.There are many benefits of putting in a grant application including doing some concerted planning at the beginning of a project and putting together a calendar. It’s great to be forced into it because then it gets done!
And with this calendar it seems I am on-track timewise at this point, which is a relief because I have actually struggled to be and keep on track in this residency with of course the rest of life happening. I am very grateful for my family, friends and work – all those around me for making some allowances – thank you!
I have also continued on a track conceptually, revisiting works from previous residencies and program and re-working them into my new works, where new dialogues have emerged. Painting paintings in paintings has led to some experimentation and play both: connecting the original painting within a new composition; and with meanings within the works. An example is: what happens when you mix a regenerating eroded landscape with mining scars with an interior such as in ‘Mulling expedition’ (on the way on the easel in this image above)? Can placing a chair in-front of a landscape painting suggest that the artist is or for the viewer to: think about the concept of landscape. Can such a painting connect concepts of nature and culture?
So fortunate to have this current opportunity through Orana Arts offering their Restart Grant to regional artists across NSW. It is really helpful not just for the financial assistance but for the structure it presents keeping me on my own meandering track.
This program is proudly funded by the NSW Government through Arts Restart.