The Scientist -A record of action

As a scientist I find it interesting that my physical actions, although fundamental for performing experiments, are never directly recorded. What I do in the laboratory is recorded in a book, the results collated, mused over, compared to previous experiments and finally published for the world to read. The actual actions of scientists, how they…

Inscribed-Impressed

Wood-block print Bed slats and bed sheet The act of migration is accompanied by an immense amount of emotional and physical change. It involves both dislocation from the known and adaptation to the new. Although often bringing a depth of prior knowledge and cultural heritage to the new country, the migrant often feels that they…

Absence and Presence

How do we interact with the objects around us? How do they dictate the way we interact with them? What is our relationship to these objects?  I was thinking of these questions when I produced this work Absence and Presence: The Couch. To explore this interaction I filmed myself reading a book on the couch….

Door to Door

The narrative of walking. 95 annotated photographs I created this artwork by documenting how I get to work and return from work each day. With a timer in one hand and my camera in the other I took a photograph every minute in the direction I was facing. I then scratched into each photograph lines…

Reading between the lines

For a recent drawing project we were asked to consider ‘text’ in art. Text is strongly connected not just to the visual but also the oral. I decided that I wanted to play with the saying: “Reading between the lines.” It occurred to me that politicians, like Tony Abbott are constantly using rote answers to questions…

Removal

I was inspired to attempt a print animation after seeing the work of William Kentridge in the exhibition Drawn from Africa, which is currently touring various Australian galleries. Kentridge has produced a number of animation films which rely on both removing and erasing drawings from paper. I thought that this would be an interesting technique to transfer…

Restriction

Relief prints into wooden drawers, test tubes Lithograph What does it mean to be restricted, to have your movements constantly monitored and controlled? During WWII, following the invasion of the Netherlands by Germany, my grandfather was conscripted by the German government to work in Berlin. Although not physically restricted, his movements were closely monitored and…

Dichotomic Drawing: The Laboratory

I have always found it interesting the way scientists are portrayed in the wider community. When somebody finds out that I work in the lab you can feel yourself being put into a box, or up on a pedestal. The most common comment is “Oh…you must be so smart.” In some circumstances you get the…

An Eight-hour drawing

About two weeks ago I tried something that I hadn’t ever tried before. I sat down for eight hours in front of a mirror and I drew my self-portrait, every 5 minutes (96 in total). I’ve never drawn for eight hours straight and I’ve never drawn myself before. I decided that eight hours would be…