is a new time-based investigation that reflects on everyday moments in order to rise above current challenges and provide hope through inventiveness and thoughtful contemporary craft practice. This new collection of digital photographs and contemporary art jewellery will be contextualised within recent social, political and environmental global events.


With the 2020 bushfires, pandemic, social and political unrest in mind, this 2021 collection will respond to the complex times we find ourselves in, by bringing nature and beauty back into focus. This project asks, what are the things in times of hardship that are important to hold on to? What comforts us the most in challenging' circumstances? How can the creation of contemporary art and craft help facilitate cultural and personal recovery? 

Artists constant questioning, exploration, raising of societal, environmental and political issues as well as their generosity of spirit make the world a better place. Art raises awareness, marks time and reflects our values. Art connects communities, shapes culture and fosters wellbeing. Art is vital, it is irreplaceable and one of the most critical aspects of our culture and humanity. How we emerge from and creatively respond to the pandemic and other environmental and social challenges, will help define who we are as a community in the coming years.


One response to recovery is to return to familiar practices, as a way to rebuild and reimagine, as well as seek comfort in the process, repetition and disarming beauty that can be created when crafting something from nothing. To make new forms that have both inspired and transcended their original state, to emerge transformed from the imagination into a unique physical object. 


*These thoughts and research are a work in progress and will evolve over the next 12 months.


TRANSCEND will include a collection of new handmade neckpieces and sculptures, presented alongside digital photographs and a book that was conceived and started in the 2020 pandemic and Melbourne lockdown. Contemporary art jewellery will be presented on walls—hung form fixtures as well as several pieces presented inside custom-made frames.


sterling silver, enamel, 18ct gold, rubber, sublimated aluminium, perspex, wall decals



"To live on a day-to-day basis is insufficient for human beings; we need to transcend, transport, escape; we need meaning, understanding, and explanation; we need to see over-all patterns in our lives. We need hope, the sense of a future. And we need freedom (or, at least, the illusion of freedom) to get beyond ourselves, whether with telescopes and microscopes and our ever-burgeoning technology or in states of mind that allow us to travel to other worlds, to rise above our immediate surroundings. We may seek, too, a relaxing of inhibitions that makes it easier to bond with each other, or transports that make our consciousness of time and mortality easier to bear. We seek a holiday from our inner and outer restrictions, a more intense sense of the here and now, the beauty and value of the world we live in." - Oliver Sacks


I respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the traditional custodians of the land on which I create and exhibit art. I pay my respects to Elders past and present, as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the wider Melbourne community and beyond. Indigenous sovereignty has never been ceded. I acknowledge that I work and live on country on which Members and Elders of The Wurundjeri people and their forebears have been custodians for many centuries and on which Aboriginal People have performed age-old ceremonies of celebration, initiation and renewal. I acknowledge their living culture and their unique role in the life of this region.

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