Denise Duffy is a visual artist living in the blue water wonderland of Port Stephens, NSW. Her varied works are informed by her coastal and ocean experiences and the feeling of deep connection with nature.
Denise also works as a Creative Arts Mentor (Special Projects) working with people with a disability to reach their creative dreams, connect with the community through arts and culture and manage inclusive arts based projects.
'The sea once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever' - Jacques Cousteau
I play with paint, or draw with found objects, I make pigments and inks from the natural world and embed found objects into my work. I carve metal or wood to become sensory surfaces for the layers of paint and marks. I use alternative photography methods on paper to immerse in the ocean and capture a moment in time. Whatever method or material I use, my work responds to my connection with nature, in particular; the ocean.
My work is shaped by fond memories of childhood freedom spent with loved ones by the coast: exploring rock pools , feeling the first rush of excitement surfing and snorkelling and discovering the magic of the depths below. The imagined and the real. It mirrors my personal connection and obsession with the ocean: abstracted elements that instinctively lure us to the oceans edge, surface and below. I focus on light, movement and endless hues of blue. I explore the treasures found at low tide and the mystery in the deep. I celebrate the beauty and joy of all that encompasses the ocean. I collaborate with this ancient body of water and incorporate pigments from tidal treasures. I am inspired by the weathered rocks and broken shells, the ebb and flow of weed and water that mirrors my internal seascape. I hope to ignite your Blue Mind* through my work; to bring a sense of peace and calm, a feeling of unity and connection.
*Conceived by Marine Biologist Wallace J Nichols, Blue Mind refers to a 'mildly meditative state characterised by calm, peace, unity..." ( Nichols, 2015, 6 ) triggered by the rhythmic regularity and stimulating change associated with water, in particular the ocean.