I am interested in the cross-cultural exploration of spirituality and ethnography, specifically the stories, memories and cultural practices of women.
Growing up as an introverted third culture child, I relied heavily on drawing, embroidery and other crafts not only to process the world around me but also to calm my own anxieties.
Race, religion, culture and the marginalized position of women are things I become acutely aware of from an early age.
My childhood exposure to Maori and Aboriginal art in New Zealand and Australia and my collaboration as an adult with textile and folk artists in India shaped and influenced my passion for local and indigenous art forms.
In 2013 I stumbled upon a book called “Tantra Song” by the French poet Franck Andre Jamme.
It contained a collection of rare 17th c. abstract Tantric drawings from Rajasthan. Evocative of Kandinsky and Miro these centuries-old works of art demonstrate that abstract art is not only a western early 20th century concept.
The Tantric works were not intended to be art but departure points for meditation. This intrigued me, as at that point in time I was starting to venture deeper into the practice of mediation. This notion of visual meditation started to inform my creative practice.
It’s simple geometric compositions and vibrant colors became a starting point for me to delve into the teachings of Tantra and Buddhism
It is within these traditions that I found my creative voice. My visual language has developed over time into a deeply personal dialogue, a narrative that is based in part on memory, and steeped in historic and cultural symbolism. As a multidisciplinary artist I move between traditional painting technique, photography, craft and poetry.