Thursday, January 15, 2015

Jayne's House.

Just a small selection of the detail photos I took when visiting the home of Jayne and Kevin and their two teenage sons. Such an amazing house, but then what do you expect from an interior designer and architect? The beautiful use of natural materials, exposed brick detail and salvaged furniture. What I hadn't bet on though was the modesty - for example how weird is it to discover someone you've known for sixteen years is a talented sculptor/shortlisted for art prize photographer/collector and just basically all round impressive artist? I mean hasn't the guy heard of social media - online networks where you MAKE SURE EVERYONE KNOWS YOU ARE A STAR????? Not to worry Kevin, I'm about to showcase your work to the world on the world's loneliest, least visited blog....

Detail of garden sculpture using copper piping and lead roof sheeting.

Collection of spent bullet cartridges lining a shelf in the study alcove in one of the coolest assemblage of a salvage collection I've ever seen.

Loved all these little collections of salvaged items and the little vignettes they've ended up forming.

The haunting image that got itself shortlisted for the Olive Cotton Award 2009.

A small thrill to see my own work sharing the same space with a John Forrester Clack painting.

Work in progress on the side of the house: an organic design made up from plastic container refuse.

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Garden sculpture!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Boxing Day.

Boxing day - favourite day of the year!
Leftovers in the fridge, kids playing with toys and nothing better to do than read books, eat and relax...

Still, a new deadline looms. A group exhibition on Feb 20 with the curator wanting the new work a week beforehand. Tomorrow I begin but for today I play.

Below are some detail shots from 'Embodied'.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Exhibition 'Embodied'.

I thought I might use this sleepless night to post some photos of my exhibition which finished nearly three weeks ago. It feels like even longer. All that work done now.

Monday, August 18, 2014

The X - Ray Light Box.

The first X-ray light box. The digital mock up from the drawing board plus it's actual progress so far. Still very much a prototype but getting there slowly.
The idea is to juxtapose the clinical viewing of the body - the modern framing of anatomy that carries with it authority and appropriation (underlined, I would argue, with much fear) - with the nineteenth century view. That is  a curiosity  and a sense of wonder - an almost celebration of the mystery forever  inherent in human corporeality. 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Maria Grossman.

Stumbling onto Maria Grossman's site felt like coming across  an open treasure chest of gold. Her eye for colour, pattern and composition are exquisite. The heavy saturation of block colours is really working for me too.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Cindy Steiler.

Cindy Steiler combines embroidery with ceramics. I've filed her work under 'wish I'd thought of that'. I'm in love with those little ceramic animal masks. More here.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Printing Press.

My friend Caren dropped around a short time back for a very enjoyable tea drinking session and some art talk. Besides being on the receiving end of much wisdom and advice for my exhibition she also gifted me some of her beautiful letterpress work. For a few days I had it sitting on top of my work, really loving the way the print quality, font and slightly yellowed paper looked against the red. Then I had to move this frame I'd painted in black chalkboard and for lack of any more space put it on top of the print. Anyway I've been loving this serendipitous effect so much ever since I think I need some letterpress in my exhibition. It has vintage circus all over it. Now I need to choose the right piece of Victorian poetry (maybe more of E.B Browning) and the positioning/visual. Pretty excited I have to say to be getting into Caren's back yard letter press print studio. Yes, I know it will be the dark heart of winter when we get around to it but I think working with old style print, poetry, art and the print queen herself will compensate.  Excited.

Three Birds and A Little Boy.

Over the last few months have been dropping into the Nishi centre to see friend Jodie Cunningham and her cool studio space at Three Birds and a little Boy - a pop up shop at the new eco friendly designer Hotel Hotel. Decorated by Netti of April's Caravan this pop up is retro heaven. I have to take my lap top in and pretend I am also getting some work done but really I just like being surrounded by so much creativity. And vintage frocks. And pink plastic flamingoes flying amongst fairy lights. Happy times.