The Enchanted City
MFA by Research, 2012
Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne, Australia
The Enchanted City: A study of the creative potential of the 'incidental' in the urban environment
First class honours and winner of the Fiona Myer Award, 2012
With the support of an Endeavour Europe Award (from the Australian Department of Education) I was privileged to spend 18-months undertaking a Masters in Fine Art (by Research) at the Victorian College of Arts (Melbourne, Australia) between 2011-12.
Weaving together the themes explored throughout my two-year MFA research project, the final exhibition took the form of a journey through overlooked material and physical aspects of our everyday urban environment. Detailed observational drawings were brought to life in a sculptural installation: celebrating both decorative and symbolic aspects of urban nature and the fabric of the City. Coated in a rich velveteen flock, the theme of darkness permeated throughout the works on display. Within this 'enchanted' environment the viewer was invited to immerse himself/herself within a kind of three-dimensional illustrated storybook; and encouraged to explore the hidden world of wonder that might reveal itself on an everyday commute across the City...
A copy of my accompanying thesis can be viewed via this link.
Image credit: Paul Adair
My MFA studies were conducted under the supervision of the brilliant, endlessly supportive and completely inspirational Dr Kate Daw (1965-2020). Kate was not only an incredible artist and mentor, but also a truly wonderful friend. Her loss has been deeply felt by so many in the art world and beyond; but her inspirational work and teaching, wisdom, kindness and generosity of spirit continue to resonate and unfold in the hearts of all of those whose lives she has touched. Kate's lasting influence will live with me always.