I grew up in West Auckland and studied philosophy at the University of Auckland, graduating with a Master of Arts, and now live on Stewart Island. I have studied printmaking with Lynn Taylor and Vincent Drane. I draw on influences as diverse as John Pule, Jasper Johns, Anna Atkins, Robert Rauschenberg, Jo Ogier and Richard Killeen. Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the unrelenting slide towards entropy inherent in the human condition. What starts out as triumph soon becomes debased into a cacophony of distress, leaving only a sense of chaos and the unlikelihood of a new reality. My work explores the relationship Southlanders have with the ocean and their place in a multicultural 'new' New Zealand. I have used nautical charts and printmaking, embossing and wax encaustic techniques to create these works. Being a Southlander is a battle for order in the chaos at the edge of the 'known world'. Rudyard Kipling wrote of Auckland "Last, loneliest, loveliest, exquisite, apart" (Song of the Cities) but these words also fit Stewart Island very well. To ‘stand upright’ in this place requires a balance between land and sea, and an acceptance that entropy will always win.