Untitled was a live work created at Sydney College of the Arts as part of my Masters work. This work took the duration of 4 days. I spray finely pulped cloth fibres suspended in water through a modified funnel (Hopper spray gun). I invite the viewer to engage directly with the architecture of the interior space through the pulp spray, which is applied onto the structural surfaces. As it is installed the pulp drips and floats off the gallery walls. As with any daydream, this work is fleeting. It lingers for the duration of the exhibition and is then washed away.
Dark Matter series is inspired by the re activity of rough materials against painted mottled concrete, brick and bitumen surfaces that I experience as I traverse the urban landscape here in the inner west. Reflections of sunlight and the sparkling effect of night-lights on water are immersive. These 5 large scale pulp paper works are made from recycled cotton clothing and domestic cloth.
This body of work is an experimental, site-specific installation that explores new ways in which the medium of fiber-pulp can be manipulated across varying surfaces and structures to create open-ended meanings.
In this work, the materiality of physical, auditory and visual geographies is encountered and assembled through haptic experience. These encounters are translated and embodied through the activity of making, involving the transformation of materials through repetitious acts into abstracted surfaces. These surfaces are haunted by the memory of concrete terrains traversed on a daily basis, from an urban realm to the rural landscapes of my past.
The first installation I created for my research project was an external wall at Sydney College of the Arts titled Mini Wall (2015). I began this installation with no preconceived plan. The only prescribed elements were the medium and time frame. This installation was carried out over a period of three weeks. Each day I applied a different layer of pulp spray. The wall had many, varying shadows cast onto it from the surrounding buildings within the SCA campus which became my source for inspiration.
Pulped is a process- driven work which examines the complexities of abstraction and representation through the use of techniques, processes, images, and language drawn from vernacular cultural and prosaic experience. Using pulped, cotton fabrics from old cloths, ‘Pulped’ is a drawing sprayed in layers directly onto the walls of Marrickville Garage.
The narrative that occurs between the reflective nature of the hard mottled surface of the walls, and the contrasting abstract shapes and urgent colours of the soft material, explores the material history of urban life in the inner west.
Letters from the road
This exhibition brings together all my creative obsessions, forming a juxtaposition of textural indulgence, colour and written text all woven together to form “Letters from the Road”.