ABOUT

I'm a Wellington, NZ-based print artist with an international background spanning the United States, the Philippines, Brazil, and Tonga. My work is influenced by my experiences in these places (especially Wellington!), as well as the other artists I've been lucky to learn from and collaborate with over the past few years.

For my recent work ("Grown" and "Built"), I hand make all the paper at home out of recycled office documents. Each design is first made as a relief plate into a sturdy surface. The 3-D design then goes underneath the handmade paper, forming a raised pattern on the surface of the paper like those leaf rubbings you used to do as a kid. I finish each work with natural dyes and pigments painted on the surface.

EXHIBITIONS

Work shown:

2015 Kinetic Flatland. Joint exhibition with Mark Noyes. Prints on paper. (Thistle Hall, Wellington, NZ)

2013 Kainga. Group exhibition with Tanya Edwards and Luisa Veakovi Fonua. Prints on tapa cloth. (NZ High Commission, Nuku’alofa, Tonga)

2012 Movement. Large group exhibition. Prints on tapa cloth. (Waterfront, Nuku’alofa, Tonga)

Managed:

2015 Kinetic Flatland. Organised, managed, and curated exhibition. (Thistle Hall, Wellington, NZ)

2013 Ko e Hala Hangatonu, Dame Robin White and Ruha Fifita. (NZ High Commission, Nuku'alofa, Tonga)

  • Participating artist/apprentice to Dame Robin White
  • Organised and managed exhibition at the NZ High Commission Tonga, including school programme for 600 school kids

2012 Kermadec. Group exhibition of work by John Pule, Dame Robin White, Fiona Hall, Elizabeth Thomson, Phil Dadson, Gregory O'Brien, John Reynolds, Jason O'Hara, and Bruce Foster. Organised and managed week-long public events programme. (NZ High Commission, Nuku'alofa, Tonga)

2012 MovementOrganised, managed, and curated exhibition. (Waterfront, Nuku’alofa, Tonga)

Experience

Manager, Arts Funding Reporting & Planning, Creative New Zealand, Wellington, NZ, July 2015 - Current

Development Manager, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, NZ, June 2014 - July 2015

Development Officer, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Wellington, NZ, July 2013 - June 2014

Senior Development Programme Coordinator, New Zealand High Commission Tonga, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Dec 2012 - July 2013

Development Programme Coordinator, New Zealand High Commission Tonga, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Nov 2011 - Dec 2012

Business Adviser, US Peace Corps, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, Sept 2009 - Nov 2011