Artist working in River Studios
What appealed to you most about your studio space when you first saw it?
Having a space was the most important thing. Having a space that is accessible 24/7 is very important to me. Its cave like but that keeps that noise level down.
How have you made this space your own?
A difficult question - I concentrate more on the work than on the space itself. I make it more to my liking with extra lighting and places to hang my tools.
What do you create or make in your studio?
I am currently focusing on industrial art form - Bunnings, Mitre 10, car yards and op shops are my art supply stores - I create multi-media pieces that reflect on post-industrial urban environments as metaphors of change and perception of use.
What is your favourite item in your studio at the moment (or in the whole building)?
I like the metal fire escape. A great place to look out over the industrial landscape surrounding River Studios.
“I am a self-taught artist, an unusual pathway to the creative. I grew up in the west pacific (Papua New Guinea mostly) with some 17 years immersed in the Melanesian aesthetic and artistic traditions. This aesthetic, what I loosely call representative symbolism, has had a profound effect on my practice. I draw on this experience in much of my work.
“I am an advocate for the discovery of art in our everyday spaces and hence a supporter ‘art in public spaces’ as a method of exhibition and conversation with others. In addition I like to use the materials of the everyday (particularly industrial materials) as both the vehicle for visual conversations and through creative transformation encourage the viewer to seek creativity in the everyday. I undertake private commissions and actively seek to exhibit my work in public spaces.”