|I could draw before I
studied ceramics at a course strongly grounded in functional thrown
ware. This was a traditional and technically oriented course where
I gained experience in most methods of construction and learned the
importance of functional design.
I have studied life drawing since the age of 13 years, and later
went on to work as a life model for 24 years. This has given me
an intimate knowledge of the human form.
My background as a painter is in commercial art, as a sign writer.
I have also painted murals and tinted prints. All of which has trained
me in the technique of creating 3dimensional illusion as well as
giving me experience in brushwork and observation. I am fascinated
by illusions of perception, imitation and trompe l’oeil and
how this may be achieved by manipulating perspective.
I have an innate grasp of perspective and tend to think in 2dimension
when designing my work, always drawing my idea first. This tendency
to perceive in 2dimension, which I applied to the 3dimensional
form, has led to exploration in perceptions of perspective and experiments
of illusion. I make my pots as if working in a 2dimensional plane,
using monocular vision to enhance the effect. Currently I am investigating depicting the perspective of vessels
and structures observed from alternative angles and light source.
Mirage Vases apply conventional principles of 3dimensional depth
perspective, found on the 2dimensional plane of drawing and
painting, to a 3dimensional form. The vase is a drawing of itself.
My method is to ‘draw’ the vase in clay in the air as if working
in 2dimension, focusing on the ellipse and outline. I use monocular
vision to reduce depth perception. I paint the front surface, with
swatches of random or linear pattern and applied shadow as found in
3dimension, to flatten or further the illusion of roundness. The
reversed application of techniques makes use of visual expectations
in our perception of a flat object as round while in fact being a
round object made flat. This seems to contradict our usual
interpretation of a 3D/2D object and an illusion occurs.
Mirage Vases reference art from the era of
modern machinery and mass-production and I imitate this precision
and repetition by hand.
Born Sydney, Australia
1964 Moved to Kent,
1979-82 Diploma of Art and Design in Ceramics (credit with highly
commended) Medway College of Art and Design, Rochester, Kent, England.
Designed Mirage Vase and Sculptural figurative forms
1995 Moved to Australia
1983-99 Various employment
in England and Australia including signwriting, print tinting, mural
painting. Also life drawing and modelling.
1999 Moved to New Zealand.
Have two children.
Mirage Vases and began exploration into Illusional Vessels and
Painted Still-life studies.
North & South
2 women show Moray Dunedin 2007
solo show Masterworks Auckland 2009
'Women on Form' show Rocda Dunedin 2010
Objects' solo show Avid Wellington