. The work illustrates ways which we can reclaim and integrate everyday materials from the refuse to the world of art. The designs are a hybrid between traditional practices and modern adaptations, and it becomes evident with the materials and process I labour with, and the theoretical meaning behind the art and artefacts.
IMAGE: 2013 Rotorua Artist Awards Winner: Waimangu Volcanic Valley Sustainable Art Award Rotorua Museum New Zealand