In looking at some of the work I had created over the last five years, I decided to paint some of my older paintings in my current paintings. Here, I’m painting a scene I set up in the house with a chair and a stool and the idea of a work from before.
In looking at past work, I found when I re-drew or re-painted, the act helped me remember ideas or feelings or learnings or understandings gained from the time before. With this work, I remember painting the original painting featured in this painting and being enlivened by making loose line marks that created the bag and shoes of the Bilby. And so I continue this play echoing loose lines into the marking and the making of the chair. And I like the disruption left where the wall interrupts the legs of chair. Sometimes painting is a joy.
This program is proudly funded by the NSW Government through Arts Restart via Orana Arts Inc.
1. Home – my latest project begins
I’ve started a new project / series of works here at home where I live and work in the Central West in Wiradjuri country.
Over the last five years, each year I have undertaken a residency or ‘residency-like’ program. I was incredibly fortunate to be able to be at my residency/internship in Indonesia last year arriving home in February before all the Covid-19 border closures. For this year with the world in pandemic mode I have wanted to be here, so I haven’t looked at residencies elsewhere.
So for Home my current three month self-structed residency like program I am here at home creating a new body of work. No doubt I will continue to be informed by my background in ecological sciences and my current domestic life. To begin, I have been taking stock of the work I have created through my past residencies in Indonesia, France and Australia. The image here is a recent ground I’ve painted on a canvas ready for some more layering to come.
I’ve also been hanging out with what’s happening in this neck of the woods. A few happenings just gone have included the Blue Too exhibition of MAPBM artists at WAYOUT in Kandos https://cementa.com.au/wayout (where hanging out with some yummy artists at Rylstone’s 29 NINE 99 yum cha mmmmm was way good too) and the viewing at Bathurst Regional Art Gallery of Rebecca Wilson’s Myth Making Heroes and Villains along with JUST NOT AUSTRALIAN. https://www.bathurstart.com.au/exhibitions/past It’s soooo rich in regional areas, with regional art and regional artist’s and their initiatives.
My residency will climax with my first solo exhibition in Sydney, at Project Gallery 90. Woohoo!
I’m also chuffed to announce support from Orana Arts and Create NSW. This program is proudly funded by the NSW Government through Arts Restart. Thank you