My art practise is based upon two simple things.
Paper and clay.
I create and fire paperclay sculptures, and carve compressed paper sculptures.
My ceramic paperclay work is an attempt to illustrate this on-going interest in the organisation of the arts and crafts, and society.
I am inspired by architecture and local plants, while trying to suggest the cycles, rigidities and dynamic nature of our society, and myself.
My compressed paper sculptures are a by-product of office work, research, everyday correspondence and junk mail. Since 1994 it has been a way to create silence in a world of information overload. Despite the promise of the "paperless office" we still keep paper to hand and it can become a symbol of emotional attachment and a link with loved ones.
After my first demonstration in 1993, I begun to receive regular requests for workshops and demonstrations. The number of requests has been consistent for the last decade, at about a dozen per year. I accept most interstate and overseas requests, but with a young family I have had to limit these to two months per year.
Paper Clay and Paper sculptures:
PAPER CLAY is any clay, with processed cellulose fibre (paper the most common) added. It behaves and fires normally but is a stronger dry clay. It enables dry-to-dry clay joins.
A new aesthetic emerges from combining paper and clay traditions.
1993- to date 200+ Professional, National, Community, Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Educational workshops in Australia, Scotland, Wales, England, USA, Canada, Lithuania, Hungary, Singapore, Pakistan, Norway. Turkey, Sweden.
1995 Bachelor of Arts (Arts)(Hons.) Curtin University
1994 Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) Edith Cowan University
2007, 2006, 2004 Artsflight Grant ArtsWA
2002 New Work Grant Australia Council
2001 Sculptural Award City of Wanneroo
1999 Pat Corrigan Artist Grant NAVA / Australia Council
1998 New Work Grant ArtsWA
1996 First Prize: Works with Paper City of Wanneroo
Invitation / Selected Exhibitions
2014 Dublin Biennial, Ireland
2014 Here & Now 14, Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, Uni WA, Australia
2013 Florence Biennale, Firenze, Tuscany, Italy
2012 Unfold, Forty Five Downstairs Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
2011 Sustainable ceramic art and design Frölunda, Gothenburg
2011 Sweden Nina Hole: Friends and Fire-mates Guldagergaard Ceramics Center Denmark
2010 Paperclay Today (International) Laguna Beach, California USA
2009 Paperartzi'09 NewArts(Inc) + City of Albany
2009 Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe Beach. WA
2009 Installation, Mandurah Stretch Festival Falcon eLibrary
2009 Castaways Sculpture Awards Rockingham Foreshore
2009 Redeeming the ruin (touring) Four Regional Art Galleries VIC
2009 Beyond the Nullabor Gallery Adagio Glebe, Sydney NSW
2008 Solo Moores Building, Fremantle
2008 Redeeming the ruin (touring) Two Latrobe Regional Gallery VIC
2008 Artbound Sculpture Award Southbound, Busselton
2008 Sculpture by the Sea Cottesloe Beach, WA
2008 Melville Sculpture Walk Piney Lakes, WA
2008 Form Gallery Christchurch City Art Gallery NZ
2008 5000 Book installation Falcon Library, Mandurah, WA
2007 Celebration Manly Art Gallery and Museum NSW
2007 40 Contemporary Artists CoCA, Christchurch NZ
2007 Phrygia Eskisehir Anadolu University Turkey
2007 Paperartzi Town Hall Lawn, Albany
2006 Paper Works Ino Paper Museum, Ino, Kochi Japan
2006 Solo National Collage of Arts, Lahore Pakistan
2005 Beyond Earth Manly Art Gallery and Museum NSW
2004 Paperclay International Ceramics Studio Hungary
2003 Demonatrator's Exhibition National Ceramics Conference VIC
2002 Holland Paper Biennial Museum Rijswijk Holland
2002 International Symposium Panevezys Lithuania
2002 Books 2002 Noosa Reginal Art Gallery QLD
2001 On Paper Craft Council London
2001 Guest Artists International Ceramics Festival Wales
2000 Paper Clay Plus Crawford Arts Centre Scotland
1999 Solo Mura Gallery, Sydney, NSW
1999 Ceramics in WA 1970 - 1999 Lawrence Wilson Gallery, UWA
1998 National Sculpture Forum High Court of Australia ACT
1998 New Voices in Clay Manly Art Gallery and Museum, NSW
1997 Read my Lips Fremantle Arts Centre
1996 5th Australian Contemporary Art Fair Melbourne, VIC
1995 Hatched: National Graduates Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
2009 Paper and pencil State Library of WA, Northbridge
2008 Living Sculpture Sculpture Walk, Northcliffe
2005/6 112 ceramic sculptures, Peppers Salt Resort & Spa NSW
2005 22 paper sculptures Corporate Art, Brisbane QLD
2001 Oxford Street Park Seating Town of Vincent WA
2013 Gault, R., Paperclay: Art and Practice (New Ceramics), Bloomsbury Publishing, London /Uni of Penn.
2012 Hooson, D., Quinn, A., The Workshop Guide to Ceramics: A Fully Illustrated Step-by-Step Manual, Barron's Ed. Series, UK
2010 Snyder, J.B., Ceramics Today Schiffer Publishing USA
2008 Tardio-Brise, L., La terre-papier, techniques et création Eyrolles, Paris France
2005 Gault, R. Paper Clay (2nd Ed) Uni of Pennsylvania Press, USA
2003 Mattison, S., The Complete Potter Quarto Publishing UK
2002 Peterson, S., Working with Clay (2nd Ed.) Prentice Hall USA
2002 Tourtillott, S., 500 Teapots Lark Books USA
2002 Gentenaar, P.(Ed),Tijdloos papier Wim Findhammer Holland
2001 Thomas, J. & Jackson, P., On Paper: New paper art Merrell UK
2000 Lightwood, A, Paperclay and other clay additives Crowood Press UK
1998 Gault, R. Paper Clay A & Black UK
CS Museion Kecskemet (Hungary),
Panevezys City Art Gallery(Lithuania),
Art Gallery of Western Australia,
Town of Vincent, State Library of Western Australia,
City of Mandurah, Consular to Australia (Germany),
The Fink Collection (Minneapolis, USA, via NY Curator),
Anadolu University Museum of Contemporary Arts (Turkey)