“Art was always to me a means of getting in contact with another world… you could never see that other world and were never told about it, but art seemed to always be kind of touching it.”
– Sidney Nolan (7.30 Report ABC TV 1992)
I am an observer. I take photographs of things which intrigue me. I then explore these images and my response to them.
Photographs redirect my thought process. The image is extracted from its’ natural place, and is transposed into another location, where this redirection of thought commences. The photograph arrests a moment in time and enables me to explore and experience this image which does not change, yet where ironically, my response often does.
My early work focused on the water vortex, in which I extended the photographic process into more sculptural forms. I have a strong connection with water, and am continuing the exploration of this subject. I am also venturing along other threads; one being abstracts, and the other of photographs taken whilst travelling around Australia, and examining the interrelationship between the verandah space and one’s family history.
I am interested in experimenting with the expression of my images through different media. My images have been laminated into glass and I have printed them on to fabric. I love prints on beautiful papers, but am not constrained by the notion that a photograph should be printed and framed. I am currently making artist books which are a more tactile and intimate way to interact with my images.
An important part of my process is to print my images myself in my studio. The tactile quality of handling the print is very much a part of my creative process.
“At the root of creativity is an impulse to understand, to make sense of random and often unrelated details. For me, photography provides an intersection of time, space, light and emotional stance. One needs to be still enough, observant enough and aware enough to recognize the life of the materials, to be able to ‘hear through the eyes.”
– Paul Caponigro