My artistic practice is deeply inspired by the natural world, this is explored through a cross disciplinary practice of painting, sculpture and drawing.
Originally from the UK I now live and work as an artist in Australia. Since living in this ancient land I have become extremely drawn to the native seed pods of Australia, and they have become a central theme in my work. Not only do they house and protect the multitude of new life, they also symbolise nature’s continuous renewal and growth. Our natural world is an endless flow of life coming into form, moving through form and leaving form.
My work naturally references the early western explores and botanists, who documented nature practically and objectively, but failed to reflect and represent the unfathomable complexity and depth of our natural world, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Instead I use the teachings and philosophies of our shamanic cultures to explore a deeper connection with my natural surroundings. Working with these concepts allows my practice to explore both the form and the formless intelligence present in nature. No matter what is removed there will always be another layer of truth waiting to be revealed.
My practice as an artist is an attempt to get back to a communion with nature, back to a knowledge and respect for our environment that our ancestors knew and that we have forgotten. Only through a deeper communication with our surroundings can we find our way back to our true being, one that sees us part of an ever-changing landscape of the form and the formless.
1986 Cotswolds, UK
2005-08 BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture Cardiff School of Art & Design, UK
2004-05 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Stroud College, UK
2017 Works in progress, OTR Gallery, Grampians, Australia
2017 Nothing Lost, West End Art Space Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017 Pathways, St.Michael's Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017 Musings of a Journey Man, Yering Station Gallery, Australia
2017 Form-Formless, Tacit Contemporary Art Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2016 Trinity, Stroud house Gallery, UK
2017 Sculpture Award 2017, Yering Station/Yarra Valley, Australia
2017 Behind the Scenes, Gasworks art park Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2017 The Other Art Fair, Melbourne, Australia
2016 Australia Wild, Sherbrooke Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2016 Albert Park Art Show 2016, Australia
2016 The Sacred, Aberglasney House Gallery, Wales
2017 Winner of Contemporary Sculptor's Association Award, Bonanza, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Australia
2016 Highly Commended Traditional Botanical, Australia wild, Sherbrooke Gallery, Australia
2017 ‘Off the Rails’ artist in residence (three weeks), Dunkeld, Australia
2008-14 Production Manager and collaborating artist at Tom Price Studios, UK
2017 ABC South West Radio, Interview with Emily Bissland
2017 ArtsHub online Article
2016 Art Reveal Magazine, UK
2016 Sacred Art, BBC online, UK