"This work is an interpretation of the place I currently call home, in Southland. I am however, not from here, being born in Dunedin and since having lived various fragmented lives in many places all over the country. To me, ‘home’ has had many different shapes and forms over the past two decades, as my family and I have moved between many different regions of New Zealand – never lingering long enough to truly establish a single place of great significance.
The idea of the work was to express how fragile ‘place’ can be in the context of ‘home’, which is why I decided to paint in a manner that left every feature to appear either unfinished, or fading away. This reflects my experience of what home has been to me thus far, but I think the painting also contains the longing to finally call something, or someplace my home. I think it also possesses the understanding that ‘home’ is actually quite loose in its definition. It can be a place, yes, but it can also be who you’re with, it can be what you do, and it can simply be a feeling that you have, that you don’t want to part with. I am not entirely sure which it is to me at the moment, or what I am searching for, but I will keep looking nonetheless."