LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
Born in Australia, I have lived
in New Zealand since 1962. I studied at the School of Fine Arts, University of
Canterbury, and since 1982 I have exhibited in solo and group exhibitions
throughout New Zealand. Since 2016 my paintings have also been shown in New
York, London, Bruges, Milan and Venice. I have been a finalist in several major
art awards, with works sold to private and public collections.
My current body of work explores and questions historic perceptions and expectations of women’s lives.
I have long been concerned about the physical and mental violence endured by women, in all walks of life and in many cultures. It can be domestic or social violence, or “medical misadventure”. Then there is self-inflicted violence. This latter also includes cosmetic surgery, undergone in response to constant peer and social media pressure to conform to unrealistic expectations of female beauty. Violence may leave visible scars – the result of physical abuse, or botched surgery. Mental scarring is not so visible.
In my “Old Bag” series 2015-16, I covered torn and stitched-up wool packs (fadges) with brightly-coloured paint and glitter to discuss how women hide or disguise their scars, pretending the violence is not happening.
But, from 2018, in my new series, “Woman”, I have physically cut into the painted canvases to represent the cuts and slashes that disfigure the cosmetically-disguised female body.
Violence of any description is not OK. These issues need to be brought into the open. Artists have a responsibility and a unique means to do this. As a woman artist who has not only observed, but also experienced physical and mental violence, I own that responsibility.
WHO I AM
A contemporary painter and mixed media artist who depicts the many challenges that women confront.
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