I’ve had to pack my oil paints away because anything I do now even with beloved drying medium, will not have a chance to cure before I head back to Australia, so charcoal is my friend again. It is hard to say goodbye to this place and its people who have been so welcoming and given morsels here and wads there. Not long ago I said goodbye to the artists I shared the Camac residency at Marnay-sur-Seine. The Mexicans from there, you must say hello to – check out the work of Ana B Hursh http://estudiomoscu.blogspot.fr/2017/03/ana-b-hursh.html and Christian Santana Prinz http://christiansantanaprinz.blogspot.fr/. They work together through taking turns and layering their gorgeous pigments of old memories and new stories. And now it’s time for me to say thank you and farewell to my artist friends here at AMIS des Arts Albi, in the south of France. And maybe all these farewells are too much for it seems too that I am having pangs of conscience saying goodbye to even my broken shoes. A little too much collected and so little space to take back on the plane. We are strange creatures, us humans – or maybe it is just me. I have tried to deal with some of this imminent departure through my painting, and so I share with you a cropped section of one of my last paintings here. It’s called ‘Homage to red shoes’ So, here’s to new adventures with new shoes … or maybe I’ll renege and take the broken old ones back with me?
This project was assisted by a grant from Create NSW, an agency of the New South Wales Government and supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian State and Territory Governments. The program is administered by the National Association for the Visual Arts (NAVA). This project was assisted by a subvention through the CAMAC – Ténot Fondation.