Four residencies for October 2020 to June 2021 have been awarded for The Old School Mt Wilson.
I am very pleased to announce I have been awarded a four week residency to develop my Wildfire project.
On Saturday 26th of October 2019, a hot, windy, stormy day brewed in the Blue Mountains. A bolt of lightning made ground at Gosper Mountain setting the Wollemi National Park on fire. The epicentre of a mega blaze that swept through the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Hunter Valley, Cudgegong, and Central Coast local government areas.
My aim while artist in residence is to connect with people from Mt Wilson, Mt Irvine, Bell, Mt Tomah, Bilpin and surrounding communities to hear about their experience dealing with the mega blaze. My purpose is to conserve valuable stories and contribute creatively to the Australian bushfire history.
Zoomed – selected as a finalist in 2020 Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award.
150cm x 150cm March to July 2020 ink, acrylic, oil stick, pastel and hand stitching with string on paper
JADA is Grafton Regional Gallery’s flagship art prize, celebrating drawing in all its splendour from hyper-realism that is beyond belief to the expressive and abstract, evoking the poetic and emotional response to the human condition and our environment. Many of the works question and challenge the notion of the traditional drawing; while others provide a contemporary perspective and reinvigorate those traditions.
The Gallery will launch the exhibition on Friday 2 October where Judge, Peter McKay will announce the winner of the $35,000 prize with the works remaining on view until 22 November 2020. Peter is Curatorial Manager of Australian Art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art.
Enamoured selected for the 2020 Swan Hill Print and Drawing Award.
Celebrating printmaking and drawing, this long running prize will see some of the finest contemporary works entered from across Australia.
The mission of the Swan Hill Print and Drawing Awards is to promote excellence in Australian prints and drawings, present an exhibition of contemporary works and continue to build a high-quality collection for Swan Hill Regional Art Gallery.
Lonely on a trip away from loved ones, I appreciated and became captivated with a wild magpie that came to visit me. Enamoured is drawn with burnt branched and sap, collected after the 2020 bushfires in Australia, which destroyed a vast amount of our wildlife’s habitat.
Artist talk – ‘Trashed’ now showing in Occupied at The Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
Saturday 4th July 2020, 11am
30 Parke St, Katoomba, NSW 2780
Trashed is created from cans, plastic and glass bottles thrown out on the side of The Bells Line of Road in a 30-kilometer distance from Mt Tomah a to Browns Swamp at Lithgow. NSW Trashed – approximately 1000 objects with dimensions
Discarded bits of cardboard, wood and acrylic and enamel paint.
13cm(h) x 11cm(w) x 18cm(l)
Home has been inspired by my love of architecture. I am especially fond of the make shift, old, busted, or derelict. I like looking at the evidence of activity seen in the character of old buildings. Dog scratch marks on a back door, little balcony’s protruding from windows and holes covered or walls constructed from random bits of wood. The charm I see in old buildings causes me to ruminate about previous inhabitants and the times they lived in.
I had so much fun making these little dwellings out of empty boxes and odds and ends lying about in my studio. It’s deeply satisfying creating original artwork from single use items that get thrown out. It costs me nothing but time and innovation with what I have.
In January 2020, just after the mega-fires went through the Blue Mountains, I went to BigCi Artist Residency at Bilpin, NSW. I did this to be in the charred landscape and see how I could respond creatively to such a significant time in our history.
As a result I created ‘Trashed’ which is currently showing in Occupied at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre.
Trashed’ has been created from cans, plastic and glass bottles thrown out on the side of The Bells Line of Road in a 30 kilometre distance from Mt Tomah a to Browns Swamp at Lithgow.
The extent of how much is chucked out on a scenic drive became more evident after recent bushfires cleared away trees and shrubs hiding litter along the highway.
Occupied runs from 2 June to 5 July 2020.
Photo credit – Graeme Wienand.