I am a ceramicist/artist/designer from Melbourne, Australia. I am inspired by various obsessions with popular culture, iconography and the Australian identity. In my artwork, I investigate the creation of cultural, national and social identity through the broad use of the narrative.
Presently, my sculptures use human-sized ceramic animal heads combined with found objects to examine cultural identity rituals and symbols. I am inspired by the social aspects of sport – specifically observation of others tailgating in Bloomington and the experience I’ve lived as an off-again, on-again sports fan in Melbourne, Australia. The active social rituals of sport are what draw me to it, beyond a basic admiration and identification with the sports team. I interpret a devotional experience of human bonding in repetitive community rituals like barbecuing, drinking, attending games, singing team songs and discussing tactics post-match.
The sounds emanating from the sculpture Wolf Head were recorded during an American Football tailgating event. These sounds are human, creating an analogy between animals howling to locate themselves or communicate with others and humans expressing pleasure through their communication with each other. The ambiguity between these sounds of joy and a sound of loneliness or fear is a site for exploration in my work.