Which has been your most challenging series to date?
100% my ‘Endangered’ series for the aforementioned points and in terms of the logistics of the underwater shoots.
After my experience at Heron Island I arranged another underwater shoot in Jervis Bay with 21 women. This involved chartering two boats (to fit everyone), catering, having support people as well as a multitude of other factors. Whilst also being aware of the individual needs of each person to make sure everyone was feeling safe and able to get to the boat if they needed to.
The orchestration of 21 people underwater at once to achieve the formations I was aiming for was definitely the hardest part. Having everyone end up exactly where they needed to be underwater in front of the camera at the same time whilst being swept around in moving currents was a huge feat.
What is inspiring you at the moment? What are you looking forward to?
I find myself more and more drawn to sculpture as a medium. I love the work of Jason deCaires Taylor who is a British sculptor who has been creating underwater sculptures for over a decade. His concrete sculptures encourage the growth of coral on their surfaces, creating ecosystems and bringing his sculptures to life. The vivid colours and textures are extraordinary. His 2010 underwater sculpture museum, MUSA El Museo subaquàtico de Arte (The Museum of Underwater Art) comprises of over 400 life sized sculptures in the Caribbean sea.
It would be a life highlight to be able to see these works in their underwater environment one day.
Who has played an impactful role in your professional or personal life?
My 1st year COFA art school photography teacher Simone Douglas. Simone is an internationally recognized photographic artist who now heads the MFA program at Parsons, NYC.
Simone has come in and out of my life at critical times, offering guidance and support for over two decades now. Among many other things, Simone helped give me the tools to push my practice from photographic prints to large-scale installations at a time when I was struggling to know how to make the leap. Simone continues to be a great inspiration, a mentor and a dear friend.
What is next on the horizon for you?
I have been working away at a multidisciplinary body of work whilst in isolation which I plan to continue working on for the next year. The series will be exhibited in 2021 at Martin Browne Contemporary, Sydney.