You are a Multi Media and Collage Artist. Your work ranges from using mass produced items, Lino, Paint and LED lighting. How do you come to choose your mediums and why?
I really love shiny things; I love what gold and reflection can do and how it can make something look glamorous and flashy, expensive and opulent. It has an amazing way of distracting you because it’s just so sparkly and gorgeous. It’s a really cool quality to work with because it’s so superficial. People sometimes engage with my work thinking that it is only about being superficial, or only about fashion as surface deep. As opposed to realizing that it is the aesthetic language of the materials I use.
Have you always had this relationship with fashion in your work?
The fashion industry is just so much better at absorbing everything and spitting it back out . I like the spectacle. Luxury brands often collaborate with artists and that can mean a big budget, press and utilizing non-gallery spaces. I often find the spaces inside fashion stores more beautiful than galleries. I’m seduced by the lighting, the smell, window displays, the counters and plinths. It’s just so fast paced, which I really love.
I was lackluster and institutionalized when I come out of art school, and didn’t know who I was as an artist and what the school had shaped. I wasn’t making things that really turned me on. I felt narrow and I wasn’t really free. So it wasn’t till I came back to New Zealand that I was like, it’s actually ok to make art that’s about all the things I’m interested in and that includes fashion. Fashion is actually really important.