Tuesday, December 24, 2013
I think there is something special about having creative friends. We can share all the usual good friend qualities with the added bonus of having an understanding and appreciation for each others creative practices. I guess I'm referring to peers. And I can't think of a better way to show this than by having some of their hand crafted work in my home. Last Friday I picked up my custom made, super comfy, Jeanbag from KT. Beautifully wrapped I waited to unfold it with Phil and fill with micro beads before the long anticipated lounge. I love it! When I buy, share, gift, swap a piece with friends it comes with a story, that's what makes all the difference. I know something about the development of the piece, it's inspiration and the work that goes into refining its qualities. There's just so much more to it than a trip to a store and home again. If you would like to read all about the development of Jeanbag, it's on KT's blog here; and this is the Jeanbag page.
In winter this hall catches rays like a sun room, it's the warmest place in the house during that season. I'm looking forward to my studio breaks and book reading here. Thank you KT!
Hanging on the wall behind is a painting called 'Illawarra flame' by Susan Buret. We've known each other for years and have swapped works with one another. I love the colours and pattern in this painting, it's from Susan's 'Stolen Geometry from the Gardens of Love' series. Thank you Susan, still loving it!
And all the other pieces from creative friends....and pieces yet to come :-) Thank you.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
As many of my friends would know, I have been missing socially for the past couple of months, being in action in the studio. Making works for my upcoming solo exhibition at Salt Contemporary Art, Queenscliff, Victoria. I have continued working with inspiration from my residency at Hill End last year. It was such an interesting month being there; Hill End has a landscape where the passing of time and cultural heritage are completely evident and interwoven in daily life.
Nature waits for no one features a series of paintings on linen and a selection of new hand cut paper works. I'm looking forward to seeing them up together on the gallery walls. On show from Sunday 29th December to Saturday 11th January 2014.
Friday, December 6, 2013
The Gold Coast Art Prize 2013 opens this weekend at the Gold Coast City Gallery. I was very happy when I heard my hand cut paper work 'Resource ecology (Conserve - Develop)' was selected for the finalists exhibition. The art prize, now in its 45th year, showcases contemporary art from across Australia, with 59 finalist works on show in 2013. This year the current director of the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, Chris Saines will judge the prize.
This week a friend, Thank you Helena, contacted me to say she had seen my artwork in the Antiques and Art in Queensland magazine, advertising the art prize, a lovely surprise, Thank you GCCG.
The exhibition is on show from 7th December 2013 to 9th February 2014.