Hello and welcome ...
In this space, I share some ideas about my practices, research and development in art making. I reflect upon my emerging commitment to honouring the roles of art making and art viewing as creative processes for personal and community healing, wellbeing and fulfilment.
Art making is the new activism
I have traditionally relied on words to tell stories which cast fresh light on old concerns. These days, I work and play with images to find and tell my stories. I do this for myself, and also to move other people's hearts and minds so they might see the world with renewed understanding. Much learning arises from drawing and creating images in media as diverse as water colour, oil and gel crayons, soft pastels, clay ... in fact, any media that is malleable, including river water, sand and grasses.
marks is the area where I show my scratchings, scribblings, shadings, daubings and splatters. During 2015-2016, my main media were charcoal, graphite, white chalk and ink (black and sepia). More recently, I am investigating the materiality and impacts of diverse media, including water colour paints, oil and gel pastels, soft pastels, clay, and found objects. In developing my own 'visual language', I am influenced by Japanese art including calligraphy, and along with the works of Lee Ufan, Georgia Keeffe, and David Hockney.
Falling, twisting, turning
Visual arts images of people with disability and disabling conditions can be potent for the stories they reveal about their times, society, cultural attitudes, and of course, themselves. However, finding images of disability - historically and contemporaneously - in the visual arts is difficult. What is the role of museums, galleries and other public spaces here? And why does this question matter?