Inside-outsider Art

As a Spatial Artist I am interested in the tactile nature of hands-on making. I spend time in and out of the machine exploring analogue techniques mixed with emerging digital practices. Whether I am creating immersive spatial environments, multimedia work, or film, the work is always rooted in a deep spatial awareness. These themes were instilled in me during my time in art school (Unitec, NZ) where I majored in spatial design.

I make art for myself. This is art therapy. Most of my work is based on a rejection of what I lived through during the first two decades of my life. It celebrates my escape from certain restraints.

I was brought up as the son of a preacher and “preachers wife”. As a result I was immersed in the guilt, fear and control driven world of organised religion. I even lived on a christian commune on Great Barrier Island at the age of twelve. The regret of stolen youth and brainwashing in the church is explored in my work. These days my preacher parents and I are no longer in the church. Thank god.

I left home at sixteen and moved to Auckland city. As a teenage factory worker in South Auckland I experienced feelings of entrapment, immersion in a capitalistic greed driven machine and I developed a disdain for the resulting proletariat that I found myself drowning in during my late teens and early twenties.

It was art school in my late twenties that I started to find myself as a person, where my skills were unlocked, explored and nurtured. Now in my thirties I live in LA creating curious abstractions that intentionally cloud their themes, exposing only a hint of concept forcing the viewer to create their own perception of what I am exploring in the work. The work is unyieldingly dark but relishes in the darkness and always reaches towards optimism.