In becoming an artist the course I have taken is perhaps circuitous. Though I create what is accepted as artworks in the traditional understanding it is my interaction with communities that most profoundly informs my art practice. An honours degree in Spanish and Latin American studies, work in factories, restaurants and nursing homes, activism with human rights, environmental and peace organisations, advocacy for refugees and the homeless, creating organic gardens and working as a Spanish teacher in schools all formed a deliberate course of exposure to diverse people and activities while studying visual arts part time. I consider these seminal to my current action focussed arts practice.
Early exposure to the writings of Gandhi and Tagore, Indian epics and a fascination with natural history germinated what has become an abiding affection for India. In 2006 I became a full time artist and in 2007 left Australia to pursue this career in India. I studied Hindi and developed a committed arts practice using painting, large scale drawing, ephemeral public art and to a lesser extent, video and sculpture, all underpinned by portraiture as a vehicle for linking myself to new communities.
My relationship with India has progressed over many years and has been a constant source of inspiration and reflection on how and why this deep affection for a culture and country has persisted. Interrogating this connection offers the opportunity to understand myself more profoundly. There seem to be many unresolved quests within this attraction to India: on a personal level a desire to find a place of acceptance; a desire to connect to others and beyond the personal: a desire to expand linkages; to repair rifts between diverse communities and make a bold public statement championing the value of the small, the sensitive and the other.
Through confronting these inner quests it is hoped that my work can empty itself of any didacticism and explore as Anish Kapoor says an unknown place which in turn allows a viewer the ultimate opportunity for engagement with a work.
Upcoming Exhibitions & Events
September 14, 2012 8:00 am –
September 14, 2020 5:00 pm