I wish I was in Canberra next Friday to see Fiona Hall talk at the National Gallery of Australia. I am writing it down so I am in the right place at the right time some other time. Packing boxes instead.
Another picture I did in 2013 called out of nature. I was pretty image productive in 2013. I want to get back to that mode of operation again. It was a huge learning curve for me that year. Huge variations in style. I feel like I have found my own visual language more so now. I have been on a few other learning curves in the following years too actually.
Thank goodness for a program like Q&A (ABC iView). I just watched the latest episode last night. Kate Tempest, Ayaan Hirsi Ali....in fact the whole panel was great. I love listening to people who have their go at seeing the bigger picture without fear of what other people think. Well the fear may be there but they do it regardless. We mostly all come to the same or at least similar conclusions...I think maybe. Kate Tempest did a performance at the end - brilliant summary 'Progress, the world after religion'. I do still think God has a part in it though with or without the religion.
A well behaved post. The National Association of Visual Arts (NAVA) takes a funding cut as outlined in The Sydney Morning Herald. NAVA supports artists and is 'an essential advocate for artists’ rights, professional development service provider, grant administrator and leader in establishing and implementing best practice standards.' (NAVA media release 13th May). Aggggh. So any artist who is not a member, NAVA needs you to be one to keep functioning in the interim until feet are found and grounded. Just posting as an artist who one day hopefully will fully appreciate their work and help.
I have behaved badly in lots of ways over the last year. I think in part of what I have been doing in my art is trying to find some goodness in myself, when I started to doubt myself. I also know that there are a few more apologies I will need to send out in a few different directions. I feel like rubbish but prayer helps me change these patterns. I think we are all made up of the same experiences and expectations and ideas and goals and some people due to circumstances get access to these lessons sooner than others, some things I may never understand. I feel like I am way ahead of the crowd in some areas and way way behind in others. We might all get it right by the end if we live long enough. I went to a funeral yesterday for a good man who I didn't know very well (I was there for his family more so). But on a brochure in the church my brother pointed to me and it said something like " if you can't find any good people...be one". Thing is there are loads of good people out there. I am one too. Many of us would like the people around us to have the same opportunities to gain the most out of life - whatever this looks like and however this comes about.
Which is great. Thing is, I really don't know what I am doing from day to day and remember I really don't have extensive knowledge on any one topic. It is reflections of my life around me...which has been too much T.V. at the moment, which keeps me company while I am cleaning. My process just starts with moving materials around, paints and inks, which sorts out my thoughts. What I am doing right now instead of artwork is cleaning out window tracks before we move out. Now there is quite a few hours I will never get back. To get a cleaner in is very expensive, but they earn every dollar they get and then some. My Nana was a cleaner in a public school and I don't know that she was thanked enough? She never complained. Please remember that the images I make are also questions. Some are images of how I see myself but others are images of how the world might see me and how I feel I am supposed to present myself to the world to gain acceptance or appreciation or I am not sure what. I get lots of on what I should be doing artistically or practically in the world because art does not pay much. I don't know personally too many artists who do it for the money. We go in knowing this. I guess this keeps coming up for me because there are people who make subtle suggestions that they don't see the value in what I do. Maybe I am misinterpreting subtle now but either way I am going to keep doing it. Superiority at play all around us. This is a cycle too. When people tell a superiority story they have either just done it themselves or have been the butt end of it. I don't think anyone is exempt from exerting it or taking it, in a first world country in average suburban land anyway. Probably does not play out like this in other parts of the world. Cleaning makes my thoughts a bit random hey??? Even the use of Wikipedia to do the essay I posted a while back was an intentional one - it could well contain dubious information but it is mostly good isn't it...it becomes a superiority point of conversation too. I would not get away with it in other study disciplines and probably wouldn't further into the written theory of art either.
Brisbane visual artist