About Artworker Projects
There once was an artist’s advocacy group (now defunct) I first came across as an art student in the late 80’s, The Queensland Artworkers Alliance. I loved this title, not just the solidarity & fellowship inherent in a word like 'alliance', but "Artworker", it seemed so real, so accurate a description of the way I sensed my life would unfold. ‘Artist’ seems so subjective and arbitrary, so laden with pejoratives sometimes and I worked! And this is my profession. So it’s been my self-awarded title ever since. I'm always working. I make artwork. I’m an art-worker.
Long story but short story, I have been artworking for quite some time in various locations and I work now from my studio at home in Sydney. I've been an art consultant to major hotels for years and have been commissioned many, many times to produce artwork for 5 star hotels and resorts internationally and have traveled widely in order to do so.
I'm quite the recluse these days though, since my eldest son's diagnosis with autism a few years ago, hence the home studio. We home school! My son sits in the middle of the autism spectrum, with significant needs, and its been astonishing how much good has come from the acute and unexpected change of circumstance. I though home schooling would be the end of my life but in fact, its been a career defining period of intense creativity & prolific art-making.
Finding myself more limited in professional work opportunities, Ive used the time in exploring & developing some artistic lines of enquiry, expanding my visual vocabulary, reading & sometimes understanding issues at play in contemporary art practice, experimenting with processes & materials and how these things convey beauty and meaning.
Creativity doesn't thrive in a vacuum and endless interior spiraling is self-defeating. Believe me, in our inward facing home/world I've done lots of it, although I already knew this to be the case and most artists do. Reconciling one's need to seclude so as to concentrate, with a need to see it reflected through the world's prism is a really tough nut to finangle: you don’t care about what everyone thinks/ you're trembling to see what the world will think.
So I began this website & committed to maintain a self-accountability through it, I started writing it all up & compiling images, sorting through the work and following theoretical tangents…making conversations-with-self, in an effort to distill & articulate what it is I’m really trying to figure out.
Meanwhile things get made, and that's the thing. I think in my work, it’s all about time, time as a concept and as told by the practice of artmaking.
To quote the well quoted Chuck Close: “All the best ideas come out of the process: they come out of the work itself.” So it becomes immaterial what the end result is. I like to figure out how to make things that I see in my mind or that I feel have already occurred, only they havent, not till Ive made them. So I make. Translating ideas into things. It’s in between the idea and the product that the art happens, it’s in the practice; work is created while I work, and everything is in the making.
And Granny Corner! Now that's my womanly pursuits. Sewing. You can fuck off & leave me with my sewing because sometimes, the only activity I can get my head around are those conducted in Granny Corner.
I've always made most of my own clothes, it’s always felt like an obvious, natural occupation & I like making nice things to wear. It's manufacturing with the benefit of receiving a fairly immediate, joyful reward: fashion! I get so much emotional support from the sewing community, online as well as IRL and being so isolated, as I am, that has really been a spiritual boon I never expected, but for which I am truly grateful. The real true friendship I've found has saved my bacon many times, even daily really. Feeling connected to and part-of when I'm here alone with All The Thoughts.
Sewing: making lives a little less lonely, a little less isolated and a lot more shiny. And if you're me, really, really shiny. I have gilded my own fabric before, oh yes I have and not just the once.
Over & above everything is my firmly held belief that the best is yet to come, just keep doing the work. And wear the nice clothes.
Fellow travellers, thank you for stopping by!