Thursday, May 21, 2015

How to....

There are days in the studio when making art is not the activity being undertaken. Today was one of those days when administrative requirements took priority. I have an show coming up at Hawkesbury Regional Gallery in New South Wales, and I'd like to make sure the installation of my work happens as smoothly as possible. So today was a day for making instructions, a how to guide for installation, with lots of step by step photos, some underlying templates for placement of pieces and general guidelines for pin placement, handling and flexibility when it comes to the inevitable variations associated with work on this scale.
Then I had a test run, with the work being professionally documented tomorrow, I installed it on another wall at home, using the images and templates I'd made. All went well with the work up in under two hours, hopefully the gallery staff will find them as useful.
Next will be the packing for transport, and then back to the making.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Art in the Pub

I would like to thank Byron School of Art and c.a.s.e for making me feel very welcome on Monday night at Art in the Pub. I shared stories of my experiences finding inspiration outdoors in some of Australia's stunning heritage environments - through residencies at Hill End and BigCi, and a project closer to home - Life on the edge. Along with some finished artworks developed from these and working images of process and in progress works. Lovely to meet you and thanks for a great night.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Art in the Pub

I'll be giving a talk next Monday, 11th May, at the Courthouse Hotel in Mullumbimby. If you are in the area please feel welcome to come along on the night.
I would like to thank c.a.s.e and Byron School of Art for inviting me to speak about my artwork.

Look forward to seeing you there if you can make it.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

In the studio

My studio work table at the end of making a work. Layers of pieces that did and didn't make it into the final work,  makes me think of the phrase - what ends up on the cutting room floor.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Paper Works III installed

Paper Works III, image courtesy of Brenda May Gallery.

Paper Works III is now on show at Brenda May Gallery. If you are in the Sydney area, please feel welcome to join artists for a drink and show viewing this Saturday 18th April from 3-5pm.

You can also read the beautifully designed digital catalogue online here.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Paper Works III at Brenda May Gallery


My hand cut paper work Curated ecology - Nature Strip is included in the show Paper Works III, a curated group exhibition at Brenda May Gallery, Sydney. This third installment of the galleries paper works series endeavours to illustrate the diversity and versatility of paper, providing a glimpse into the range of creative potential for this medium.

Curated ecology - Nature Strip reflects on the habitat of many city and town suburban environments. A place where, town planning, heritage and personal aesthetic; mixes with maintenance regimes and safety concerns. This confluence of values interests me, in the affect it has on our relationship with environment. This work developed in response to a residency at Grafton Regional Gallery in 2014, featuring several of the streets flora and fauna.
This work has approximately 80 hours of cutting time invested in its making, along with a week of paper and drawing preparations.

Paper Works III is on show from 14th April to 2nd May 2015, at Brenda May Gallery, 2 Danks Street, Waterloo, NSW.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In the studio

Work in progress - a bit like a jigsaw puzzle, but I don't know what the final image will look like....yet.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Mater Children's Hospital Building Commemorative Commission

My hand cut paper work 'To resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow' has been installed in the foyer of the recently refurbished former Mater Children's Hospital Building, Brisbane.
The commission brings together connections of legacy, culture and community to honour the decommissioning of Mater Children's Hospital.

The paper cut triptych features hands representing care and commitment in services provided, connection to community and children, and Sisters of Mercy as Founders.

This commission was developed in conjunction with iAM Projects, with thanks to Renai, Michelle and Jon.
Also a special mention to my nieces and nephews - Will, Lucas, Abbie, Grace, Indie and Angus for making me some kid-size hand prints, Thank you.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Chuck Close at MCA


MCA's recent show - Chuck Close: Prints, Process and Collaboration - WOW!
I was delighted to have an opportunity to see this exhibition when recently in Sydney. The generosity of seeing plate proofs, mylar stencils, individual wood blocks and paper pulp screens was amazing. The workings of a master innovative artist, Chuck Close extends and pushes the limits of each medium, process and scale he investigates.
It was an interesting show too, to be aware of my eyes preference for incomplete proofs. For me, many of the one-third, half-way and two-third complete plate proofs were more intriguing than the fully realised and editioned work. There is something enigmatic about the half appearing face or subject. During the printing process, proofs have more space for my eye to rest, more contrast perhaps in the very worked and still to worked areas that appeals to me strongly. The completed works are extraordinary, don't get me wrong, but I am drawn to the abstract qualities and contrasts of the proofing stage.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Leichhardt Open Studio Trail weekend

 ArtCycle Inc. listening to an impromptu curator floor talk at Art Est. Art School and Gallery. As you can see below, I had a good time at the Scientia opening drinks with artists afternoon, held in conjunction with LOST - Leichhardt Open Studio Trail and Art Month Sydney. Artwork pictured is 'Resource Ecology (Conserve-Develop)', hand cut from a single piece of Fabriano paper.

With thanks to Jennifer and Lisa at Art Est. and Susan and Faye for joining in an afternoon of gallery hopping - and providing transport - cheers x.