A sculpture should not only capture your attention, it should also tell a story. For me it is the joie de vivre, or the joy of living, that is my greatest inspiration. It starts with imagery of personal experiences, feelings and memories, as a daughter, a mother and as a woman.
I want to channel my memories and emotions into sculptural forms. I embark on a journey to capture the essence of the figure - focusing on behaviour, stance and character.
My themes are universal. It is the celebration of human experience, emotion and connection.
My story starts from humble beginnings on a farm in New Zealand - the land of the free thinker | have a go sort of place.
I do think being a New Zealander gives you a resourceful, wholesome view on the world and way of doing things. One is braver, more concise and less bound in by convention.
My father was a farmer and my mother was constantly working with her hands, so I grew up making – always. For me, my sculptures layered with textile finishings, create an immediate sensory connection of remembrance, of family.
It was here I developed a love for nature, creativity and resourcefulness. My childhood provides inspiration for my work, channelling my memories and emotions, into sculptural forms, I also love to find the beauty in forgotten treasures - entwining something once devalued, old and imperfect into a bespoke piece of art.
After leaving home my love of art deepened with many years researching and admiring art working in Europe as a tour manager. In 2001, I complimented my personal education studying art history at the university of Queensland, Australia.
Following this, I undertook a decade-long journey of academic art education, including art and design study at the prestigious Central St Martins College in London, as well as continued independent study and organic experimentation.
I love telling a story, through a sculpture’s personality and character. From the expression of their figure and natural curves, to their face, stance and movement. My passion is in evidence in my art and has always represented my slightly quirky and humorous spirit vision of life.
I want my sculptures to connect and trigger reflection with the viewer. By using universal themes, I tell the story of the beautiful and the strong, the wise and the naïve, the hesitant and the brave, and the loved.