Any schools within Whanganui – I don't drive, but I am happy to walk, cycle, bus or ride share.
My arts or creative practice (including details about my specific focus within that art form/practice and my strengths)
I am an environmental artist with a diverse interdisciplinary scope of practice in site-specific installation, performance and video. My strength lies in a sensitive, intuitive and often poetic approach to materials and site. I have an eye for colour and detail. Although self-driven I also enjoy collaboration and interactive processes. With a master's in environmental installation and sculptural practice and an undergraduate degree in painting I have a deep love and working knowledge of all art forms and mediums that I would feel blessed to share and inspire young minds with combined with an experimental approach – what I don't know I'll seek answers to and explore creative options.
My track record of experience and success - or the track record of experience and success of the creative or artist that I will partner with
Fulbright Scholar 2012. Growing up in Auckland, New Zealand in the 80s with flashy material values mingling with the cobbled together tree-hut and patch of native bush at the bottom of the road, spurred a vibrant curiosity for the world around me and an insatiable DIY instinct, cross-pollinated with a reverent respect for nature. In 2007 I graduated with a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from Elam, University of Auckland in environmental installation. I have lived and worked in New Zealand, Germany, India, Indonesia, USA, Japan, Mexico and The Netherlands; these places and their inherent attitudes and patterns of consumption have greatly influenced my visual practice evidenced by successive site-responsive projects navigating three successive, sodden Monsoon seasons, questioning our human relationship with water, waste, weather and posing alternative values in a changing environment. In my early career, my work has been selected for exhibition across an international spectrum framed in environments ranging from urban canals and coastal national parks to dessert villages; to the exterior of a working rubbish truck; an artist booth at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair; the underbellies and back street alleys of Wellington, New York, Melbourne and Berlin.
Describe the experience you have had working with children or young people, teaching or facilitating creative processes
As part of TEMP 2017, I led a series of art and climate change workshops with school groups, primary to secondary. With Māpura Studios as an Art Tutor I have tutored weekly art studio classes with children and youth with special needs and disabilities in schools and at Māpura Studios. My passion for art shines outwardly so in me you will find an enthusiastic talent for captivating the imaginations of the people I work with. For five years I worked at Starship Children’s Hospital facilitating the Starship Teen Lounge as an Adolescent Play Specialist providing art, craft and creative recreation programmes to teenage patients and at times undertaking large-scale hospital-wide art projects. Six months full time teaching Senior Arts at a college in Auckland in 2004 and three years teaching English overseas in Japan and Mexico in my early 20s contribute to my teaching knowledge and skills, I have also given art classes in holiday programmes while I was a student studying my MFA at Elam, and undertaken art projects with school children in India; a collective mural project in Udaipur 2016 and during an International Artist Camp 2011 – an environmental installation project in India.
Why I want to be part of the Creatives in Schools programme and how my involvement will link to my creative practice
Art is at my core. I am both passionate about art and inspiring local communities to have fun learning about and exploring contemporary art processes together. Working with children and youth on creative artistically-driven education programmes would be a motivating and enjoyable position for me. I have accumulated more than eight years of teaching experience, and I am a passionate and dedicated practicing artist.