These works represent a broad range of subject matter, approaches, styles and media including painting, photomedia, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design, documented forms, textiles and fibre, ceramics, time-based forms and collections of works.
Title: Portraits of Mullum
Statement: A community of eccentric individuals thriving within my home town: Mullumbimby. A haven for self expression that nurtured my exploration of creativity. My works take form through the use of white charcoal on black paper - a medium that’s allowed me to capture, through structural realism, the beauty within individuals.
Title: Growing Pains
Statement: My Body of Work represents me at different stages of life and objects from my childhood that hold a special place in my heart and have grown older with me. These drawings have been created using a range of different grade pencils on paper to achieve a realistic effect.
Title: Birds of a Feather
Statement: My work represents how I would see Australian bird species if they were human. Each image represents a specific stereotype, whether it’s a tradie, a stand up comedian, a person who works out, fashionistas or a party goer. I combined my interest and skills in drawing, photography and multimedia to produce this Body of Work.
Statement: Paper, cardboard, wood, polymer clay, wire, plastic and found objects are all used in my Major Work which was inspired by my interest in historical disasters and their recurrence. I have recontextualised traditional artworks, contemporary media and included found objects as inspired by my artist of influence, Joseph Cornell, into six windows of world history, past and present. Each window alludes to the interconnectedness of worldly events through history.
Title: Tender Recollections
Statement: My Body of Work, Tender Recollections explores the connection we have with different places in our lives, and the nostalgic experience of returning to them. Inspired by the works of Claude Monet and Joseph Cornell, in each box, I encapsulate the memories I have of an important location in my own life, sharing both its physical and intangible qualities. Through the use of traditional embroidery techniques, combined with collage and found objects, I am conveying the essence of a place. This allows the viewer to not only share in my memories and experiences, but also connect with their own.
Title: Liam Cia Tuanbia (Faded Memories)
Statement: My Body of Work, Liam Cia Tuanbia (Faded Memories) conveys recollections of my family's journey as refugees through the savage jungle to reach my father and safety. My ceramic forms are physical representations of the memories conveyed to me by my mother and my own memories as a young child of the wild inhospitable jungle we hid in as a young family to escape my war ravaged home. The bleached and fading white ceramics are inspired by my artist of influence, ceramicist Cristina Tofino, and the stylised organic forms reminiscent of the naïve foliage as influenced by my second artist of influence, Henri Rousseau in The Dream, 1910. I have used clay, modelling clay, acrylic paint, wire and wood in my Major Work.
Title: Playing House
Statement: My Major Work is representative of the four houses I have lived in as a child. Through the vibrant use of colour, stylised shapes and rhythmic patterning, each of the totems symbolise a collection of the most important memories from my childhood homes. Jenny Orchard, my artist of influence has provided significant inspiration toward my own art practice particularly through her distinctive use of stylised shape, form and surface embellishment. Clay, polymer clay, dowel, acrylic paint have all been incorporated into my Major Work.
Title: I Love My Pets
Statement: "It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well. I dream my painting, and I paint my dream". Vincent Van Gogh
I made the dog and cat paintings because they are part of my family. The first painting I made is Skywalker the cat in the 'Starry Night', 1889 by Vincent Van Gogh. I chose' Starry Night' for Skywalker because he is a relaxed cat and he blends with the swirls. The second painting is Sarge wearing a Vincent Van Gogh suit from his 'Self Portrait', 1889. The third painting is Ava as Mona Lisa and my fourth painting is Lucky in Vincent Van Gogh's garden painting called ' Butterflies and Poppies',1890. Oil pastel and acrylic paint on canvas are the materials I have used in my Major Work.
Title: Memory Lane
Statement: Memory Lane alludes to the sad yet happy memories of someone I loved that passed away and left me feeling numb with grief. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's use of intense colour, creating life and energy in his work, became an important artist of influence for me to convey my feelings about my Grandpa. I related to Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec because his pieces are often sharply satirical, but he was also capable of great sympathy. When my Grandpa died, I put on a brave face, but it has left an empty space in my heart. I know my Grandpa looks over me from heaven and my Body of Work reminds me of all the precious moments I had with him before his passing. Conte crayons and chalk pastels on paper have been used in my work.
Title: Pots of Imperfection
Statement: I have used the development of my Body of Work as a means to understand and explore my own identity and inherent connection to the Wailwan People. My work aims to intertwine my life experiences with new understandings through fragments of a sophisticated culture that has been made largely invisible due to dispossession, neglect and ignorance.
Statement: Superposition is the idea of the world from outside the perspective of time, a fifth dimensional point of view where time is not a straight line.
Title: Northern Rivers Saga
Statement: My Artwork is heavily influenced by the cover of 'X-Men #1, 1991' which was illustrated by Jim Lee. I replaced the setting and characters to reflect a school scene. My work reflects the chaos of school times and reference how teachers can sometimes feel like villains.
Title: The Power of It
Statement: My work explores the relationship between fear and power while challenging the audience's perceptions of anxiety. Elements and scenes from Greek myths are used to embody aspects of my anxiety while simultaneously commenting on how anxiety is separate from me.
Statement: The stimulus of this Body of Work was exploring deep into my little sister's world by bringing an immersive and tactile experience to the audience. The overstimulation of rough and soft, smooth and itchy fabrics, and the negative and positive connotations that come with touch sensitivity that can affect the body are conveyed.
Statement: As life moves at a faster and faster pace, I am taken by the impermanence of the world around me. So much of what we encounter and experience is transient, that it may as well be an illusion. These photo/film-based works are expressions and experimentations of the ethereal quality of light, colour and perhaps even life itself.
Title: Taking Root
Statement: In a fast paced world full of conflicting interests and beliefs, how does one root themselves? Where do they find their sense of direction? How do they find understanding and the confidence and context from which to act?
Title: Life is 10% of what happens and 90% of how we react
Statement: My Body of Work provides insight into the zones of regulation I use on a daily basis to self-regulate by grouping my state of alertness and feelings into coloured zones. This provides me with strategies to control emotional impulses, manage sensory needs, and improve my overall ability to problem solve.
Title: Unbreakable Bonds
Statement: Unbreakable Bonds consists of family portraits which depict the loving connections between a number of my family members and I. These pieces individually represent the evident loving nature between me and my brother, grandfather and mother, and permanently encapsulate unforgettable memories. Alive or deceased, these connections will remain prevalent and significant in my life, and my artworks depict the unbreakable bonds throughout the entirety of our lifetimes and beyond, remaining as a visual reminder of these treasured memories brought back to life.
Statement: Generations is a drawing of my sister, Grandma and me. This drawing displays people in my life who have been significant to my development and growth and I consider myself to be a reflection of these people. I selected drawing as my medium to capture as much detail as possible in order to fully show the effect of time in each individual portrait, as well as the tiny, unique features of each person.
Statement: My artworks Dusk captivate the beauty of my two best friends, my bird and some family members. All of these artworks like ‘dusk’ have played a beautiful part in my life. I have chosen my two best friends as they were the ones who have picked me up through my darkest of times. My bird and family are also important to me. Painting them in light pastel colours shows the joy they bring me.
Statement: Wanderlust, is a series of self portraits made to express my longing for travelling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Being in lockdown because of the coronavirus is frustrating for a wanderlust person like me. This has ignited a kind of longing for travel I did not know I had before. Confined to my home by COVID-19 lockdowns, I decided to draw the things I miss most; travelling. I have been to 14 countries and counting, and my portraits convey my real life experiences within six different countries that I have been lucky enough to travel to. Attempting to capture a colourful moment in time, a scene of myself in the late golden hours of the day. My Artworks were my way of ‘travelling’ while not being able to do so.
Title: Synthetic Disasters
Statement: Synthetic Disasters is a set of four digital artworks that depict a set of humanoid monsters with various objects sprouting from their backs and each representing a different “man made'' disaster. Each monster is very large in size to represent the whole of humanity and each monster has a unique pose and set of items sprouting from their backs to symbolise a different issue created by man, for example, the second piece represents war and warfare, as evidenced by the multiple guns. Each piece represents global issues caused by humanity that only humanity can solve.
Title: Diversity of the Land
Statement: Diversity of the Land is a series of natural Australian landscape paintings that express the multifaceted Australia, reflecting and emphasising the colours and diversity in our country. Through my art l have highlighted how these landscapes are diverse through the colour palate, conveying that each painting explores the different natural Australian environments from all six states and territories of Australia, including the wetlands and dry land landscapes, to oceans and coastlines and deserts and rainforests.
Statement: My piece Artists refers to those who so strongly resonated and influenced me throughout my own artistic journey. I wanted to, through the series of portraits, highlight the personalities that I have a deep appreciation for. Through the aesthetic simplicity and presentation of the pieces I was enabled to illuminate their individual characters, through subtle yet emotive expressions.
Title: Go Back to Where You Came From
Statement: Go Back to Where You Came From is a collection of paintings, inspired by photographed portraits in the Refugee Art Project, which is a movement choreographed by the Refugee Council of Australia. The aim of the work is to confront the audience and raise awareness of the number and variety of human beings that are excluded from Australian citizenship.
Statement: This work is ink pen drawing (stained with water) and explores the devastation left in wake of the 2022 floods in Coraki.
Title: The Time of a Vintage Dragon
Statement: The Time of a Vintage Dragon is a collection of works that explores the repurposing of found materials and breathing new life into them through collage, blackout poetry and paper making. The process was characterised by responding to chance and serendipity.
Title: The Retrospective Shift
Statement: The Retrospective Shift is a series of urban landscapes that have been simplified into elements of shape and colour to reflect a between world beyond this life. Each work is created through several layers of screenprinting and depict a lone figure navigating this muted world as if continuing their previous lives.