The inspiration for the exhibition comes Sleepwalking long walks and daily contemplations in parks, gardens and decorative winter phenomena Castle of Versailles.
Contrary to my original environment, this surreal landscape, eerily familiar and haunting prompted me to think about my European heritage and to question the complexity of the start of the European cultural colonization in the Australian natural landscape. I realized that at a subconscious level, my worldview and my artistic practice were informed by bearing on the ritual, history, myths and legends Europe. Tales of kings, queens, princes and princesses, dark forests and winter holiday season so foreign to the Australian environment.
My work explores the intersection between dreams and reality. Many works are born of a dream state shaped by fragmented images of my new environment: winter forest, topiary, white marble statues covered, face urns, ironwork, confectionery and ghosts of the past. The exhibition combines aspects of my current practice with new sources, restrictions and freedoms.
I am interested in the relationship between the mind and the material world and the related phenomenon of metaphysics. Creating art is a way of trying to bridge the gap between these two worlds.
This exhibition was made possible through the generosity of the residency program of the Lefebvre Gallery, Versailles.