My prints have evolved from a curiosity about the links between the various means we use to communicate ideas. In particular, I am fascinated by the crossovers between the languages and meta-languages of poetry, music and visual art. The interest is not so much in the words, musical notes, or images that combine to form a piece of communication, but rather in the insinuated layer of meaning in which they are embedded, from which these elements crystallize. So my images are often ambiguous, hovering between abstraction and representation.
Recently, I have begun recycling images; by superimposing layers from existing etching plates and/or lino blocks in a new print, or by reworking plates or blocks, sometimes to the point of destruction.
This is the genesis of the Disappearing Voices series; colour etchings, which are made out of a love of the Tasmanian landscape, with an underlying awareness of the transience of life.
Other new prints are a continuation of a project ‘Re-Imagined’, work by four artists made in response to the QVMAG collection. Here I have been inspired by the beauty of surfaces as objects corrode, by the innate tension between restoring an object or an artwork and conserving its history, as shown in its wear and tear, its patina. My prints are also a response to the nature of collecting, in which a plethora of things accumulates in cabinets and on shelves. As well as making completely new works, I have reused my own accumulation of plates and prints in new combinations. A cycle of order to chaos to destruction to renewal. The present arrives from our histories.