My practice encompasses painting, writing, curating and collaborating and is underpinned by the idea of landscape and its connection to power structures, modes of self-formation and identity. In a move from the unbounded landscape to the delineated, my new paintings represent the familiar and strange space of my empty backyard. This emptiness speaks to the reciprocity and complexity of the space—at once holding feelings of home and nostalgia together with feelings of discontent and disconnection through borders and broken relationships to land.
My colour palette draws on the blues and greens of the post-war fibro houses that populate the Western Sydney suburb in which I live. The colours are a locating device, creating a sense of intimacy and comfort that is representative of the modes of life that arise within and in relation to the backyard.
I completed my PhD in Australian painting in 2015 and have written independently for exhibition catalogues, Eyeline Contemporary Visual Arts Magazine, and Australian Art Collector. I have recently held solo exhibitions at Penrith Regional Gallery, Galerie pompom, Alexandra Lawson Gallery and Broken Hill Regional Gallery. In 2017 I co-curated the exhibition Landing Points: Race, Place and Identity with Dr Lee-Anne Hall at Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest. In 2018 I exhibited in the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, the Paddington Art Prize and the Grace Cossington Smith Art Award. In 2019 I will exhibit new works in the group show 1919 at Galerie pompom, and the touring exhibition Legacy: Reflections on Mabo, co-curated by Gail Mabo and Jonathan McBurnie.
I acknowledge the Darug Nation and people as traditional custodians of the unceded land on which I live and work, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Peoples of Australia. I wish to pay my respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and to continue to educate myself on the history of this place I live.