The abstractions in my blown glass sculptures result from an investigation into biodiversity and the use of symbols. I live and work in a sub-tropical rainforested area Australia, where there is a very high level of biodiversity, with over 150 bird species and 50 species of mammal / marsupials alone, not to mention insects, reptiles and plants. The sheer quantity of life forms has had an impression upon the mindset behind the way the artworks look, primarily due to an awareness of a general decline in biodiversity worldwide. The primary symbols in this work are taken from parrot and bird of paradise species, including some extinct species, and the colour sequences that occur in their plumage. Bird species are in population decline due to habitat loss right across their range.
These vessels and freeform sculptures therefore carry some element of the species along with metaphoric possibilities of glass and fragility. Abstraction as a means of expression is important to me due to the individuality of it countering the dominant sameness considered a desirable conformist norm of our broader society. I only create a very limited number of works that in themselves are quite rare.