What inspires your art practice?
I work mainly with figurative bronze and steel. They are both very different mediums but have both kept my interest for the past 20 years. With my steel work I draw my inspiration from architecture and nature. I design to challenge myself, often sketching my ideas on paper first. I decide to make the ones which are most difficult to make. With my figurative work I take my inspiration from human nature in a mix of people and traits that both inspire me and frustrate me.
What materials do you work in?
Bronze, steel, stainless steel, Corten steel and copper.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
At the time I designed Organized Chaos I had just completed two projects that took almost eight months of the year. For those eight months my studio looked like a bomb had gone off, steel and rubbish scattered everywhere. Somehow at the end it all came together, inspiring this work, taking chaotic shapes and components and organizing them into shape to complete the sculpture. With Opinion Piece I was thinking about how everyone has an opinion. Some of us keep them to ourselves and some of us are paid to tell them to everyone. My idea behind this work came from noticing the shift from investigative journalism to “opinions”.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
I exhibit with the Black Asterisk gallery in Auckland and the Little River gallery in Canterbury. I have two public works, a figurative bronze in Torbay and a large steel work in Mairangi Bay.