This week

As mentioned, the past few weeks have been fairly busy.  These pics are from my first placement with Viva La Gong which was the Pop up Gallery in Globe Lane.  I was there to help with installation and to assist the curator,  Nina Kourea wherever possible.  Most of the day was installation though as planning had been done way before this.  Unfortunately i couldn’t do the opening as I had a previous engagement organized but it was intriguing watching all the random bits and pieces come together in their spaces.  Each artist was offered the opportunity to fill one of the  cubicles within the disused office space. Featured artists were;  Brent Williams, Virginia Settre, Carolyn Nowaczyk, Jess Whitmore and Andrew Yeremeyev, Sarah Tansey, Lillian Cuda, Jardine Hansen, Mirko Sossai, Noah Hampson, Jenny Tubby and Louis Cremen, Nathan waters and Tristan Grace.

Lovely day for an exhibition
Incognito Pop up space
Sarah and Virginia
hmm Sarah…that is a lot of toilet paper…..

Nudes, nudes and more nudes…

Just touching base quickly.

I have had an extremely busy couple of weeks with a few assessment projects, organizing a nude auction (something for the imagination), beginning my industry placement with Viva La Gong and finally spending a couple of days catching up on my painting.  Pics to follow soon…

still catching up

These 2 paintings were done as part of my half year assessment for Uni. They were meant to convey thoughts about objectification of the human body. The objectification  topic came about through research I was doing for a History essay about Japanese comfort women.   As part of my research I came across a book by Susan Griffin called Pornography and Silence which, while off the direct subject of comfort women related to cultural traditions which preempted these wartime atrocities.

Objective 1
Objective 2

Both these canvasses were acquired through fortuitous scrummaging through discarded paintings from previous years.  For one or another reasons people spend a great deal of time painting during session only to eventually leave these canvasses behind.  Sometimes they start out with grand ideas only to find the task is too great for the alotted time; sometimes their grand ideas become too large to transport (something I have done myself on occasion);  others merely find the whole painting thing just isn’t what they expected so choose to move on to other activities.  It is the actions of these people which allow me to paint on a larger format without too much expense.  So for those students I am truly grateful.  The first panel remains as I presented it for assessment while the second panel I have begun reworking, possibly to be resubmitted this session…or not, depending how it turns out.  Mind you I have only added a small amount of layering and already I am pleased with the result.

The work below was done on the same day using a variety of drawing paper which I found tucked away in a drawer while trying to adopt a suggestion of neatness and organization on my back verandah.  The verandah is where I’ve been storing most of my art materials while we deliberate over how to convert it into a studio without losing all of our outdoor area.  Icould include images but I might save that for a whole blog of its own.



The objective is to lay down a heap of colour, tear up the paper then use these to collage some works on paper with added elements of guoache and ink  perhaps.  Yet again I find several of these small pieces
to be interesting on their own which causes the dilemma…

do I tear or don’t I?