I am a compulsive collector of small curiosities, commonly overlooked or considered unattractive. Removing them from their original context, then safeguarding their essence from decomposition by embedding them in resin. Their original identity transforms to becoming beautiful, mysterious, and exotic, artefacts or specimens of “permanence”.
For me they carry an element of biography, and memory of the places in New Zealand I have stood. They are my Tūrangawaewae (‘a place to stand’). Representing places that empower and connect me, my foundation, my place, where I am home.