The Earth's geological fabric, the ground beneath our feet that sustains us all, underpins my arts practice.
Fieldwork underpins an interdisciplinary practice that investigate relationships between physical and human geographies - locally, globally, socially, economically, politically, ecologically, materially, historically, intimately, remotely, conceptually, spiritually, critically and playfully.
My hybrid approach probes our collective dependence on natural resources – minerals, plants, water - and the global quest to meet rising demand. Works often incorporate discarded materials, especially textile and paper-based products.
Promised Land, 2001 Perth International Arts Festival, included 800 shopping bags – each one a recycled map - installed to echo an archive or retail display. Over my shoulder, 2006, PICA, included 170m2 of 'tiling' using discarded aerial photographs of arid WA. Suspended drinking vessels containing water and earth samples lamented the wasting effects of drought. In Earth matters, 2008, Turner Galleries, drilling patterns were referenced using scientific and industrial geological waste, while the inside circumference of a roll of flagging tape functioned as metaphor for lenses, drill bits, mine shafts, bores, wells.
Large projects are supported by volunteers, CSIRO, DMP, National Library, Oil Mallee Association and State Salinity Council.