I am a mixed media artist living in Hawera, South Taranaki , New Zealand.
The process of bringing my assemblages and collages together is an intellectual/creative shuffle of found objects (mostly found at local op shops), a process that can take a few weeks to months.
The objects I use have to have a certain essence to them, a life, character for them to be used; it is very much like a chef selecting what to use in a dish; only the best ingredients will do. It’s what makes the work.
Another important part of my process is music. It’s the dance partner to the creative act; it’s also a theme that has been coming through my work in recent works, in the titles and objects used.
I’ve been influenced by the concept of the Ballad which is defined as a poem or song narrating a short story. These works are visual poems/songs, ballads.