My studio is on acreage in NSW, surrounded by bushland and not far from the coast.
My electric kiln is powered by both grid and solar power. I drive an EV. A large solar array, designed by my father tracks the sun as it moves across the sky providing green power to charge my car and support firing my kiln. Plans are underway to add more solar cells on the roof and install batteries. A 30,000 litre water tank aids in mitigating drought and fire risks and keeps all our trees and garden surviving in times of low rainfall.
Ideas for new artwork mostly begin with the experiential, the moving about and exploring of a natural space by walking, listening, observing.
This being-in-the -world' experience of natural places inspires research of linked narratives that explore the associated culture, history and science of place.
I look for stories about connection between the everyday existence of our daily lives and the natural world we inhabit.
In the words of art critic, Germano Celant what interests me...is the discovery, the exposition, the insurrection of the magic and the marvellous value of natural elements. Like an organism of simple structure, the artist mixes himself with the environment...he enlarges his threshold of things.
Germano Celant, Art Povera (New York: Praeger, 1969)
Clay Intersections Story, The Australian Design Centre.
Courtesy of Mu Gallery, Coast Exhibition.
Art Edit Magazine, Issue 29 Feature, 2021