Once More


Artist Statement


My work explores transience within urban spaces. It attempts to interrogate dichotomies such as construction and destruction, life and death, man made and nature, development and deterioration and the tensions created by these dichotomies. My exploration is an endeavour to understand my reality, my existence. To do this, I found refuge through examining transience and these contradictions.


Paper is central to my practice because of its fragility, it’s everyday usage, it’s recyclability, and because it is one of the most consumable commodities of our time. I make use of it as my primary medium whether it is cut, embossed or sculpted. This choice of medium refers to the fragility of the transient state of our lives and our environment. The more the paper is cut into the more fragile it becomes.


The imagery I use is drawn from my surroundings, mostly referencing construction sites, often in conjunction with natural forms. I have focused on construction because of its brutality and beauty. For me, construction and the processes around it are an apt subject matter to use as metaphor for the complexities of life’s transience. The process (of building) is often far more interesting than the goal or completed work itself, which in this context works as a truism to life.

The Space Between


Artist statement


This work explores my personal view of life within suburban spaces, suburbia being the middle ground between the city and nature and the public and private, the space in between.

Paper is central to my art practice. I make use of it as my primary medium whether it is cut, embossed or folded. This choice of medium refers to the fragility of the suburban ideal and our whimsical notions of perfection and achievement within a societal structure. The more the paper is cut into, the more fragile it becomes.


Pattern is a logical outcome of paper. The two dimensionality of cut paper lends itself to patterning, which I employ as a device for referencing the surfaces of the spaces around me. When patterned foliage, barbed wire, concrete and decorative wall surfaces all begin to speak a common visual language and reference the many facades we create between ourselves (the individual) and the outside world.


Obsession is related to the repetitive nature of the paper-cutting process. The obsessive cutting of the repetitive patterns in my work alludes to the need to control my (our) environment. In order to protect the idea of suburbia we have had to employ extensive security measures, which shut ‘reality’ out.


The cut paper surface alludes to facades, whether real or imagined, that we erect in order to protect our notion of an ideal life.



This body of work was my initial interrogation of suburban ideals. It formed the foundation of the body of work that followed, titled: The Space Between.

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