Since graduating from Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) in 2017 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in printmaking, I have continued to develop my practice in linocut carving and investigate its connection with my Torres Strait Islander heritage.
Inspired by my immediate environment of Brisbane, my practice focuses on minute areas of native flora. From these observations I create a diverse range of organic patterns and forms. The relationship I have with the process of carving corresponds to the strength and fluidity of my natural environment, the constant randomness that arises from the directions in which I carve allows newly discovered forms to grow. There is an importance in the connection between the artistic process and myself as the medium, as it allows a new dialogue to come into play.
Being shortlisted and exhibited as part of NATSIAA 2018 provided a significant platform to present my work as an emerging artist. It has contributed to new opportunities, including being represented by Onespace Gallery, invited to participate in Blaklash’s Shared Connections (Brisbane City Council) and ARTNOW FNQ 2019, and an Australia Council grant recipient for the creation of a new collaborative work with Torres Strait Islander printmaker, Brian Robinson.
The current collaborative project between Robinson and I aims to create a visual dialogue that investigates cross-generational stories, experiences and responses while exploring the contrasting carving techniques of male and female Torres Strait Islander printmakers. To live as a contemporary Torres Strait Islander is to belong to a Diaspora, where migration, change, journey and transitions are common themes. Displacement from country can allow new notions of culture and identity to form and I explore identity through carved line as a way to represent story, place, memories and relationships.