The Endlessly Searching series are intaglio prints using predominantly aquatint. These three works were exhibited in my solo exhibition Hidden, Unseen, Unknown in 2013 and were again exhibited in the River Studios Window Walk as part of the Craft Cubed festival in 2018.
Lost is inspired by the world below in the deep sea. It explores the theme of unconventional beauty and the irrational fears of the abyss that are ever present in the human psyche. I have tried to capture the anxiety people tend to feel with the hidden, the unseen and the unknown. I aim to raise awareness of these bizarre ocean creatures and try to make others realise their impact on this unique environment. In Lost the jellyfish appears to be caught in the watery mass seeping from the rocks below, swirling without control. Mesmerisingly still, yet turbulent.
The Adrift series was made specifically for my solo exhibition Hidden, Unseen, Unknown in October 2013 at the Kingston Arts Centre G3 Artspace in Melbourne. They are intaglio prints on cotton rag paper. They are made using predominantly aquatint and etching techniques. They are both 24 x 24 cm (image size) and are both editions of 10.
The idea behind the Adrift series was to embody the exact meaning behind the title, to relay an exact emotion I was feeling at the time, a feeling of floating without control, of feeling as though you’re lacking aim, direction and stability. The directional marks in the background of Adrift are used to emphasise this state of feeling.
Adrift II aims to have the feeling of slow movement. This work was made with the idea to display a feeling of being anchored and yet at the same time a sense of floating and moving with a lack of control, yet not helplessly but serenely.
Here is a preview of my etching Beginning that will be in the Impressions exhibition at the Australian Print Workshop. The exhibition opens on Friday the 30th of November from 6-8pm and the exhibition continues until the 2nd of February 2013.
The Lurking Series consist of two intaglio prints made during my Honours year at RMIT University in Melbourne. They have been shown in a number of exhibitions in 2011 including the Rick Amor Print Prize at Montsalvat, the Honours Endowment Travelling Scholarship Exhibition at RMIT School of Art Gallery and at Stop Press at Carbon Black Gallery. More recently they were shown at the Annual Printmaking Award exhibition at Oak Hill Gallery in Mornington.
The lure of the South was made during my Honours degree at RMIT University as part of an international exchange portfolio with the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. We did a large edition of 38 and the edition was swapped between all participants in the exchange portfolio. I have a beautiful set of prints from this folio. There were two requirements for this portfolio print, the first was that it had to be a final size of A4 (mine starts being A4 and opens up to reveal the creatures within). The second was that it related to the theme of North/ South. This print is an intaglio print on rag paper and its size is 59 x 21cm.