Artist Statements

Structures - Drawbridge at Arles (1999)

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"Drawbridge at Arles" was made using nine different drawings and paintings which were produced by van Gogh in 1888. All details and dimensions for the construction of the model were estimated from these works.

The paintings and drawings appear to have been produced from a distance of between 25m to 100m away from both sides of the canal and both sides of the drawbridge.

The inclusion of human figures, horses and carts etc. were the main clues used for estimating the overall size of the structure.

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Monochrome Chairs (1999)

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"Monochrome Chairs" was an installation exhibited at the Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, in November 1999.

"Monochrome Chairs" consisted of over 400 miniature chairs in a continuous diagonal grid pattern on 2 large wall panels and 9 small floor panels. The two wall panels were a total of 2.5m high x 1.75m wide and the floor panels a total of 1.65m x 1.65m, in all a total of 7.5 square metres.

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Installation 'No Access' 2001

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Five Crusaders, CR # 1 to 5 which included a motorcycle policeman and motorcycle and five bricked up doorways all constructed from waste cardboard make up this installation which is called "no access".

This installation was first shown at the Soapbox Gallery, Brisbane in June 2000, and the exhibition continued in the Soapbox Gallery Window during July 2000 with 24 hour viewing onto Brunswick St.

The installation "no access" is a gesture which turns in on itself, inasmuch as it is a vehicle for entering and at the same time limiting access. The access being to my mind, to my soul, to my inner self.

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Trophy Heads

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My first attempt at cardboard sculpture was in 1999 while studying at Queensland College of Art.

In an elective called "Green Culture" I was horrified when I heard of the amount of deforestation that was pulped and used to manufacture paper and cardboard.

As an environmental gesture I constructed an installation called "trophies" which consisted of 10 animal heads made out of cardboard with two old fashioned treesaws slung below in the same manner that the hunters would sling their rifles under the trophies of real animal heads that they had killed and displayed in an egotistical gesture.

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Felix - Urban Art Project

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I first used waste cardboard to make sculpture in an environmental exhibition in 1998 which was about deforestation, 80% of the felled timber is pulped to make paper and cardboard, therefore cardboard was used as an artistic protest against this.

I found that cardboard was so strong and versatile that I have continued to use it since, this culminated in larger than life size figures over 2 metres tall called "Crusaders" in an exhibition in 2001.

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Installation - 89.9 Cents Per Litre. 2003

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In all wars the "civilian casualty" is the innocent victim of man's inhumanity to man.

This installation is a memento to the "civilian casualties" of all wars, past, present and future.

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Installation 'Waiting' 2002

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In 2002 I exhibited "Waiting" another protest installation in waste cardboard, this time against the Federal Government's treatment of asylum seekers.

This consisted of 40 standing figures inside a chain wire compound topped with barbed wire, titled "Waiting Room" and 40 inverted hanging figures titled "Waiting to be Processed".

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