Australian Land and Light Artist
As a contemporary land artist I work primarily outdoors, in the public realm, though often quite remote. My works are site specific, even site-determined and fuse simple materials and aesthetics with localized natural phenomena and light. Often I will create an installation and adapt it to a number of sites, creating subtly (sometimes profoundly) different experiences. I work in a reductive way – eliminating unnecessary visual material and aesthetic baggage to communicate a sense of the sublime as directly as possible. The experiences of my work are felt as much as they are observed and remind us how our modes of perception are merely a choice.
I use a wide variety of materials and methods to create my works, as the creative process changes between projects. The site determines the idea, the idea then determines the materials and methodology. For the past few years my materials have become ever more soft, none mores-o than light, which I pair with water and wind to explore their relationship and how the experience of these things can be more than just visual. I try to create bodily experiences, stimulating all senses. As this approach tends to produce more ephemeral works that are best temporary, I bridge this approach with a strong architectural sensibility and years of experience working with more robust building materials to create permanent public works. This synergy of natural aesthetics and a heightened sensitivity of space is my niche.