For some time now I’ve been making video and photographic work that explores the effects of mega technologies on humans and the environment.
I’ve spent a lot of time in airports, and hanging around places like Pine Gap. Current work about the relationships between technology, atomic landscapes and community has taken me on location to the Polygon in Kazakhstan, Sellafield, Chernobyl, and other key nuclear sites. This has resulted in an art film, video installations and photographic series. My earlier work included large-scale public art projects that often engaged with social history themes.
I always wanted to be an artist, and a journalist as well, and for a couple of years after leaving high school hoped to combine the two careers. I went to night classes at tech after my day job in the library of a city newspaper where I was trying to get a cadetship. But art won out, and when I enrolled in art school full time I knew I was where I really wanted to be. Since then, I’ve often had other jobs, including years of teaching, to make ends meet.
Whether I’m traipsing around with my cameras in some far-off location, not knowing quite what I’ll find, or buried in the studio wrestling a new work into shape, I am constantly struck by the resilience of ordinary people I encounter and the often-troubled beauty of the places they inhabit. I love what I do and can’t imagine ever stopping.
I’ve been a big fan of Viscopy for a long time, and was a board member for 6 years. In the rapidly evolving environment around image reproduction and distribution, it’s important that Viscopy continues to defend artists’ right to have their intentions respected and to be acknowledged and paid for the use of their work.