Between 1980 -2000 I worked as a professional artist in theatre design, working in multimedia and widely varied projects, inclusive of artist in residencies, workshops, construction and design for Australian film, TV, and theatre.
In 2004 I enrolled in Arabic and Archaeology at the university of Melbourne, going on to do a BA inclusive of both. Since that time I have added an MA in LBA eastern Mediterranean archaeology and PhD in New Kingdom Egyptology to my repertoire.
My focus is on visual semantic and critique of art historical models for Bronze Age eastern Mediterranean iconography, particularly hybrid forms of same and iconographic exchange. My recent research activities have added an interest in ancient healing plants and psychoactives.
I write a blog on these topics and on misinformation related to these here – https://artisticlicenseorwhyitrustnoone.blogspot.com/
2022. Outlooks on the International Koine Style: Hybrid Visual Idiom from New Kingdom Elite Iconography. ÄSL
III. Online at https://books.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/propylaeum/catalog/book/986?lang=en&fbclid=IwAR0hvebmCBbwh9m_DyG0-VCBRlCrzFj9qiiiqJVIUh2DqdrwBuRMjq3k8fA
2018. Review of Exploring Religion in Ancient Egypt
(2015) by Stephen Quirke. Cambridge Archaeological Journal
2017. ‘Iconographic Entanglement in New Kingdom Egyptian Royal Rhetoric: Was the ‘International Style’ a Nuanced Form of Visual Rhetoric for an Old Office?’
In Interkulturität. Kontakt
‒ Konzeptualisierung: Beiträge des sechsten Berliner Arbeitkreises Junge Ägyptologie, BAJA
6, editors S. Beck, B. Backes and A. Verbovsek, 151‒174. Harrassowitz: Wiesbaden.
2015. ‘The Iconography of the Boston MFA Bronze Bowl with Incised Decoration from Tomb S 155 in the Southern Necropolis at Meroe in Sudan’. Amphora Issue of the Melbourne Historical Journal
2013. ‘Enduring Fictions of Late Victorian Fantasy: Sir Arthur Evans and the Faience Goddesses from Minoan Crete’. In Ancient Planet
2013. ‘Unmasking Ancient Colour: Colour and the Classical Theatre Mask’. In Ancient Planet 4,
2012. ‘Erroneous Terms in Archaeology and Popular Literature: the ‘Mother Goddess’, or Why I Can be Tiresome at Social Engagements’. In Ancient Planet
2012. ‘The International Style, Colour and Polychrome Faience’. In Ancient Near Eastern Studies
‘Colour Symbolism in Ancient Mesopotamia’. In Ancient Planet
2010. ‘Constructing Classical Greek Masks for Contemporary Theatre’. In The Mask Handbook,
by Anita Sinclair, 169-172.