I started my visual journey as a children’s book author illustrator back in the 1980’s producing over 50 books - google: Rodney McRae.
In the 1990’s I experimented with photography exhibiting my images at the Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) in Sydney and in several publications and twice as a finalist in the Blake Prize for Religious Art -2005 & 2006.
Since 2008 I have been exploring sculpture and installation art concentrating on conservation and human-animal themes. During this period I have been a finalist in the Wynne Prize for Australian landscape/figurative sculpture, Art Gallery of NSW in 2007 & 2010; the Fishers Ghost Art Prize in 2007, 2009 and 2012; Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi in 2008, 2011 & 2012; and mounted my first major solo show of sculpture “The Heart of the Matter’ at King Street Gallery on William in 2010. My first traveling show Wunderkammer, the cabinet of Wonders, has been on the move on the Regional Art Gallery circuit since 2013, my new show AFTER-LIFE, Animal Stories from beyond Grave, debuts in Adelaide from 13 FEB til 01 MAY 2016 in partnership with the National Trust of South Australia.
My principal area of investigation remains how art can influence and reinforce the environment and climate change debate. I draw on my knowledge and interest in taxidermy working with ethically sourced specimens as diverse as Polar Bear, Zebra, Lion, Lamb, Fox, Penguin, insects, skeletons and plant material to create installations to challenge human perceptions of the natural world and the non human species that inhabit it.
I would like to believe that art can make a difference!
This large Traveling exhibition brings together sculpture and installations using taxidermy, skeletons and plant material to discuss broad range of conservation issues including climate change, pollution, stewardship, hunting and animal-human relations.
12 FEB – 05 APR, Deaking University Gallery, 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, VIC 3125
11 APR – 25 MAY, The Incinerator Gallery, 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds VIC 3039
25 JULY - 09 NOV 2014, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Liebig Street Warrnambool, VIC 3280
06 FEBURARY - 30 APRIL 2015, Tasma Terrace, 2 Parliament Place, East Melbourne, VIC 3002
08 MAY – 20 JUNE 2015, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, Goulburn NSW 2580
WUNDERKAMMER at the Orange Regional Gallery
30 AUG – 13 OCT 2013
This exhibition brings together 16 works from The Tent of Wonders, Sculpture by the Sea 2012 with additional new works for this large regional show.
WUNDERKAMMER at the Bundaberg Regional Gallery
25 APR – 30 JUN 2013
This exhibition brings together 15 works from The Tent of Wonders, Sculpture by the Sea 2012 as the first engagement in a tour of regional galleries.
Sculpture by the Sea
The Tent of Wonders
18th OCT - 4th NOV 2012
The Tent of Wonders comprised of 16 separate installations under 150 square metres of canvas. Each installation explored issues in and around the environment, biodiversity, pollution, stewardship, climate change and animal – human relations. The principle medium in all the installations was real animal skins (taxidermy). Taxidermy was chosen for its authenticity and its ability to evoke empathy in the viewer in what has become a period of climate fatigue. click here for images from The Tent of Wonders
Artist in Residence Program at Taronga Park Zoo Sydney
FEB - MAY 2011
20 Australian Artists were invited to make work inspired by Taronga Zoo to be auctioned in MAY to support Taronga's conservation activities here and overseas. Additional work produced was be exhibited at the Newcastle University Gallery in July/August 2011. Details and dates to follow. For further information go to the following links: Sydney Morning Herald
The Heart of the Matter
King Street Gallery 16th November - 11th December 2010
Natural enemies become un-natural histories in this collection of installations and sculptures, exploring utopian and dystopic visions of nature. See following links: