The juxtaposition of beauty and ugliness, tenderness and fear, desire and anxiety runs through all of my work, challenging ideas of the body in art, cognitive functionality, ideas of the erotic, and systems of control. Since being diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s Disease, my work in visual and sound art has mostly been driven by an exploration of the physical and mental symptoms of his illness, even using these symptoms as tools to create my own distinctive style of artistic expression. My photographic images, digital manipulations, videos and sound-scapes are a visceral reaction to his condition, challenging the many myths and misconceptions surrounding the disease.
I am is also inspired by the strange aesthetic of the Latrobe Valley in which I live, the centre of the brown coal power industry in Victoria. The natural valley landscape is marred by the monumental industrial forms of power stations shrouded in clouds of mist – simultaneously magnificent, menacing, and surreal. These are an evocative metaphor for the dissonance occurring within my own own body.