Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Long time no post

So... I haven't posted for sooooo long! I've been really busy packing and planning my move to Melbourne. I decided to move down as Melbourne has a really great art scene and I really needed a change. So I moved all of my stuff down this week in a truck.

I was very lucky and have found a great studio which I have just finished setting up. I can't wait to start making new work. I love it there and didn't want to leave this afternoon.

This is the wall I am using to show some of my work. It's really great to have the space to do this and my studio is a lot bigger than I'm used to.

I don't have any exhibition plans this year but I would like to have a studio opening where I can invite people to visit and see some of my latest work. 

Over the next few months I am planning on making new work and applying for residencies overseas for next year or two. I'm looking forward to doing something like that next year over Christmas maybe.

Monday, March 02, 2015

One Four Four project February

This month's One Four Four theme was diverge. So in this piece I have diverged from my usual 'thing' and made a piece without maps!

I would love to see this printed at about 1.5m x 1.5m.

Friday, January 30, 2015

One Four Four project

This print is part of a year long project created by IlonaNelson called Onefourfour that I am participating in this year. Some fantastic responses to the theme of Dream World for the month of January


Dream World NY
Gilcée monotype print on Hahnemühle cotton rag paper

Commission done!

This painting is 9m long x 2m high. It was commissioned by QM Properties projects for Mowbray Apartments at East Brisbane. I am so happy with the result. 

It's pretty nerve wracking making a painting like this as you don't know how it will actually look until it's installed. Unless you have a very large studio, which I don't :-) Maybe one day.

I haven't titled it yet but I will think about it. Just glad to get it out of the studio and onto the wall.
It took me 3 months to paint it. The biggest painting I have ever done by hand. The panels were made by Mason framers in Wynnum. They are marine ply with bracing which are quite heavy. I didn't want any bowing so I got them made properly. It is worth the extra money and time.

The painting features maps from Brisbane and some of the developments that QM Properties have completed over the years.

The painting will be framed and adjusted next week. I will get some professional photos soon.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Friday, December 05, 2014

New work

Started working on this new painting a few days ago. I think the underpainting is finished. I 'm not sure which way it should be viewed yet. I might sit on it for a while and see what happens.

It's been nice to just paint whatever I want rather than for anything specific. I have a lot more paintings to do over the Christmas holidays before reality sets in again in January. Most days I am sitting in my studio painting and listening to audio books, researching on the internet or reading books on art or art theory. The studio space I have is a lot smaller than what I'm used to so my paintings will be getting smaller also.

Over the weekend I will decide which map to put on top of the underpainting. This is my destruction process. It's a bit like creating order from chaos. It's risky as you can ruin a good painting but I think it adds another interesting layer to the painting. Some people have said they think I don't need to use the maps on top of the painting. But I love the maps. They have so much meaning in them and can be very aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes it's ironic that the most badly designed developments can look the most beautiful.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

free day in diary!

Having fun, playing around with collage and small paintings. I actually had nothing on for today in my diary! Haven't had a free day for ages. Getting lots of tedious paperwork and little things done.

Made some more collages cause I can :-)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Last newsletter for the year

The year is nearly over and to finish off 2014 I have work in two group shows during December and January.

Collectibles IV at SGAR
During December, I have some small paintings in the group show 'Collectibles IV' at SGAR. The exhibition opens on Saturday December 6 at Spiro Grace Art Rooms.

Untitled 1 (Betwixt), Framed acrylic on ply panel, 60 x 40cm, 2014

Planes of Reality at The Judith Wright Centre
I also have two paintings in a curated group show 'Planes of reality' being held at the Judith Wright Centre in Fortitude Valley from the 3rd of December to the 23 January 2015. The show opens Wednesday the 3rd of December at 6pm

Untitled 4 (Xanadu), Acrylic on canvas, 101.5 x 76.5cm, 2014 
What happened this year 
Each year I look back to see what I have achieved because sometimes it feels like not a lot happened, when in actual fact it was pretty huge :-)
  • My work was profiled on Art World WomenCrisp magazineMoustache Magazine and Six to Eight.
  • I won the emerging art category in the Stanthorpe Art Prize with my painting Undergrowth 28. Angela Goddard, a curator at QAG/GOMA was the judge.
  • I was an artist in residence at the 'Imaging the land International Research Initiative (ILIRI)', in May 2014
  • I had my first solo exhibition at Spiro Grace Art Rooms in October which was a great success.
  • I presented a TEDx talk at the Powerhouse in October. One of the most challenging things I have ever done.
  • I have nearly completed the biggest painting I have ever made. It is 2m high and 9m long. The commission will be in the lobby of Mowbray East a new development in East Brisbane.
  • I was a finalist in the Redland Art Prize and the Moreton Bay Region Art Awards
  • I also moved house twice...  and had numerous other personal trials and tribulations as you do :-)
And who knows what is going to happen in 2015.
All the best for next year! Thanks for reading my newsletter.