Artist in Resident

My Mother: an artisitic exploration

Gathering materials and assembling ideas fro my three week Artist in Residency at the Butter Factory Arts Centre in April/May.



Artist in residence

Assembling materials for a three week artist in residency at The Butter Factory in April.

Brexit: Postcard to Theresa May #1

Recycle, re-use or re-think?

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Yoghurt jar

I’ve realised there’s so much more I could be doing. It’s not that hard. In fact it can be fun thinking up new ways of doing stuff. I’m on a roll.

Here’s one small change that multiplies over the years. Every week I used to buy a 1kg plastic tub of yoghurt. The one-off investment in a yoghurt maker means that I save fifty-two single use plastic containers each year. (There are limits to the number of plastic tubs you can re-use and I reached mine way before fifty-two!)

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Plastic Free July #5



Plastic Free July #2: On Photography

polystyrene flower

I’m a a bit of a purist when it comes to photography, preferring to get my compositions and settings as accurate as possible for the shoot, and keeping post editing to the most basic. “Fake photography” is as pervasive, and just as popular as fake news. Once apon a time a photo had some bonafide status, whereas now we can never be quite sure that a photo is what it proports to be, or know the degree to which it has been tricked up and manipulated post shoot.

When it comes to making art, it’s a completely different story. I can definitely see the artistic possibilties of photo manipulations. So here is my first attempt at using photo editing softwear. It’s a bit rough around the edges and very basic. I now appreciate the skill and talent of those who do amazing complex photo art, but I can’t really see myself going down that path seriously. Already spend too much time on the computer!

This image is on my home page for Plastic Free July, under Polystyrene. There’s Straws, Twine and more to come. However I’m busy in the studio again so July could well have come and gone before I’ve completed the page.

More Straw Art



A diversion whilst preparing for the Expressions Exhibition.

Another Rubbish ‘Strawy’


For some unexplained reason drinking straws predominated the rubbish that I that collected on my walk with the dog on our beach after the recent swell. Time for a straw collage.

The Clock Rings



The Clock Rings: Foyer Parliament House, Canberra

Clocks play a crucial role in Canberra’s Parliament House. There are clocks – more than 2,700 – everywhere, including public areas such as the foyer. The bells installed in the clocks ring for four minutes when a division takes place. This signals that a vote on a bill or contentious issue that can’t be decided on a yea or nay is imminent. MPs stampede. Only four minutes to get to the chamber. Every body counts and is counted; woe-be-tide those who miss the call and find themselves locked out.

Australian Parliament: Divisions

Parliament House Canberra