Newtown Water Seat / From Rain to Sea
Sum yourself up in a sentence:
I am an artist working across different media such as photography, painting and film using a hybrid of documentary and new materialism approaches.
What is your current creative project?
My current project is to use my art to try to focus awareness on the importance of respecting our environment and fellow human beings. I am particularly influenced by the visual nuances of moving water and its surface reflections.
What is the inspiration behind your NAS artwork?
The NAS project was inspired by the beauty of our urban creeks such as Cook River in Steel Park which tends to be undervalued and overlooked. I wanted to try to dispell the negative association of our drains and waterways as being something unworthy as in the expression "gutter politics" or "the language of the gutter" by highlighting the changing patterns of light and shadows of our life-giving rainwater.
What is your next creative project?
My next body of work will be exploring hybrid mediums and aesthetic styles to bridge the gap between aesthetic formalism and issue-based art. I want to explore the social intersections of ecology and equality to see if there are ways to protect our land and water for future generations.
What's flavouring your art right now?
In my documentary photography I am drawn to the intensity of facial expressions during public protests and the fluid qualities of water in urban nature. My painting explores the viscosity of oil paint and is informed by New Materialist approaches to abstraction.
What is your favourite live venue?
My favourite live venue is Black Rose social club on Enmore Road and my favourite watering hole is Lentil As Anything upstairs Mocktail Bar on King Street (after 8pm on friday and saturday nights). Otherwise the Wolf and Honey Bee cafe on Edgeware Road makes a great coffee and has a free DVD library.