This work, Updraft, is part of a project I’ve commenced examining fire in it’s role as a catalyst for transformation in the environment. Fire profoundly affects the human and animal populations in cycles of destruction and regeneration. This has long been the orbit of my artwork but over the coming year I plan to go much further into the ‘haze’ of fire and it’s environmental, mythological, and creative resonance. In this process I propose to simulate and reflect on this catalytic activity in a large range of works spanning sculpture, artist books, fire effigy videos and paintings.
BirdFireHuman will map a Human-Animal convergence. This fire-fusing of Bird-Human DNA constitutes a fictional pseudo-science: OrnithAnthroPyrocology , the hypothesis of the proposal…more to come.
These four decapitated rogues were in the Linden Postcard Show over summer
MobsterLobster Oil on Canvas 20 x 25 cm 2019
Thinking of the mythic almost alchemical potential of the world’s most vital books. How they get burnt, and also etch, burning into the mind’s eye never to be forgotten.
On exhibition in IMAGE AND TEXT the Mildura Writer’s Festival Art Exhibition at The Art Vault
Open July 17
My great great grandfather D L Milne travelled the world as a ship’s carpenter from Montrose, Scotland, before arriving in Australia.
Passing man lighting up other side of venetians at the end of a hard working day
This large artwork is part of an exciting exhibition project ‘Incendiary – set on fire’ in the UK curated by Australian contemporary art/textiles curator Patricia Brien
This drawing WanderingFlame came about while I was reading Virginia Woolf’s Orlando where references to comets and cosmic tumult were reflecting the grandeur and volatility of Orlando’s personae. Love it. What an extraordinary book.
This is JupiterShot, a collage I’ve made in the gallery during the Ash exhibition. I draw and paint in such a layered and painstaking way that sometimes it completely blasts the mainframe of my consciousness to make some direct collage. This work is part of The Book of Fire which you will see more of over time on this site or my instagram
There was a long spate of hedge fires in the 80’s and 90’s in Melbourne’s leafy burbs. Not sure if they ever caught those involved.