In November 2012 I took part in an Artist In Residence at the TANKS Art Centre, Cairns, Australia. During my month long stay I studied the plants of the Flecker Botanical Gardens. With no time to fire any of the work I chose to dedicate myself to learning, experimenting with the raw clay, creating forms that referenced the real plants but also making them my own.
The raw material lent itself to the fragility and beauty of life within the gardens. Without colour the viewer was asked to see beyond the usual colour and fragrant experiences of a garden and learn to appreciate the beauty inherent in the simplicity of structure, texture and line.
The Artist Residency ended with the exhibition, Traces as Flowers: Flora as Pathways, with Maria Luisa Borras (Puerto Rico), Emma Rochester (Australia) and Lynne Flemons (Australia). As the exhibition ran, individual pieces from my installation were chosen and placed in a basin of water. Once in the water the clay pieces dissolved returning to the clays’ natural form (mud).
As a visiting Artist, I made friends, created an installation of work and made some kind of impression on the people and environment around me. Upon my departure all traces of my work and myself began to disappear, leaving only the imprint of both on the collective memory of the community.