its like an online art work journal with lots of pictures. A blog even.
Notes to Self: documenting and having a stab at articulating the general & specific ideas in my art work. The making process is a primary factor, hence the 'project' thing: its a virtual filing mechanism/online library index file sorting office thats not alphabetical and definitely virtual. For filing and indexes and sorting. You know.
I make a lot of my own clothes, which has always felt like an extension of my artmaking, so for sewing and womanly pursuits see Granny Corner
Right then here we go:
The following is slides from a booklet I put together to accompany my exhibition "Inscapes", which contains both works on canvas and small sculptures. This booklet refers to the sculptures, although they're not otherwise distinct from the works on canvas, in my opinion, as all the works are 'objects' rather than picture planes. I find out a lot about the works as I make them, as if all is going well, they are making themselves. The making process is an equal (if not greater) part to the finished object. Or at least that's how it feels to me. Maybe the following will explain that more clearly than my clumpy words.
1830 x 901mm. Loved working at this scale after all the teeny pieces I've been making for so long. With them my thinking has been that its an already crowded world and theres a helluva lot of art out there, it doesn't need more taking up valuable space. My house is well crammed with artworks, but I obviously still keep making because its second nature to me and its just what I do, but this way I'll try to not annoy anyone and make very small things. Then put them in a cupboard. Not asking anyone for anything, recycling old work & staying out of the way, being scrooge-like in my use of materials, and make good use of one of those lamps with the magnifier lens on a bendy stalk because EVERYTHING IS SO fkn SMALL .
Finished pieces go into a cupboard but my cupboards are getting full. So I feel both relieved and terrified that I've been offered a show with The Lost Ones Gallery in Ballarat, this October. Solo exhibition. Amazed at this incredible opportunity. Can make lots of BIG pieces! Lots!
I made this piece for my friend Susan, who is currently undergoing a second round of chemotherapy, following surgery for breast cancer. I'd say there wouldn't be a woman alive who didn't feel a quick, sharp tug to the heart on reading that last sentence. I know I do. Take what you want, but leave my boobs.
Ok so the only words I got there were "make a Katetop modified from the original pattern".
Swear to God I had this whole thing cracked in the first 15 minutes, then spent hours over the next two weeks getting it 'perfect", which of course it could never be because of that nitpicking. Swear to God I made the same mistakes, over & over. Metaphor for life, there.
There are obvious parallels between the Body Masks and this safe cocoon of our own creation. I have my studio and my laptop and from here I can make anything. He is in his digital playground where the communication is goverened by algorithms. It's an irony not lost on me that our enforced confinement has also been the greatest & most profound and sustained period of creative freedom I've ever known.
Yo, art fans, in response to many requests, selected artworks from a recent commission are now for sale to the public as limited edition prints on canvas & paper! The "Pop tribal PNG" artworks were conceived as commercial prints and are therefor available at low cost in both standard and custom dimensions; affordable art!
I've never been entirely comfortable describing myself as an artist, such a subjective, arbitrary term.
I work, and this is my profession; I make artwork, I'm an artworker.
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Embroidery on canvas, using DCM metallic embroidery thread with Scanfil metallic thread for couching. My first go at couching! My GOD it takes a long time.
Obviously I made this as difficult as I could, deciding that every single teeny circle had to be 'floating', ie, not 'run on' as much as guipure laces & corded laces are.
So I was plunging the thread through to the back, once the teeny circle was done, securing it, then pulling it back up to start the next teeny circle. Much and constant re-threading, cursing, and wailing and cursing.