My art explores two main themes, the sea and landscape, and my experience of living with a neuropathic disease called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) which I developed in 2008; the inability of words to express the lived pain experience is the catalyst for my art about pain series of work.
A lot of my work is inspired by memories and drawings of the landscape as seen from Level 5, Epworth Geelong hospital during regular stays for pain management infusions. This is a time when for many hours I can sit and really observe the sun rising, the changing colours of the sky, the passing clouds and atmospheric changes. It is also a time to reflect on many aspects of life and for 7 days this becomes a huge part of my world.
Sometimes my abstract landscapes become metaphors for the lived pain experience as often reflected in the titles; e.g. ‘Room 504’refers to a large single room that I am often given, it has huge windows and the views across the landscape are panoramic and spectacular.
I also make regular sketches of the landscape in the Grampians region where I live from One Tree Hill, Ararat, it is a location where I feel a reconnection with the senses every time I visit. When I return to my studio I use drawings, photos and memories as a catalyst for new work. The drawings act as a physical connection to the moments experienced but I let my art materials and my mood guide the work. I enjoy printing unique states rather than editions because I find this fosters my sense of experimentation and keeps the work lively and the process exciting.
My art has often been a response to world events and in the summer of 2020 I produced a body of work expressing the devastating impact of the massive bushfires burning out of control in Australia; this theme continues to weave itself into some of my new work. When COVID 19 came along I started exploring ways to express the changed world we now live in and I am still searching.
I work in my home based studio in Ararat, the internet serves as a means of social interaction and feedback with other artists and is invaluable. The support and feedback I receive from my husband John Eagle is also an important part of my creative development.