ARTIST STATEMENT:

 

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.

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. This investigation into nature’s unfathomable depths and its vastness are mirrored in our myths and storytelling about our land, and I choose to make this a focal point for my work.

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.

 

ARTIST CV:

Born

1986   Cotswolds, UK

Education

2005-08   BA (Hons) Fine Art: Sculpture Cardiff School of Art & Design, UK

2004-05   Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Stroud College, UK

Solo Exhibitions

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 

Exhibitions

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

Awards

2017    Winner of Contemporary Sculptor's Association Award, Bonanza, Yarra Sculpture Gallery, Australia

2016   Highly Commended Traditional Botanical, Australia wild, Sherbrooke Gallery, Australia

Artist Residency

2017   ‘Off the Rails’ artist in residence (three weeks), Dunkeld, Australia

Employment

2008-14   Production Manager and collaborating artist at Tom Price Studios, UK

Press

2017    ABC South West Radio, Interview with Emily Bissland

2017    ArtsHub online Article

2016   Art Reveal Magazine, UK

2016   Sacred Art, BBC online, UK