I grew up on a 5 acre hobby farm on the outskirts of the small town of Rotorua, Aotearoa (New Zealand.) During my childhood, I occupied my time by catching tadpoles, watching fly struck sheep slowly die during childbirth and hiding in my bedroom. Some of my achievements during my early years were to push my toddler brother through an electric fence to escape a charging bull, making the morbid but important scientific discovery that if you remove a snail’s shell it does not become a slug and achieving status as an all-powerful super-being who went by the intimidating moniker, “Rainbow Ghost”.
During my teenage years my main hobbies were making heaps of dirty and hormonally angsty art, having awkward sex and continuing to hide in my bedroom. I didn’t graduate high school but it’s ok because I did four years of art school instead! In 2006 I received my Advanced Diploma in Art and Design from Waiariki Institute of Technology in Rotorua, Aoteroa. In 2007, I received my Masters in Fine Art from RMIT in Naarm (Melbourne,) Australia. This, of course, lead me down a secure and lucrative career path of working in credit card debt collection and porn until I made the bold decision to become unemployed and very much disabled for seven years with a chronic pain condition in my arms called Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. In 2018 I underwent a couple of surgeries where I had muscles cut and pesky ribs removed so I’m now working on rehabilitating my body with my physiotherapist and am slowly moving back into a career in the arts, though I still suffer from some chronic pain and still identify as disabled.
My visual art has been exhibited in New Zealand and Australia and is part of private collections all over the place. I’ve dabbled in ethically minded feminist porn for over ten years and appeared in a documentary on kink and intimacy, Love Hard. I produced and starred in a musical comedy show entitled Slutmonster and Friends which won an award, got nominated for another one and could be described as a surreal, hyper-sexual musical autobiography. Because I am a slut. And a monster. My most recent comedy project is a demented new web series, Trying My Best which you should watch because I think it’s really quite good. Through my performance work, I have developed an interest in physical theatre and have recently received training in Red Nose Clown and Bouffon from Giovanni Fusetti and Pedro Fabio. I am also regularly studying Japanese dance theatre, Butoh, with Yumi Umiumare and recently took part in the collaborative productions “Colour Fool” in March 2021 and “Odd Hours” in May 2021 as part of the ButohOUT! Festival. Basically, I’m a multidisciplinary artist with a voracious appetite for exploring new forms of expression. Or maybe it’s my ADHD.
In regards to the conceptual stuff of art making… my work tends to deal with notions of kitsch, nature, climate anxiety, concepts of “otherness”, alienation, gender, sexuality, deviance, pornography, the monstrous feminine, lust, fear, the beautiful, grotesque, lowbrow and abject. Climate activism is increasingly becoming a driving force in my art practice and I’m driven by the belief that art can be medicine. I like boobs, coral, genitals, colours that burn your eyeballs and long walks on the beach looking for mermaid corpses.
The squalid is sublime. The gutter is my homeland.
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