‘Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters and thy footsteps are not known.’
The vast, deep, restless ocean is the perfect representation of fears, hope, mystery and power. The pelagic symbol gives expression to those forces, before which we are so relatively powerless. Its stormy waves and silent under-tows symbolize the world of things over which we have no control. Within that world creatures alternately thrive and wither. The fish of the sea exult in their surroundings. They swim in unison, following unknown codes, in perfect harmony, only to blindly scatter, flop and flounder in fishers’ nets, no longer part of a perfect group: disarrayed, displayed, gutted and glassy-eyed.
For this series I chose to work symbolically and graphically, I painted fish in white (positive), black (negative) and grey (the variation between the two extremes). Colour was used as a point of entry and departure from the core of my investigation. I painted fish breaking out of, or living within, grids and boxes. The grids/boxes representing the supposed safety and constraints of the discrete units that makes up our society.
The passing of time brings age and an acceptance to the pelagic progression of which we are each a small but significant part.
“I so wish”
Said the fish
In the ocean.”
1997 Certificate IV Small Business Management, University of NSW
1984 Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Art Studies at City Art Institute.
1978 Diploma in Art / Education at Alexander Mackie Teachers College.
2018 Pelagic Journey, Thienny Lee Gallery, Sydney
2015 Solo Exhibition, Arts Cool Double Bay.
2013 Group Show, Arts Cool Double Bay.
2011 Solo Exhibition, Arts Cool Double Bay.
2009 Exhibition, Queens Park Art School (QPAS).
2007 Group Show, QPAS.
2005 Pelagic Progression, opened by the Mayor of Waverley, Peter Moscat, QPAS.
2003 Portrait, Solo Exhibition, QPAS.
2001 More Fish, Solo Exhibition, QPAS.
1999 Portia Geach Memorial Prize, Finalist, S H Ervin Gallery.
1998 Studio Exhibition, QPAS
1997 Group show, Howard Leonard Gallery, Darlinghurst.
1996 Studio Exhibition, QPAS.
1995 Fish, Gaia Gallery, Paddington, Solo Exhibition.
1993 Sanctuary Studio Café, Solo Exhibition, Surry Hills.
1992 Tami Does Tamworth Solo Exhibition, Jan Taylor Gallery, Annandale.
1992 Chocolate Ginger, Solo Exhibition, Newington Gallery, Newington School.
1992 Tami Does Tamworth, Terra Australis Gallery Fitzroy, Melbourne.
1991 Tami Does Tamworth, Weswal Gallery, Tamworth Country Music Festival.
1987 Group Show No. 7 painting, Access Gallery, Glebe, Sydney.
1985 Poets Union, requested to perform prose, Performance Space, Sydney.
1985 Transformer Meets Barbie, week on women and performance.
1985 Putting on an Act, the Performance Space, Sydney.
1983 Group Exhibition, Butchers Gallery, Darlinghurst.
1983 Clothes Shock, Art Empire Industry, Darlinghurst.
1982 Flare Performance with Richard Boulez at Arthur Boyd’s Farm, Bundanoon.
1982 Sydney Harbour Bridge 50th Anniversary, Group Exhibition, AGNSW.
1982 4th Biennale of Sydney, five artists erected hoax painting, AGNSW.
1975 Designed sculpture ‘The Apprentice of the Year Award’ for the AAEC.
Articles and References to Artist Work
2004 Art in the Studio, The Wentworth Courier.
2000 Art in the Park, The Wentworth Courier, March.
1999 Portia Geach Memorial Prize, Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian.
1998 Channel 7 News, Special Feature about my art work.
1992 Prime TV News, Tamworth, 19 January 1992.
1992 Festival Characters Catch Kim’s Eye, Northern Daily Leader, 21/1/92 .
1992 Senior Arts and Crafts Success, the Western Suburbs Courier, 17 /3/92.
1986 Putting on an Act-Performance Femininity, British Performance mag. Art Network magazine, page 10 and 11.
1983 Artists Images of Sydney Bewildering in Their Variety, Terence Maloon, the SMH 4/2/83
1982 Women and Art, Craft Council of NSW, Special Issue for the Women and Art Festival, page 1 and 11, 20/5/82
1982 Hoax painting, 4th Biennale, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19/5/82