I grew up in the Blue Mountains and studied visual arts at the University of Western Sydney. I currently live in Croydon Park, near the Cooks River, in Sydney’s inner west. I work with performance video and make machines that engage different parts of the body in the process drawing and writing. In 2002–03 I spent a year and a half in Mexico with the assistance of the Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Scholarship. I maintain strong connections to Mexican art and activist culture. I completed my doctorate in 2009; my thesis considered the relationship between art and neuroscience, with a particular focus on gesture and linguistic embodiment. I work part time in web and media production for the Writing and Society Research Centre at Western Sydney University where I’ve had the opportunity to shoot and edit a new production of one of Samuel Beckett’s films and a documentary about the about the author Gerald Murnane. I am also a casual lecturer in the drawing department at the National Art School, Sydney.


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– PhD, University of Western Sydney. Thesis title- Gestural Sense: art neuroscience and linguistic embodiment, graduated 2009.
-BA (fine arts) First Class Honours, University of Western Sydney, graduated 2003.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

-Threshold, in collaboration with Sean O’Connell and Paul Greedy, 55 Sydenham Road, Sydney, August-September 2016
-Standing Wave, William Wright Artist Projects, Sydney, October 2015
-Wave Form, Articulate Project Space, Sydney, April-May 2015
-Dimensions of Line: I/O U in material thought, MOP gallery, Sydney, January-February 2014
-This Place Meant (pretext), Pelt, Sydney, July 2006
-Suddenly Experiencing Duration, Performance, Wednesday 26th October 2005, Artspace, Sydney.
-Dysfunctional Grammars, NTU, Singapore, December 2004.
-Rewriting, Centro de Difusion Cultural, la UNACH, Tuxtla, Mexico, November 2004

Selected Group Exhibitions

-The Drawing Exchange, Adelaide Cenral School of Art, August-September 2017
-Art Without Agency, Curated by Jane Theau,  Ewart Art Gallery, February-March 2017
-Paramor Prize (finalist), Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, February-April 2017
-Grace Cossington Smith Art Award (finalist), Grace Cossington Smith Gallery November-December 2016
-In Motion, Airspace Projects, Sydney, October 2016
-Primavera 2014, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, September-November 2014
-MAP Black Modular, curated by David Haines and Joyce Hinterding, Haines/Hinterding house, Lawson, 22 June 2014
-Close to Home, Curated by Rilka Oakley, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW, February-April 2013
-Cementa_13 Festival, Kandos, NSW, February 2013
-Origins 2 2012, William Wright Artists Projects, Sydney, December 2012
-Biodiversity and the Arts, The Australian Museum, Sydney, September 2010.
-Non Compos Mentis, Centro Cultural Border, Mexico City, Mexico, August-September 2010
-Breathing Space, Curated by Brendan Prenzer, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, September-October 2009.
-Showing Off: New Media Survey, Curated by Danial Kojta, Bathurst Regional Gallery, August-September 2009.
-Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Curated by Imants Tillers, Mosman Art Gallery, November 2008.
-Between You and Me, Curated by Anneke Jaspers, Firstdraft, Sydney, October-November 2007.
– Estudio Abierto, National Post Office Palace, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November – December 2006.
-Future of the imagination #2; live art meeting, Sculpture Square, Singapore, December 2004
– Performagia, performance art festival, El Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City) and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico,  22nd of March – 3rd of April, 2004.
-Softhardanger, Artspace, Sydney, December 2002
-The Moment Forever, Lewers Regional Gallery, Emu Plains, September 2002
-Helen Lempriere Travelling Art Prize, Artspace, Sydney, July 2002
-Hatched; national graduates exhibition, PICA, Perth, March 2001

Prizes and Awards

-‘New Work’ grant (mid-career), Australia Council for the Arts, 2014.
-‘New Work’ grant (emerging), Australia Council for the Arts,  2007.
-Australian Postgraduate Award,  February 2005-February 2008.
-Helen Lempriere Traveling Art Scholarship, Helen Lempriere Trustees and the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts, 2002.

Publications and Film Credits

-Review essay, “What Matters: Staying with the Trouble by Donna Haraway”, The Sydney Review of Books, 7 April 2017.
-Article, “What’s in a name? Death and Remembering in Mexico”, The Sydney Review of Books, 4 December 2015.
-Feature article “James Turrell’s Within without: a users guide”, The Sydney Review of Books, 1 August 2014
-Feature article “The Curse of Formalism”, The Sydney Review of Books, 10 September 2013.
-Article “Postulates of Brain Sculpting” ACUADS conference proceedings, 2011.
-Chapter “Difficult Sense” published in the book Literature and Sensation, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009. Republished in Short Story Criticism.
-Article “Conversing Through Mirrors”, published in Runway issue 11, 2008.
-Director of photography and editor, Samuel Beckett’s What Where (directed by Walter Asmus)
-Director and Editor, Mental Places: a conversation with Gerald Murnane


-Associate artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida, studying with master artist Carolee Schneemann, March, 2004.
-Reskin Wearable technology workshop, ANU School of Art, Canberra, January-Febuary 2007.
-Artist in Residence, Serial Space, Sydney, February 2010.

Artist | Writer | Filmmaker