This sombre Edwardian child is Mavis Doreen Wilson (1908-1918), my ancestor from Tinwald, near Ashburton, who died at age nine from scarlet fever. Her photograph torments me. I want to step in and help her.

This sombre Edwardian child is Mavis Doreen Wilson (1908-1918), my ancestor from Tinwald, near Ashburton, who died at age nine from scarlet fever. Her photograph torments me. I want to step in and help her.

Here’s my latest reworking of some political propaganda that came through the letterbox this week. 

Here’s my latest reworking of some political propaganda that came through the letterbox this week. 

I’ve been spending a lot of time ferreting through boxes of old photographs and found this small collage that I made in 1992. It’s of my head as a Christmas wreath on our front door, inspired by a Perry Como album cover. My expression and the frosted lipstick scare me slightly, although I think they were meant to be funny.

I’ve been spending a lot of time ferreting through boxes of old photographs and found this small collage that I made in 1992. It’s of my head as a Christmas wreath on our front door, inspired by a Perry Como album cover. My expression and the frosted lipstick scare me slightly, although I think they were meant to be funny.

I was delighted to recently find this photograph of my great-great-grandparents, Walter and Bridget Candy, taken around 1910. They look tough and frugal amid the scrubby backblocks of Hawera, South Taranaki.

I was delighted to recently find this photograph of my great-great-grandparents, Walter and Bridget Candy, taken around 1910. They look tough and frugal amid the scrubby backblocks of Hawera, South Taranaki.

Here’s Pipe Face Prototype and Pipe Study (both 2008) at Peter McLeavey Pop-up Gallery in Wellington. 
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Here’s Pipe Face Prototype and Pipe Study (both 2008) at Peter McLeavey Pop-up Gallery in Wellington. 

I’ve started shooting transparency film on an 8x10 camera just to see what will happen. Here’s Sand Forms, 2014. It will be in the upcoming show at Peter McLeavey Gallery’s pop-up space.

I’ve started shooting transparency film on an 8x10 camera just to see what will happen. Here’s Sand Forms, 2014. It will be in the upcoming show at Peter McLeavey Gallery’s pop-up space.

I’m going to Edinburgh tomorrow; ten of my new Ethical Minorities (Vegans) portraits and two of my video works are in the Edinburgh Art Festival. Above: Vegan Portrait 16.

I’m going to Edinburgh tomorrow; ten of my new Ethical Minorities (Vegans) portraits and two of my video works are in the Edinburgh Art Festival. Above: Vegan Portrait 16.

It’s election year in New Zealand and an inundation of political propaganda is about to spout forth. I’m going to re-imagine the material as it appears in my letterbox. First up, the Conservative Party.

It’s election year in New Zealand and an inundation of political propaganda is about to spout forth. I’m going to re-imagine the material as it appears in my letterbox. First up, the Conservative Party.

I’m obsessed with Bejeweled Ice Storm now. It feels authentically frosty.

I’m obsessed with Bejeweled Ice Storm now. It feels authentically frosty.