Selected Solo Exhibitions   •  1981- 2018

Photo/Place/Method
1981

Simulacra Diorama
1982


Natural Histories
1982-84


Invention of Ayers Rock
1996


Signs
1998

Pathetic Manifesto Series
2000

Messiaen at Mt Kiera
2001

Art Realty Show
2002

Vanuatu Series
2003

The Opening
2005

Escarpment
2005

Chronography
2005

Rhizomorphosis
2004

Dreamhomes
2006-7

Meeting of our Elders
2007

Rise
2007
Erosion of Memory
2008

Luscious
2008

Survey Show 1999-2009
2009


Conversation Piece
2009

Great Barrier Reef: From Coral to Coal
2010

Mt Keira Series
2010

Second Love
2010

Lovers: Theory & Practice
2010

coalcliff
Coalcliff Days
2011



Rhizomes & Pandanus
2012

Rhizo-photography
2012

Rhizomes
2012

Rhizomatix
2012

Artist_Nomad Project
2012


Test Results
2015


Currarong Encounters
2015

Biographs
2016

Orpheus Island
2017



Report from the Littoral Zone
2018

 

 

 

Artist Statement

 

My art spans both digital and analog media, often within the same body or series of works. In that sense all my exhibitions can be seen as multimedia installations.

Each exhibition focuses on a theme or issue, usually concerning my local environment such as mangroves, wildlife or coastal urban developments. By combining or layering the unique attributes of digital and analogue media I aim to construct works that embodies the dramatic ironies and competing perspectives of contemporary realities. In turn, each concept demands specific media and technical applications or treatment. Each choice of medium and technical approach solicits a different reading and emotional response from the viewer.

Much of my work is a response to the changing nature of my local rainforest, mangrove and beach environments where I grew up and continue to live. The impacts of rapid urban development, global warming, sea rise and tourism have all been significant concerns in my exhibitions over the last forty years. My paintings, photographs, videos, sculptures, writings and installations often grow out of each other across time and space. The production process is usually highlighted within a work or recorded on video or the web. I prefer low tech solutions and seek to opt for simple practical expressions. In many ways images are built upon fragments of the past, remembered highlights that are projected rather like TV ads or movie trailers.

My exhibitions are condensed audio-visual theatre sets. These gallery table arrangments are intended to be served up and consumed like home delivery meals, or podcasts, then slowly digested at your leisure, upon reflection. This gab 'n run strategy sprouts like a ginger root in a non-linear fashion. Such an approach allows me to develop ideas in a more organic way to reflect how my daily life is experienced as a series of events or experiences. Images, signs, motifs and memories all have a habit of returning like old friends to strike up new relationships.

I often return to re-evaluate ideas and perspectives years later. Some images stay with you and become talismatic or iconic - hooks to anchor experiences to. Art and life (the distinctions grow less clear cut as I get older) inform each other by turns and folds. I tend to work locally and think globally. The politics of global and local life informs my art in practical as well as conceptual directions and productions.