I am an interdisciplinary, socially engaged artist, working across drawing, printmaking, ceramics, video and installation. I create spaces where audiences are invited to create, perform and interact with others.
My background in social activism means that I develop projects that communicate politically, but are primarily spaces for thinking and instigating dialogue. Although I seek to raise particular questions – for example, regarding the treatment of asylum seekers in Nauru and Manus Island and the global refugee crisis – the works are not prescriptive. For the Connecting Hearts Project, hundreds of ceramic anatomical hearts were produced through artist-led workshops around New South Wales, this haptic process reconnecting participants with a shared sense of humanity.
The human heart is a recurring symbol in my work, representing the binaries of peace and conflict, hope and despair, love and hate. When made by hand, these objects build shared symbolic meanings in a secular multicultural society.
I hold a Bachelor of Fine Art from the National Art School, where I am currently completing a Masters degree. Major installations of my work have been exhibited in Sydney and Canberra. My work is held in US and Australian public and private collections. In February and March 2018 I will be undertaking a collaborative iteration of the project, Moving Hearts, working with Prof Anna Reading and Dr James Bjork from Kings College to run heart making workshops exploring belonging and migration. Installations of the hearts will be shown at Kings and at the UK Museum of Migration.