Sunday, September 14, 2014

So much happening!!

I know I keep saying this... It's been such a long time between posts. I used to be so good about posting on my blog but I have been really, really busy... truly... :-)

Some exciting things coming up.

I'm presenting a TEDx talk on October 5 at the Powerhouse in Brisbane. I will be talking about how roller skating and roller derby relate to my art practice. Should be good! I'm a bit nervous. I am practicing my talk over and over so hopefully my mind won't go blank when I go on :-) This the TEDx Brisbane site here.

I am also having a solo exhibition at SGAR > Spiro Grace Art Rooms in October. The exhibition runs from 9th of October to the 26th. This is a sneaky peak at some of the work. I have wanted to make this work for a few years and I am so happy that it will finally be seen. There are 21 panels all together.

Betwixt - part 1

Betwixt - part 2

I am also a finalist in the Redland Art Award. My painting Undergrowth 26 will be at the Redland Art Gallery from 12 October to the 23 of November.

Undergrowth 26
212.5 x 121.5

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Every day while I was at Fowlers Gap, I got up and went for a long walk and took as many photos as possible. Then I would work on painting ideas and some applications that I'm working on. It was a great two weeks! I wasn't sure how I would go being by myself for so long in such a remote place with no internet, iPhone etc. It was a lot easier than I thought it would be. I had a lot of work to do so I was never bored. It was a good time to quiet my mind and think about where I am headed over the next few years. I'm thinking of doing a PhD.

The landscape is quite green at the moment. I was told that a few months earlier this year it was just red dirt and rocks as far as the eye could see. About 2 days before I left a heap of thunderstorms came through and I wasn't sure if I would be able to get home on the Monday. Fortunately the water on the roads receded and I managed to drive my sedan through 45km of muddy, red dirt roads from Fowlers Gap to Broken Hill. It was pretty hairy! But my fantastic little car got through :-)

Fowlers Gap Research Station photos here

Sunday, May 18, 2014

To Cobar!

Left Narrabri this morning and drove to Cobar. In the photos you can see how the landscape changes. The dirt goes red and the type of trees change. It took about five and a half hours and not too bad. 



More cotton on the side of the road

Bales of cotton

more bales of cotton

An Australian flag in the middle of nowhere!

Check out the clouds!



Saturday, May 17, 2014

Off to LA LA land

I'm going to do a bit of a blog on my trip just so people can see what the landscape is like. I know that the art students in the UK might find this useful ;-)

This morning I left Brisbane for Fowlers Gap. I left early and drove about 7 hours to Narrabri in New South Wales.

Along the way the scenery is beautiful. A lot of cotton farms. In the photos you can see white tufts of cotton on the side of the road. The clouds were especially fluffy today :-)

A road train. Lots of road trains... a bit worried my windscreen might get cracked so I move over to the left whenever one goes past :-) I'm starting to drive my car like I'm riding my motorbike.

There were also wheat farms but I'm not sure what this silo is for. It's near Moree.

Dressed for the weather in my flanno maaaate :-) I stopped at Goondoowindi for fuel and took a selfie.

On the way to Narrabri I noticed a lot of signs that farmers had put on their fencing protesting coal seam gas. Apparently Santos want to build over 800 CSG wells in the area. Not good... There is a lot of artesian water in the area and the CSG wells will affect the water in a negative way. You can read more here.

I didn't get much sleep last night so I'm staying in this afternoon. On the way back I am hoping to explore the area and take some photos as there are interesting rock formations and huge CSIRO satellites to check out. Tomorrow I head to Cobar.

Saturday, May 10, 2014


One month since my last post! terrible!
In that time a lot has happened. I have moved back to Brisbane and next Saturday I'm off to Fowlers Gap and the ILIRI - Imaging the land International Research Initiative run by the University of New South Wales and the College of Fine Art.

I am really looking forward to it. I am driving about 1650km to the research station in the desert of far western NSW. I am driving there in my sedan... (cough cough) and about 1km from where I am staying I need to swap all of my gear and 2 weeks worth of food to a 4wd. I then get driven to my accommodation with solar electricity and eco friendly toilet etc and pick me up in 2 weeks!! A bit isolated. I will be totally alone with no internet or communication apart from a satellite phone for emergencies.

It will be really interesting to see what sort of art I make.

I am taking drawing materials and painting stuff but also my great Nikon D800 for photos and video.
I will also take props to use for photos and video. Should be really really interesting. I am not sure what will happen. A lot of the art I make might not be suitable for public viewing but when I return I will post images of what I did.

Apart from the art I will make it will be a personal challenge. Mainly because I will be totally alone for 2 weeks. How will I react and deal with the isolation? I do like being by myself but living in the city allows you to be in contact with people at anytime during the day... It will be very interesting to say the least...

Can't wait to share my experience with ya'll :-)

Back to work

I have just moved back to Brisbane and nearly have my studio set up. I'm going to try and start working again. Sometimes it takes time to 'feel right' in a new space. I find that if I am not comfortable I don't get my work done.

It's a lot smaller than my last studio but I am making do.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Finished! For now...

Untitled 4 (Xanadu)
Acrylic on canvas, 101.5 x 76.5cm

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

About a third there

I have been working on this painting lately. Nearly a third of the way done. Tomorrow I will go over all of the painting and tidy it up. Then the maps!

Friday, March 14, 2014

new collages

Layer 1 (Xanadu)
Acrylic and gouache on canvas paper and mylar
148.5 x 21cm

Layer 2 (Xanadu)
Acrylic and gouache on canvas paper and mylar
148.5 x 21cm

Layer 3 (Xanadu)
Acrylic and gouache on canvas paper and mylar
148.5 x 21cm