Paintings | Illustrations
I am an anxious sponge.
I love painting silly serious books and pool noodles and leggings.
I also have a long history of collecting the words, phrases and objects of our consumer culture.
In 1991, I completed a suite of etchings and lithographs as part of my Bachelor of Education in Visual Arts that was inspired by car and panty liner advertising and chockas full of related text and lingo.
My acest-best first job was as a ticket writer, writing little signs for a chocolate company… and I fell in love with type, layout and the ‘look’ and rhythm of words.
I kept making art and wondering how it all sat with my graphic, illustrative tendency and love of advertising and consumerism…but I could never work myself out…who ever does?
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I have a First Class Honours degree in Fine Arts from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Masters in Fine Art from Monash University where I completed a silly big 3 metre square drawing called Power Moai Buns ‘n’ Thighs (shown at Nellie Castan Gallery in 2008) and a dissertation titled ‘Love my Leafblower, Worship my Spartan Sports Power Tower: The Art of Synthetic Ecologies’…
Given that my honours year thesis was titled ‘Too much Stuff: Where does it come from and What to do with it’, I have realised after many years of fluffy business that I love long silly titles and words as much as images.
From 1999-2009, I immersed myself in tight ink drawings of chinoiserie and suburban motifs (for which I was lucky enough to get several art prizes).