Parasitosis; They live and invade upon other organisms, all pervasive and indiscriminate in their burden on the primary body leaving it lifeless and destitute of spirit.
"see a treasure pick it up"
In my art practice, I collect bits and pieces. I reinvent, reuse and repurpose these trivial objects. They are easy to pass by, diminished in value as they have no real worthy use and are usually overlooked or discarded in everyday life. I try to elevate them into something great to look at and once again be valued. Textile is a major component of my work. I have spent a lifetime of making, knitting, crocheting and sewing, stitching. All sorts of things, including many sculptural pieces.
"After working as an operating theatre nurse for three years, I decided to take some time out and am pursuing a career in visual art. I have always been creative: knitting (my own designs), sewing, pottery, embroidery and card making. Many years ago, I began to make my own recycled paper; it is a messy but a very rewarding process. Paper fascinates me, so many textures and colours; it appears in much of my work. As sewing and stitching has been a part of my life forever, it was inevitable that it is included in my work.
"Knitting and crocheting were the most common form of textile work in the past and I am now exploring the artistic ways I can use it, in works such as sculptures, felt sculptures and jewellery. I have found peace away from the stress of nursing and have been given the freedom in my mind to be able to think creatively."
reinvented tray, cotton crochet
32 diameter x 5 cm
Judges of the 2015 Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize: Dr Michael Brand (Director of the Art Gallery of NSW), Penelope Seidler AM (Arts Patron and Director of Harry Seidler & Associates) and Barbara Flynn (International Curatorial Advisor).