Ever since I was a kid I collected stuff – from the beach, from the bush, and from the dump. My childhood was spent living not far from a dump –
an ideal place for the neighbourhood kids to play ‘war’ or ‘Cowboys and Indians’. Whilst that was fun I was as interested in what I could find in our
local dump and much to my parents horror lots of it I brought home. I am attracted to the textures, the shapes and the idea that what I use has
already had a life and been used by others albeit for very different purposes. I am more excited by finding a piece of ‘worked’ flotsam and jetsam than
I am with finding ‘natural’ materials.|
My first exhibition in 1981 as a founding member of the Taranaki Artists Cooperative [TACO] was assembled from found materials and so it has continued.
The polite term for this is now ‘found art’ or ‘art from found materials’. This from that font of all knowledge Wikipeadia. “The term found art describes
art created from the undisguised, but often modified, use of objects that are not normally considered art, often because they already have a non-art
function.” I prefer the term Salvage Art.
Since 1981 I have been part of 28 exhibitions and have works in collections in New Zealand, The United Kingdom and The United States. My recent
work has had a more functional element to it and includes mirrors and vessels for containing . . . more junk!