I undertook my visual arts PhD at VCA, The University of Melbourne. My PhD was entitled ‘beautiful little dead things: empathy, witnessing, trauma and animals’ suffering’. During this research I investigated the role of empathy and trauma in relation to witnessing and bearing witness to animals’ suffering, specifically as it affected my sculptural practice. The precarious nature of empathy, and the ability of sculpture to bear witness to the co-existent visibility and invisibility of animals continues to be central to my practice.
My focus on the plight of dairy cattle continues in my current series of works Untitled [udder-ness].