I am a Hobart based emerging artist who is quickly gaining a reputation for my work; winning the People’s choice award in the 2018 Artentwine Biennial, finalist in the 2018 Tom Bass prize for figurative sculpture, 2018 & 2019 Contemporary Art Award Australia and 2016 Brighton Jetty Prize. I predominately work using oil based clay and then in bronze once the sculpture is cast; this technique demonstrates my creative and technical abilities, building on the finely detailed and high quality craftsmanship I have developed over years of refining my skills as a goldsmith jeweller.
In 2016 I studied human anatomy under world renown sculptors Andrew Crawse, Randy Bowen and Mark Newman in Nevada, USA. Working closely with artists I have long admired provided a unique opportunity for me to consolidate and build on my skills, and really gain a true appreciation of the intricateness and complexities of the human form. In 2018 I furthered my knowledge of human Anatomy, attending an intensive anatomy sculpture course in Victoria by visiting Florentine sculptor and art historian Jason Arkles; learning invaluable insight to human anatomy, artistic technique and the history attached to it.
My sculptures wrestle with the notion of time, and the constraints and stereotypical perception of the mind and body deterioration associated with the aging body. I look to explore how the impulsive thoughts, and unpredictable movements of youth can be illustrated in the aging body. There is a universal fear, and uncomfortable silence surrounding concepts such as the natural aging process, and scenes that challenge societal norms. I would like my work to lead to a re-evaluation of common misconceptions and prejudices associated with growing old and life’s more awkward moments.
Figurative Bronze is a traditional medium, that I feel has been stuck in a dictatorship of controlled perfection and expectations that I feel have been influenced by the need to achieve societies beauty standards. Customarily, bronze figures are graceful, elegant, and youthful or completely abstract in form. I want to challenge this thought process, by showing the natural aging process, and the unexpected beauty behind it.