I studied photography at undergraduate and post graduate levels at the Victorian College for the Arts in the 1990’s.
I had trained and worked as a preservation photographer within the public collections of the State Library and Museum of Victoria where photography was contextualised as a material and collective reflection of social and cultural history. After art school I joined in the artist run collective movement and began curating small thematically linked exhibitions.These formative experiences continue to influence the work I make and how I like to show it. I have curated and contributed to exhibitions around the themes of the small, the vernacular and the local. In 2012 I curated an exhibition at the Colour Factory Gallery called ‘Unearthly Garden’. This show included new works I had made alongside those of 5 other photographers who each examine the cultural imperatives of the garden in different ways.
I use photography to contemplate on the material world that surrounds me. The material culture of our everyday life reflects our collective and personal attempts to interpret and make sense of the world we live in. A full expression of the anxiety, joy and ridiculousness of being human is articulated in the material environments we construct and inhabit.
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