This is a sort-of triptych. The opened chest was heavily inspired by a 1920s paper fold out which I bought on Etsy many years ago. I have always loved those fold out human body illustrations, especially the 1960s -70s ones that were printed on plastic. My version is roughly life size. Did you know that the Spam that we buy here is made in the U.S.? Are we not capable of manufacturing our own Spam?! I felt a little embarrassed buying my Spam model, which is interesting considering that grilled Spam sandwiches were my favourite after school snack. The last part of the triptych is a moth. It is based on the metaphorical moth which lands on the heart in moments of disappointment in Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things. (Or something like that.) I found the moth a bit tricky to paint. Let's say it has a naive quality.
This blog is both a record of my work and an attempt to contribute to the vast inspiration that thousands of other creative people have given me via the internet.
I worked for many years in the fashion industry, designing prints, textiles and developing products for children. I now work as a freelance illustrator and make a variety of work under my own name. Some of the things that I make can be found in my etsy shop and in galleries and stores around Australia.