Part of MANIFEST at the Australian Ceramics Triennale, Hobart, 2019
I am fascinated with apparently simple concepts that expose a deeper reality underneath. One of these concepts is entropy, disorder or randomness, which only ever increases in the world. It may sound negative yet entropy is essential for the stars to shine or life to thrive and grow.
I apply the ideas of entropy to explore the border and shared space of order, chaos, function, asymmetry and beauty. I create something that seeks to be all of these things at the same time, evolving and changing in front of you.
Here, a discarded utilitarian vase provides the start of Entropy. At each step the vessel is changed by cutting, rearranging or breaking part of its surface. I let variations in the process guide the narration of the series allowing new forms to manifest themselves. Two types of porcelain, coral hued and bare, mirror the evolution from its original form.
This process of destruction and building up creates a form that is simultaneously fragile, robust, complex and simple. This inherent contrariness demands questioning and defies simple categorisation.
Part of Fluid State at Gallery Central, Perth, 2018
I am fascinated by the process of evolution where the world transforms in a gradual, almost deliberate way. Somehow random changes and disorder are essential for gaining complexity and order.
This series reflects upon what it means to be living in an evolving world with a dynamic interplay between chaos and order, destruction and creation.
I break forms, add chaos and reassemble. This process of destruction and building up cooperates to create new forms. The transformation is in the shape, in the surface, the outside and the inside. It creates fragility and complexity, reminiscent of geographies and evoking contemplation.
By applying an evolution like process to a simple form, what interesting complex shapes will emerge in the in-between?
Photo credit Bo Wong
Part of the Sculpture Walk at Heathcote Gallery, Applecross WA, 2016.
This installation explored the fragility of the human mind. Beliefs seen from different angles in context and culture - when is behaviour normal and when is it a mental illness? Hundred mind shapes are placed in different orientations given by a mathematical pattern that is a mix of order and continual change - like the human mind. It is a creation from a single zoomorphic shape, expanded to display organic unity.
Part of CAAWA selective exhibition at Heathcote Gallery, Applecross WA, 2015.
What happens at the boundary between order and chaos, control and disarray, calm and frenzy? These TILT bowls are arranged in a pattern in between order and randomness. Roger Penrose, a mathematician, designed a mosaic that never repeats. Close by there is order but further away everything is random, a perfect mix of order and continual change.