Friday, October 31, 2008


I found these two headless Buddha statues during the inorganic trash collection a few weeks ago. Decapitating the two Barbie dolls was a bizarre experience!!
........if only Barbie could find the Buddah within herself.......
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008


My tomato plant on Labour Day 2008 - almost 6 foot tall & still growing!!
Over 60 flowers with five tomatoes so far.
Planted in a plastic bucket I got from the trash.
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Sunday, October 19, 2008


Last May I spent a couple of weeks at Coromandel town touring the annual arts trail. I stayed at a beach-side campground in my van, & spent several pleasant hours beachcombing. On one walk I filled my carry-bag with these knots of plastic rope. They wash ashore from the many mussel & oyster farms out in the bay.
Here I have arranged them on a picnic table in the quintessential polynesian form of a lei.
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Friday, October 17, 2008



The lady who bought my “Flip Flop Fish” assemblage commissioned an Eco-Game from me. This one is entitled “I can’t hear you” or “Communication Breakdown” - fans of ‘Get Smart’ may well recognise the episode depicted here!
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Another readymade - I found this fantastic piece of signage by the local creek (Taiaotea = “ocean of clouds”). It has the most beautiful aged surface - the white paint has crazed revealing blue & pink beneath.


I decided that my copper fish hook was a bit boring in plain black, so I sanded off the high points then applied some verdigris chemicals.
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I found this piece of a willow-pattern plate on the beach the other day, & have made it into a pendant with some solder & a jump-ring. What a fantastic find!
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Tuesday, October 14, 2008


Yesterday, in the company of several other artists I visited “Rannoch” - the home of the James Wallace Arts Trust & some of its collection in Mt Eden. The house & garden are crammed with all sorts of works by NZ artists.
Of particular interest to me was the “crashed” aeroplane - it reminded me of the derelict Sunderland I used to play in as a child at Hobsonville Aerodrome, & of the haunting sights I saw in the Solomons of WWII aircraft wreckage in the jungle.

Thursday, October 09, 2008



These fascinating objects have been collected on the beach here in Browns Bay.
I am reading an 18th Century book on archaeology & found this description of “thunderbolts” which I feel suits my finds very well:
“After close scientific examination I have concluded that they are formed by an admixture of a certain exhalation of thunder and lightning with metallic matter in dark clouds, which is coagulated by the circumfused moisture and coagulated in a mass (like flour with water) and subsequently indurated like a brick”.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Monday, October 06, 2008


Yesterday I facilitated another school holiday class at the Lakehouse (
This time the children built marble runs from recycled cardboard & plastic. They all concentrated hard for the whole day & hopefully learned some skills. My next class will be an adult workshop on making art from recycled, found, & reclaimed materials, entitled “Let’s Talk Rubbish” in mid-November.

Saturday, October 04, 2008


Every year there is a competition for artwork for the cover of the telephone book in each city in NZ. Here is my entry for Auckland.
Entitled “Flip Flop Fish Family” I have tried to sum up the “feel” of Auckland - family life, beach fun, recreational fishing, our casual lifestyle (many people go barefoot or simply wear jandals), the tapa design border references the large Polynesian population, & the Chinese text (“Give Thanks for the Abundance of Heaven”) refers to the growing Asian influence here.
The backing is a piece of a real-estate sign - as elsewhere there has been a greedy property scramble - which has thankfully collapsed for a while.
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I entered this work into a major art competition here in Auckland last week - the North Shore City Art Awards 2008 -so far I have been accepted to submit the piece for the second selection round.
The theme of the exhibition is “Earth, Wind & Sky”.
My work is entitled “Headland” & is 36inx20in. It’s a section of a blue drum I found, cut to shape & flattened out. The blue is sky, the scratches are suggestive of land forms, & the white stripe which I have painted represents a yacht mast.
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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Recycled Art Class

Yesterday I facilitated a school-holiday workshop for a group of children at the Lakehouse Community Arts Centre in Takapuna. We made several objects from recycled materials: a clock, a fridge-magnet, a key-ring, a brooch, & a robot.