We are late

  Large craggy constructions are propped by rickety stakes, strange militaristic shapes shoot by, pipes and planks are raised and swivel in a magnetic impasse, explosions momentarily hold their breath; all forms charting the looming certainty of the accident. Advertisements

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Indecent Haste

Indecent Haste (The Restructure Part 3). This series investigates a prevalent occurrence throughout varied work places in New Zealand / Aotearoa,  – ‘the restructure’. The intention is to describe the process of poorly handled change management, the psychological weaponry used and the ill informed reckonings […]

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Vesuvius and you

Vesuvius and You Part 2 (The Restructure). An elaborate game of tactic – but mostly chance – is being had. We see lazy dog bombs, menhirs, ice bergs, broken boats, spears, figureheads formed out of red clay dug up from the volcano closest to where […]

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Taipei

This series of drawings was produced at the Taipei Artist Village Residency Programme in January 2013. The project was about reacting to the site & ideally arriving at a series of distilled or essential qualities, without recourse to the literal. Taipei is a very complicated […]

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Gully

  I began this series by documenting (with photography) areas of Oakley Creek (Auckland, New Zealand) near where I work and live. The site is of historical and environmental import. I was especially interested in the Mount Albert end where the restoration is not yet […]

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Celanie

Celanie (2012) Celanie: Poems & Drawings after Paul Celan. Poems by Jack Ross & Drawings by Emma Smith. Introduction by Jack Ross. Afterword by Bronwyn Lloyd. ISBN: 978-0-473-22484-4. Pania Samplers, 3. Auckland: Pania Press, 2012. 168 pp. [cover design: Ellen Portch / Cover image: Emma […]

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Blue club

Images of stillness and silence began to interest me . These works were painted mostly at night in the winter time. My studio at the time, had large windows and the colours of fading light  and silhouetted forms permeated the works.

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luddite love & the Doom Boom series

  The Valley Below, Luddite love and the Insulted and the Injured dealt with debt and reparation. Menhirs that look too close to dog shit made the foundations of a house, truncated limbs ( trees or otherwise) lay scattered in the valley, acme explosives, gothic […]

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skin & The dark row of the roofs

Working on paper has always been a staple – the Personality of things is still a concern albeit less obviously here . As always there is a concern that things appear to be certainly something but uncertainly something specific . There are collage elements – […]

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Mein Liebeswald Krankenhaus

Works from series Mein leibes Krankenhaus  were completed in London in 2006 and 2007.They were in some part based on my imaginings of a strange strip of forest behind my sister’s house in Koenigstein (near Frankfurt) .I went there often . Mostly the works that survived […]

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