My work at the graduate exhibition open weekdays 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. from 3-8 June. Opening 6-8 p.m. Thursday 4th June.
Yearly drawing prize at Jugglers Art Space. Entries open until June 8th. Winner announced 7th August. Thanks John Doyle for passing on the information.
Portrait of my mother. She turns to hand sewing and does beautiful work - finding it more difficult these days. I have surrounded her with a skein of her thread because she could bring people together and was very accepting of individuals regardless of where they had come from.
I bought this book on iTunes a week ago because it was reduced cost and looked interesting. It was published in 2007. I have just finished reading it and found myself very moved by every last page. I have to write about it here because I found so many elements of the book that I found relevant to me (as many women would) but more interestingly parallels in my artwork. The emphasis on the richness that women find in each others company. How grateful I am having been gifted a mother and other strong female role models that have given me their time in stories and in keeping my hands constantly busy in making with fabrics, food and any other material that comes to my hands...with unconditional love regardless of circumstances that inevitably arise. Also, I have studied natural medicines(a constant through the book) and still prefer such remedies over more modern orthodox medicine wherever possible. I have been drawn to the subjects of the vessel (a gift my mother gave me for my 21st birthday made by a local artist in the Clarence Valley), which turns out to be a repeated subject of interest for many artist to represent the womb. The vessel lead me on to my interest in water. These and the array of emotions we go through from childhood, to childbirth, being a mother and the relationships we have until our death repeated through time was magically written in the words of this fiction.
Some of the words from the book:
p.444 of 506 'I am honored to be the vessel into which you pour this story of pain and strength'
p448 of 506 '[We]...laughed in her honor, recalling her delight in surprises, jokes, food, and all the pleasures of the flesh. I hoped that she would continue her enjoyment of these in the life to come, which she believed to be much like this world, only deathless and eternal'
p456 of 506 'I set aside my spinning and sat quietly, watching the water lap against the shore, my mind as calm and wordless as the surface of the river. I inhaled the loamy smell of the river and listened to the sound of the water on the hull, which was like a constant breeze.....the water soothes my heart and settles my thoughts, and it is true that I feel at home by the water, but I found my joy in dry hills'
p477 of 506 'Death is no enemy, but the foundation of gratitude, sympathy, and art. Of all life's pleasures, only love owes no debt to death.'
p478 'If you sit on the bank of a river, you see only a small part of its surface. And yet, the water before your eyes is proof of unknowable depths. My heart brims with thanks for the kindness you have shown me by sitting on the bank of this river, by visiting the echoes of my name.
The authors words when interviewed
p 481 Women's accomplishments, until the very recent past, have been 'written' on the bread they baked, the clothing they fashioned, the children they bore and reared. These are monuments that crumble into dust...
p483 I see my book as an expression of the spirit of our times
I am part of an online exhibition at Lethbridge Art Gallery 136 LaTrobe Terrace, Paddington. There is such a huge array of different work in this one.
Medicine Box, 2015. Etching Ink and acrylic paint on rice paper
I dropped into the gallery space of Polygone Cowboy, 34 Berwick Street, Fortitude Valley, last Friday night to see an exhibition by Lismore artists, Joanna Kambourian and Darren Bryant of Ms Browns Lounge print studio. The space was warm, comfortable and relaxed while the artworks were a colourful joy. Exhibition on until June 17th. I lived outside of Lismore for a while and love this region. Beautiful artwork is likely to come from such a gorgeous place in Australia. I imagine I'll move back that way some day.
Opening at the Webb Gallery, Queensland College of Art, Grey Street last Friday night (printmaking) for John Doyle, Lisa Pullen, Maren Gotzmann, Gwenn Tasker and Angela Gardner. Open until 16th May. The Spaces Between - The Nightladder Art Collective
I went to see the Webb Gallery and looked in on Luke Maninov's exhibition in the Project Gallery while I was there. Stunning photography and jewellery what looked like it was based around the body's nerve cells and synaptic transmissions. It was unusual, unexpected and quite lovely. Open until 30th May.
Briefly met Harvey Hayes of Smoke Creative Pty Ltd 31 Agnes Street, Fortitude Valley 4006 - film production and motion graphics
I am so happy right now. Today I was awarded the $5000 scholarship from Mark Harris, CEO and Founder of Global Education Skills Alliance (GESA) in partnership with Tafe Queensland Brisbane to pay for all expenses in the upcoming Art Study Tour of New York. I feel so very fortunate to take on this scholarship and a responsibility to return with something to give back......whatever form this takes......the unknown is half the fun! I thank them deeply for this opportunity.
I saw this exhibition on the weekend at the National Gallery of Australia. His working medium is light. Brilliant
Oh, i just watched a documentary on this woman on iView. Diana Vreeland, fashion editor and visionary. Loved it!
My husbands cousin has recently put together and launched a book called Rare Birds (my in-laws had a copy at their place down south) - celebrating and stimulating women's success in business in modern Australia. Simon Denny who currently has an exhibition at MoMA PS1 speaks of the similarities between Artist and entrepreneur.... “I am a fan of the culture of entrepreneurship. An artist is also a business,” he told 032c magazine last year. “Many of the principles of work and the world that I see in this community seem very current and relevant. The values associated with entrepreneurship seem very close to me. Highly motivated people with high-risk precarious ideas mixed with efficiency and metrics. What could be more beautiful?”
Taken from an article in blouin artinfo. See the link. Of course there is two sides to every story, also in the article. I guess I was most interested in the celebration of successful women, the single minded passion comparison drawn between artist and entrepreneur, Denny's take and those on the other side of the fence. I don't know what is good and bad, we are who we are.
Sharon Okines from Print Council of Australia mentioned to me it has been five years since the last symposium. I am glad I made the effort to get to this one.
The morning began with collaborations and events that are happening at the moment. I think I will just write the names and match as many links as I can to things happening
Raquel Ormella - is another artist drawn to zine making, taking on a serious issue she has a passion for to create it. Ormella finds the zine process very open when she is unsure how connections and complexities between potential subjects will come about. Observations and stories inform her ideas and she distributes her zines during the process. Ormella would normally treat the photocopier like a printing press to test different ways of layering and experimenting, however her recent work done during a residency in Indonesia, she had to change this up a little because what we take for granted in the access to something as simple as a photocopier was not granted readily. The work has been focused on birds in Indonesia.
Marian Tubbs - I am not entirely sure I will get my summary near the truth of what this artists work is about to be honest. She used (her words) 'low grade photography' - an image as a thing in and of itself; as a representation of a present but unclear view; and as employment of understanding of other images not selected.....a fragment of the world just as each individual in the world is just a fragment. I am not an academic and so when there are too many words threaded together where I have to think about the actual meaning of the words......lets just say I got a bit lost....she finished up saying something similar to her aiming to create new insights - a kind of poetic ascension. Have a look at her website because it is looking far from low grade
Erica Seccombe - wow wow wow. Drawn to the natural and biological sciences, Erica has taken a journey into 3D printing, for example, created imagery of 3D seed germination in that the imagery captures aspects of the external structure as well as the internal. Like a CT scan but time lapsed to capture the growth. Very cool. Her aim is to connect ideas of science and emergent technologies. This is where artists work will have future applications in who knows what capacities. Seccombes work reflects the digital era we live in and sees the powerful microscopes she uses as symbolic of changing peoples perspectives. She says something similar to pushing boundaries of knowledge to promote factual truth and....is our aura our belief in technology and the next possible thing. She mentioned the world population and the declining health of the planets ability to grow enough food to feed these people. Something as simple as germinating a seed is possibly taken for granted and we may be relying on technologies of the future. This was good
I met others at the symposium who I was very grateful to for their company - Meredith, Pauline and Christine. I will be going to the next print symposium when it is on again. Bring it to Brisbane.......a student studying curating in Melbourne described Brisbane as a melting pot for experimentation.
Looking through the galleries during the breaks was not long enough during the symposium. Art from this part of the world, that is Australia and its neighbours, is better than anywhere on my eyes.
The Chase, 2008. Leather, tea tree wood and steel pins. Julie Gough. On the right is what is written in pins on the chair.
Sydney Sun, 1965. Oil on three plywood panels. John Olsen
Brisbane visual artist