What led you to becoming an artist, and creating art in so many different mediums?
I actually never had any intention of becoming an artist, I sort of fell into it during uni. I was studying photography at UTS and a lot of my tutors were artists so I became excited about how art could be used to explore different themes and complex ideas whilst also creating visibility for different cultures and identities. My practice is very theme and idea orientated so I often will change the medium to what I think suits the work best.
What are you currently up to?
I have a day job as an assistant registrar at the White Rabbit gallery storage facility 4 days a week. It’s the perfect day job because I'm not stuck behind a desk all day and I get exposed to a lot of Chinese contemporary art which is always very inspiring. I’ve been slowly scaling back my art practice and trying to focus more on screenwriting (which is what I originally wanted to do before uni) so I normally try to get some writing in everyday when I can. I’m currently writing a play that centres on a lesbian couple grappling with the crumbling of their relationship through the lens of a multiverse/time travelling genre.
What do you hope to do in the future?
I’ve been slowly trying to transition into screenwriting, so I hope to eventually have opportunities to explore that path so that I can help create more representation for mixed race identity issues and queerness.
What is your favourite piece of yours and why?
It’s always changing but at the moment my favourite work is Oriental Futures. I think the cinematic aspect of it really excites me but I also love how versatile it’s becoming as a work and I love dreaming up different ways that it may be installed.
What do you hope viewers get out of your artworks?
I’m happy if viewers make any sort of connection with my work, whether that be something significant like a shared personal experience or something as little as just recognising the source material I'm referencing. I see art as a way to tell a story. Maybe it's a story you know very well and strikes a chord in your heart or maybe the story is completely out of your hemisphere but you’re along for the ride anyway. Whenever you put anything out in the world to be seen, you can never control what an audience will respond to, so I’m really genuinely happy when viewers have any connection or reaction to my work at all.
If money and time wasn’t an issue, what would your dream creative project be?
That is a BIG question! Who knows? That's almost too hard to fathom! I’d probably build myself an island and fill it with dogs! But in all seriousness, it is often the less time and the less money we have that generates the most creative and unique ideas. Restrictions breed ingenuity, they force us to problem solve in a big way and they also force us to make instinctive decisions.