This sculpture is called ‘Dark Heart’ and received an honourable mention award at the Brunswick Street Gallery 40 x 40 Award in 2015. At high school I had a Headmaster who was fond of quoting the verse ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil’ (Timothy 6:10) in his weekly sermons. While most of what was said has long since been forgotten, this verse stuck. ‘Dark Heart’ is an expression of the belief that the pursuit of wealth and material things for their own sake is ultimately hollow, a pursuit that at its core does not provide genuine fulfilment.
This recently completed sculpture is called Noughts and Crosses, it was selected as a finalist in the 2015 M Collection Award. Digital data has become ubiquitous. At its most basic level every piece of digital data be it text in a document, numbers in a spreadsheet, music or photos is represented by the bit. The bit is a switch that has only 2 values 0 and 1, logically this can be interpreted as yes/no, true/false, on/off or any other two value representation. Noughts and Crosses represents the basic building block of everything we have come to take for granted in the digital age.
This painting of my 7 year old son is in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of the ANZACs . Having an Australian mother and New Zealand father he is something of an ANZAC himself. The anniversary got me thinking of the young boys and girls left behind when Aussies and Kiwis answered the call to fight a war on the other side of the world never to return. A call to duty they responded to bravely and largely without question.
Those boys and girls were left without fathers, wives and girlfriends without their lovers, mates left mateless and parents without their sons to carry on a legacy,...