Mine is a contemplative art inspired by evolutionary process in language, history, and consciousness. Abstract arrangements convey a sense of flux and transformation. I see this as akin to organisms made up of accumulated layers and traces of decisions. Text-related shapes conjoin and overlap, which to me suggests language too is an organism, with it’s own evolutionary possibilities.
The forms in my paintings evoke human presence, conveyed in essence as a sign or glyph, for really each one of us is a unique glyph flowing in a continuum of presence and language over time. These signifiers are especially apparent in the HYPERGLYPH series, painted with ink on Korean Hanji paper. The painted Hanji is torn and cut into pieces that are playfully shifted around to explore possible compositions, then mounted onto canvas. During this process in the studio the childhood experience of play and being open to chance as an element of creativity is activated.
My main artistic influences are reductive abstraction as well as visual art traditions from the East Asian region such as ink painting, calligraphy, textile dye art, and woodblock prints.
I am a Melbourne based artist, and currently work from my studio at the Hawthorn Arts Centre. I received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from RMIT University in 1994 and later completed a Post Graduate Diploma at Victorian College of the Arts in 2005.
In 2019 I took part in the SUMUK Ink painting residency in Haenam, South Korea and exhibited there also. I has also exhibited widely in Melbourne, my most recent solo exhibition ‘HYPERGLYPH’ was held at Gallery Elysium in Hawthorn. An earlier solo exhibition held in 2020 ‘A Reign of Green – Green Rain House’ at ACAE (Australasian Cultural Art Exchange) was a response to my time on residency in South Korea. I have work in both public and private collections in Australia, Europe and South Korea.