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THE AWARD-WINNING, ESTABLISHED
VISUAL ARTIST SPOKE TO LOTL.
When and how did the artist in you
I’ve always made things for as long as
I remember. When I was about 7 I was
obsessed with my dad’s tool shed where I
would spend hours making little inventions
to add to my scooter. I studied crafts at
school, photography at tech and then
glass and ceramics at Sydney College of
the Arts. My parents have always been
extremely supportive of my arts career.
What have been the high points for you
as an artist?
Every time I’m employed! No seriously,
I’ve been given some great opportunities
to design some fun artworks for public
spaces and probably I feel most proud
of Coral’s Poolside Cocktail @ Cook
and Phillip Park Aquatic Centre, Vera’s
Watergarden @ The Entrance, NSW and
Liverpool Pop Art Fountain in Liverpool
NSW. I’ve been involved with creating
many floats and costumed walking
groups for Mardi Gras parade since 1989
and I was a MG workshop artist from
1990-92. Probably the most fun groups to
design and coordinate were The Bloody
Marys (tampons against GST) and Camp
Lamp. The most memorable costume,
Cowdyke (pictured), is now in the
Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
You’ve worked on several notable
I love working on films and TV as I get
to be part of a team which fuels my mind
creatively. I’m part of the Art Dept. and
usually my position is prop buyer/dresser.
However, there are times when a hero
prop or an artistic element is required for
the set and it can’t be bought so with my
skills I’m able to make it. I’ve made props
for Muriel’s Wedding, Priscilla, Babe and
Tell us about Art and About.
For City of Sydney’s 2005 Art and About
Program I will be creating a large Public
Art Installation for Customs House Square.
The project relies heavily on community
involvement, is site specific and relates
to the history of Customs House. Two
bamboo boats will be constructed on site
and embellished with images and stories
of travel, immigration and homeland. The
community is invited to come down to
Customs House and paint their stories onto
thongs that will then become part of the
installation. We have 3000 thongs to paint
so anyone can join in and be part of this
project between October 8-16.
From where do you draw your creative
I get inspiration from lots of things. If I’m
creating my own work then it is usually
plants and nature, tribal artifacts and
sometimes just everyday objects as they
may be the right shape or form for what I
am making. If I am employed on an event
or public art project I usually have a brief
that I work to and depending on the site
that may influence the final design.
How do you relax?
Camping in the bush with no other tent in
How would you describe your hands?
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