Category Archives: Art by Asphyxia

Only one more week to see my exhibition, Love Lies and Indoctrination

My exhibition, Love, Lies and Indoctrination, is currently on at Lismore Regional Gallery (11 Rural St, Lismore) until this Sunday 21 November 2021. Only one more week to see it!

You can also see the exhibition online here.

*Auslan Interpreted
*Wheelchair accessible venue

About the Exhibition

An exploration of the strange customs of our society and the challenge of belonging, when we can’t or won’t follow those customs, perhaps due to feminist ideals, chronic illness, disability, queer identity, or just disagreeing with them.

It’s easy for us to assume that many social conventions are just the natural way of things, and yet when you look closely, many are quite bizarre. Are they healthy for us? Should we find another way to live? These are the questions Asphyxia’s artworks hope to provoke and explore through the unique lens of being Deaf, queer, chronically ill and needing to use a wheelchair.

All the artworks were created digitally on my iPad, while lying in bed. It’s amazing what you can do on an iPad these days – I made brushes that look amazingly real, just like oil paint. Printed onto enormous canvases, the quality is incredible. One of the great perks of working digitally is that the iPad captures a video of my process. Check out this video to see how I painted the artwork, Groomed To Accept A Life Of Corporate Slavery.

If you know anyone who might like to see this, please send them the link.

Don’t forget to check out my exhibition, Love, Lies and Indoctrination

When I became bedbound in early 2020, I missed painting. I was in the middle of learning a new technique of painting with oils, and I was really excited about it. I channeled Frida Kahlo, and managed to figure out a set up that would allow me to paint in bed. While the set up was good, unfortunately I just didn’t have the energy to paint. By the time I’d set out my colours and mixed them, I was wrecked. For a time, I gave up and lay listless, watching while my girlfriend painted.

My friend Hoki reminded me that I could paint on the iPad, using Procreate. I had bought one – a good solution for painting in bed. But the problem was, I found it unsatisfying. I had various techniques I liked to use for real life paintings but I couldn’t replicate them on the iPad. The paint looked fake. It lacked the texture and depth that delighted me. Hoki was not to be put off. He challenged me about exactly what I wanted, and in the end, the two of us collaborated and created new brushes for Procreate that nailed exactly the effects I wanted, rich with texture. Using what I learnt from Hoki, I created myself a pair of brushes that replicated the oil painting style I had been working on learning, and to my delight, I was able to continue where I had left off when I became so ill.

I worked in tiny bursts whenever I could find the energy, visually pouring out my frustrations with my illness, and gradually expanding into a type of social commentary that reflected what was on my mind. The result was my exhibition, Love, Lies and Indoctrination.

It’s on at Lismore Regional Gallery (11 Rural St Lismore) until Sunday 21 November 2021, or you can view it online here.

*Auslan Interpreted
*Wheelchair accessible venue

About the Exhibition::


An exploration of the strange customs of our society and the challenge of belonging, when we can’t or won’t follow those customs, perhaps due to feminist ideals, chronic illness, disability, queer identity, or just disagreeing with them.
It’s easy for us to assume that many social conventions are just the natural way of things, and yet when you look closely, many are quite bizarre. Are they healthy for us? Should we find another way to live? These are the questions Asphyxia’s artworks hope to provoke and explore through the unique lens of being Deaf, queer, chronically ill and needing to use a wheelchair.

Love, Lies and Indoctrination – exhibition opens today!

My art exhibition opens today!!

If you’re in Northern Rivers, Australia, come to the opening at Lismore Regional Gallery at 5.30pm today. It’s at 11 Rural St, Lismore, and is Auslan interpreted and wheelchair accessible.

Places are free but limited due to Covid so register your interest here. If you already registered but can’t come, please cancel to free your space for others.

If you can’t come in person, the exhibition is available online here. At the end, you’ll find a video about my process in creating the artworks, so be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom.

The exhibition is open until Sunday 21 November 2021.

About the Exhibition:

An exploration of the strange customs of our society and the challenge of belonging, when we can’t or won’t follow those customs, perhaps due to feminist ideals, chronic illness, disability, queer identity, or just disagreeing with them.

It’s easy for us to assume that many social conventions are just the natural way of things, and yet when you look closely, many are quite bizarre. Are they healthy for us? Should we find another way to live? These are the questions Asphyxia’s artworks hope to provoke and explore through the unique lens of being Deaf, queer, chronically ill and needing to use a wheelchair.

If you know anyone who might like to see this, please forward them the link.

Many thanks, and hope to see you there!

Bird Girl

Bird girl is surrounded by all the birds she loves, in a rich, vibrant and stormy landscape. She’s in her element. For me birds are about flight, about courage to take a leap and try something new and different and scary. I think of Bird Girl as being full of that courage.

If you’d like it, this original artwork is available in my shop here.

Vive Opus

‘Vive opus’ means the greatest creation of our lives. For me, that has to be the home – a place of sanctuary, a place we return to each day. Our home life, both the building itself and the routines carried out within, need to be carefully curated, chosen for comfort and beauty and health and pleasure. Living small can be a valuable part of this – less to maintain, less chaos, less expense and thus less need to work. The result: more leisure time, more enjoyment.

If you’d like it, this original artwork is available in my shop here.

Love, Lies and Indoctrination – an exhibition

I’m having an art exhibition! It’s called Love, Lies and Indoctrination, and it will be both online, and hosted by Lismore Regional Gallery.

Opens Friday 29 October 2021.
On exhibition until Sunday 21 November 2021.
Lismore Regional Gallery 11 Rural St, Lismore.

*Auslan Interpreted
*Wheelchair accessible venue

About the Exhibition::
An exploration of the strange customs of our society and the challenge of belonging, when we can’t or won’t follow those customs, perhaps due to feminist ideals, chronic illness, disability, queer identity, or just disagreeing with them.
It’s easy for us to assume that many social conventions are just the natural way of things, and yet when you look closely, many are quite bizarre. Are they healthy for us? Should we find another way to live? These are the questions Asphyxia’s artworks hope to provoke and explore through the unique lens of being Deaf, queer, chronically ill and needing to use a wheelchair.

If you’d like to come to the opening at the gallery, register your interest for free here, as numbers are limited thanks to Covid.

If you’d like the link to the online exhibition when it goes live, sign up here and I will email you the link on the day.

I hope to see you there! If you know anyone who might like to see this, please send them the link.

Alone but whole

Have you ever chosen to spend your time with people you don’t really feel like being with, including family members, just so you won’t have to be alone? By learning to feel whole in ourselves, and embracing our aloneness, we free ourselves to enjoy our own company, to do the activities we would most like to do without negotiation, and to choose wisely who we spend our time with. It can be a difficult journey, encompassing loneliness and confronting the things we don’t like about ourselves. But it can also be incredibly rewarding. What a gift, to eventually find that your own, solo company is the most precious of all. Rather than choosing others in order to fill a gap within us, we can take the opposite approach: ‘When I spill over, I will need you to absorb my excess.’ What a lovely way to attract others to share the abundance of your self.

If you’d like it, this original artwork is available in my shop here.

I’ve been doing a tidy up and realised I have a bunch of original paintings on hand which I forgot to put in my Etsy shop. I’ve just listed them now. I’ve had a few emails from people asking when I will have new pieces available, so if you have been waiting, please check out my shop now.

Alone but whole

Have you ever chosen to spend your time with people you don’t really feel like being with, including family members, just so you won’t have to be alone? By learning to feel whole in ourselves, and embracing our aloneness, we free ourselves to enjoy our own company, to do the activities we would most like to do without negotiation, and to choose wisely who we spend our time with. It can be a difficult journey, encompassing loneliness and confronting the things we don’t like about ourselves. But it can also be incredibly rewarding. What a gift, to eventually find that your own, solo company is the most precious of all. Rather than choosing others in order to fill a gap within us, we can take the opposite approach: ‘When I spill over, I will need you to absorb my excess.’ What a lovely way to attract others to share the abundance of your self.

What I can give you

I believe the best gift anyone can give is their time and love. The simple cup of tea, offered routinely to guests, is really a message: ‘Please stay a while. I will give you my attention and chat to you while we sip slowly.’

Future Queen

We cherish and protect our little ones… who knows their destiny? Perhaps to be a queen some day?

Future Rabbit Queen

Bird Girl

Bird girl is surrounded by all the birds she loves, in a rich, vibrant and stormy landscape. She’s in her element. For me birds are about flight, about courage to take a leap and try something new and different and scary. I think of Bird Girl as being full of that courage.

Vive Opus

‘Vive opus’ means the greatest creation of our lives. For me, that has to be the home – a place of sanctuary, a place we return to each day. Our home life, both the building itself and the routines carried out within, need to be carefully curated, chosen for comfort and beauty and health and pleasure. Living small can be a valuable part of this – less to maintain, less chaos, less expense and thus less need to work. The result: more leisure time, more enjoyment.

I’m also really curious to know, of these pieces, which do you like, and why? Are there any that you relate to? If so, how?