A person is the sum total of his/her experiences. For me, origins do not have the same impact as identity. I identify strongly with New Zealand and its place in the Pacific and aim to reflect this in my work.
Spirals of all kinds, fern fronds, how they unfurl, and koru, representing new life and rebirth, have long fascinated me as potent images for their graphic nature as well as their symbolic meanings.
My sculptural work has incorporated these elements and has been evolving through organic shapes to vessels evoking journeys to new lives , reflecting the migratory nature of this country, and the similarity of symbols and patterns in different cultures.
I also enjoy carving these patterns on wheel-thrown bowls. Moving slightly away from spirals, some of my bowls have been inspired by Tapa cloths of the Pacific.