What inspires your art practice?
I love making sculpture from wood. The bigger the better. It’s heavy, hard to move, you get covered in dust, your body aches and if you make a mistake you have to live with it. Before any of that madness happens I have to get the ideas out of my head and onto paper or into a maquette. It’s only then that I can really tell if I have something I might be happy with. If the composition is good, if its complex enough to make it interesting and the scale is right, then other factors like truth to materials help decide what a final finish might be. If it’s right, it will push the sculpture out of the ordinary.
What materials do you work in?
Mostly wood at the moment.
Briefly describe your artwork for NZ Sculpture OnShore 2018.
This work is part of an exploration of how you can get something that is a repeated shape to become more than the sum of its parts.The simple Y shape which is the main component of this sculpture, is quintessentially a gumtree but to make it more than that is the challenge.Colour, scale, form and composition are what I use to help me expand on what a standard shape might be formed into.
Where are the public most likely to see your artworks outside of NZ Sculpture OnShore?
Mostly in Sydney, Australia. As public works.