I am an artist with an unusual pathway to the creative.
I grew up in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with some 17 years immersed in the Melanesian aesthetic and islander artistic traditions. This aesthetic, what I loosely call representative symbolism, has had a profound effect on my practice. I draw on this experience in much of my work.
I am a very strong advocate for the discovery of art in our everyday spaces and hence a supporter “art in public spaces” as a method of exhibition and conversation with others. In addition I like to use the materials of the everyday as both the vehicle for visual conversations and (as the tagline suggests) through creative transformation encourage the viewer to seeks creativity in the everyday.
I undertake private commissions and actively seek to exhibit my work in public spaces.
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