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Raymond Haines Retropecitve // Venice Biennale 2017 // Seeing Décollage Art for the first time

Created: 30 Nov 2022


Opal Aged Care Train Simulation. A journey into memory through digital collage.

Created: 09 Nov 2019

It's wonderful to see some joy on the faces of our elderly.

I had the privilege of collaborating with Opal Aged Care Provider to make a train experience like no other. Interior designer and project manager at Opal, Bradley Sebastiao, built a train carriage interior inside Blacktown's large new aged care home, with enough space to seat passengers at two tables and room for bed bound people to be wheeled in and have a view. I've created a video that takes passengers from Sydney's iconic harbourside amusement playground, Luna Park through parts of the CBD to the outer west and into the Blue Mountains. The journey is a digital collage that crosses time, showing historical images with a mixture of Australiana: flowers, animals and a backyard BBQ.

The installation is designed to stimulate memories and conversation. It activates connection, in the mind and between passengers and the staff taking care of them. And it works, staff members have reported, as they hear new stories from those sitting in the train carriage.

The room is designed to allow family members to visit, giving grandparents the opportunity to share an experience and share stories with their grandchildren. It's also respite for anyone that wants to just rest, seeing some beautiful imagery and have a cup of tea as the tea trolley goes by.


Articulate Project Space

Created: 01 Aug 2019

Articulate Project Space

An exhibition of large paper works - cut, torn, edited street posters

This artist run space is a large warehouse occupied by five resident artists. The building invites experimentation for artists using spacial dynamics that are not available in regular size studios.

Within this exhibition space I worked with the architectural forms to change the dynamics of my paper creations, using levels throughout the building, the weight of heavy wooden support beams, open space to the roof, skylights, and large spanning walls. Hanging works so they would float throughout the building. The holes cut into these large found posters become peepholes that both mask and reveal structural qualities of their environment.

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This collection of paper works is an exploration of line through random tearing, and layering from pulling apart and assembling.

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10 ft paper tear, on wood

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The joy of being a pickle

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Paper Works: Torn Line, how it came about

Created: 10 Apr 2019

The process for these torn poster collage works began by collecting water logged posters off walls in Redfern after a heavy downpour over a few days.

Through play and exploration I discovered an incredible development in line making. By ripping along the edge of the poster I exposed multiple layers of print, sometimes more than 12 at once. It is a wonderful display of colour and pattern.

I imagine the graphic designers who made these posters never imaged their work glues to anothers, and shredded apart to become a graphic monster, standing tall, and wild.


Installation Collaboration: Mirvac, Injalak Arts, Melissa Hamlyn

Created: 14 Sep 2018

This 2018 collaboration showcases printed fabric, image designs and hand woven textile grass pieces by Indigenous artists from  Injalak Arts, in Northern Territory's Arnhem Land. Working with Sydney textile artist, Melissa Hamlyn, I was able to make a sculptural space that draped the Injalak prints across the bodies of 4 mannequins which were back-lit by 6 giant LED glowing wood cut-out silhouettes. The hanging cut-outs are replicas of images found on the printed material and are localised indigenous baskets used for fishing and food gathering.

Each mannequin has their own style of drappery, the three females have a mixture between short and sassey, long and flowing, mixed with oversized wooden brooches, curls of bunched yarn, adorned with dried raw desert grass from Northern Territory and various desert flowers and bird feathers.

The installation presented a diverse vibrancy of Australian textiles and hand-made, hand -crafted arts. On display for over two months at Mirvac's Birkenhead Point, Sydney Harbour, this day-time night-time work was a window display like no other.

Thanks to Don Arnold Photography for the collection of images. Injalak Arts for the beautiful contribution and dialogue to make this work possible. Art Pharmacy for commissioning and coordinating the installation, and Melissa Hamlyn for the inspiring drapery.


New York Collection

Created: 01 Dec 2017

A private collector in New York City has bought a ...

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