My research is situated in relation to current posthumanist theory, which posits horizontal rather than hierarchical relationships for human/nonhuman cohabitation, my research sets out to test the hypothesis that experiential and participatory art practices can engender new understandings of the everyday relationship of domestication as a site of human/nonhuman interaction. It poses the question; can a practice of unsettling and reframing familiar scenes of domestication elicit understanding that is critical, embodied, imagined and conducive to the notion that humans and nonhumans might coexist on a levelled platform of being? This research posts and set out to test the veracity of a working methodology that deliberately cultivates a hopeful space for imagining and feeling, in tandem with intellectual and informational research. This is a working hypothesis in two parts; firstly, navigating a methodology through which to nurture re-imaging; a research practice I propose as a receptive space of unknowing, A term I call into play to define the ‘mindful fostering of a practice of durational, conceptual and intellectual holding-back from familiar ways of perceiving’.
This research takes the form of Immersive installations, dwelling spaces, Conversation Pits and DIY projects.
. While not derived explicitly from Ivan Illich’s seminal 1971 publication Deschooling Society and not meant as a political directive, it does share common ground in suggesting that unruly or contra-normal learning might occur in an untaught space of attentiveness. ‘Review of Ivan Illich’s Seminal Deschooling Society » The New Observer’.
Currenly based in Auckland , New Zealand I completed my undergraduate studies in 1991 at the College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales, Australia and gained an MFA (1st class honours) at Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland, in 2002. I am currently undertaking a PhD at Massey University College of Creative Arts, under the supervision of Martin Patrick, Heather Galbraith and Huhana Smith. Concurrenly, I am a Fine Arts lecturer in the undergraduate program at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design in Auckland, leading the Year Two Fine Arts Programme.
I have exhibited both nationally and internationally, showing regularly at Whitespace in Auckland and Kobo Chika in Tokyo, as well as regional public galleries and independent exhibition spaces throughout New Zealand. In addition to my individual practice I have a strong interest in collective projects, initiating and leading a number of collaborative group projects played out as a series of installations at Rm Gallery in Auckland and Blue Oyster in Dunedin. Currently I am instigating research into ‘thinking together’ through the Conversation Pit project.