Stories Clouds Tell
Stories clouds tell uses clouds as a metaphor for the things we can’t capture and control – not just the natural environment, but also aspects of our internal environment. Lay on the grass and watch the clouds swirl overhead and we soon make up stories about what they are and what they’re doing. We project […]
Ever notice that some clouds look like old mattresses? Sort of flat and lumpy? That’s the sort that reminds me of childhood holidays by the beach. No need to be careful on those mattresses, and part of the joy was wriggling around to find the least lumpy patch. My Accumulus clouds recapture these childhood joys. […]
Nephele reclining is a human-scale work that blends elements of the figure and the cloud. It’s built up in pigmented epoxy resin, and has curves and folds that create glorious shadows. Sanding to achieve the desired smoothness wore out several sets of fingertips. Many people think it’s marble. Four further editions are planned, using different […]
One sunny day
One sunny day is one of the centrepiece works in my show Stories clouds tell at Tweed Regional Art Gallery, Murwillumbah, 20 January – 30 March 2014. Where I live, our subtropical summer skies can turn cloudy quickly. When those white clouds start to bulge and turn dark, it’s time to head indoors. In my […]
Rising or falling
Rising or falling expresses that sense of turmoil that our storm clouds show. It wasn’t intended, but there’s a Japanese aesthetic at work here. This piece was created to sit above One sunny day, at the junction of the wall and ceiling. But it looks more interesting sitting between floor and wall.
Teetering suite: Atlas reaching
The Teetering suite recognises the vulnerability of the human relationship with both the natural environment and the social environment. Atlas reaching references the Greek myth of Atlas, condemned to hold the celestial spheres on his shoulders.
Teetering suite: The British Empire
The Teetering suite recognises the vulnerability of the human relationship with both the natural environment and the social environment. The British Empire references changes in the world’s political and social makeup.
Teetering suite: Third world dreams
The Teetering suite recognises the vulnerability of the human relationship with both the natural environment and the social environment. Third world dreams asks questions about exploitation and stereotyping.
Nearer to heaven (Triptych)
In 2013 I flew down to Sydney. A big storm was brewing, and we flew between columns of cumulus that towered above. It was like flying through a Greek ruin. I finally understood what “the sublime” means. The use of textured epoxy gives a sculptural quality to each panel.