Biography: On finishing my fine arts degree at Newcastle University in 2009, I decided to give study a much needed break and move to Sydney rather than continuing straight on to a post-graduate teaching degree as originally planned. I’m very glad I did. Since then I have gained life experience, travelled, lived overseas, and worked in enough stale office environments to know I’m ready for a more meaningful career where I can make a difference in others’ lives. I’ve enjoyed the long awaited opportunity of reconnecting with my creative side for this group exhibition, and I look forward to being part of a profession that will harness my own and my future students’ full creative potential.

Artwork x 4  Treasure (series of 4)   
Watercolour and progresso on paper

Treasure (ˈtrɛʒə)

noun. A quantity of precious metals, gems, or other valuable objects.

verb. to regard or treat as precious; cherish.

Treasure is about the preciousness of bygone moments and a directive that we cherish each and every one of them. The mixing bowl at first glance is just a mixing bowl, a run of the mill kitchen item that is seldom given much thought. How much can you say about a mixing bowl? This mixing bowl however is a vessel of memories and a means of reflecting on the past and ourselves. Its story invites us to contemplate the lives of the two people it belonged to, who were special in Australian history; Ben and Elizabeth Chifley. The simplicity and virtue by which the Chifleys lived their lives, during a period which was far more challenging than many of us have ever experienced, is humbling and inspiring. The bowl evokes their memory and the many differences between the time they lived and the world today. The Chifleys no longer exist, nor do the Australian ceramics factories which produced this mixing bowl, however the bowl is still here, a treasure from the past. This body of work reminds us to appreciate the treasures in our own lives, and treasure them at every moment.

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