Creepy, Commendation & Interview
The last month has been a busy time.
I managed to complete three pieces for the Incognito show in Sydney and am disappointed I won't be able to attend. If you are planning to go and want to purchase my works they are numbers 1781, 1810 and 1902. Each A5 artwork is a combination of paint and collage. The collage pieces were created by painting canvas paper and cutting out each shape. All artworks at Incognito sell for $100.
A few weeks ago I was approached by a local Melbourne magazine, The Hornet Press. The editor had seen my art in the window of an art gallery in Brunswick West and it inspired her to contact me.
The link can be found at the top of the about page so click here to read.
The last term is now finished and I can share my final projects. In my last blog, I mentioned a deconstruction-reconstruction project. I had hinted about going in the horror direction and that is exactly what I decided to do. The three pretty little dolls were transformed into a grotesque robotic creature that is most definitely not suitable for children.
I chose to work with the second image and then had to paint it on canvas to further remove it from its original purpose.
I really enjoyed the process and the very fitting name that I titled the finished painting was "Three.. Two.. Run!".
Throughout the study period from November 2021 to March 2022, I elected to do three subjects. While it was a tough ask, on top of my art organisation responsibilities and art practice, I received High Distinctions in all three units. Because I this I was recently awarded a Commendation from Curtin University for academic achievement. I am still in shock, but super proud of my achievements.
I am been invited to exhibit with regional Victorian Artists and have been given an old LP record to paint. The record is from the 50s and prior to painting, I have been listening to it.
It is quite interesting how much music has changed in 70 years.
The inspiration for the artwork was initially going to be the Singer, Bill McCormack, who had his own TV show for 3 years, however, even the Channel Nine archives have not been fruitful in finding any information. My other choice was to research the record company and that has been very interesting. I have now used the original art deco building in Melbourne, along with song names and Bill's Irish background to arrive at the following digital mockup, which I revealed on Instagram a few days ago.
I will post the finished record painting in my next blog, along with results from the Incognito Art Show.
To celebrate my 50th birthday I have started a fundraiser for MAVA Inc., the art organisation I founded a few years ago. Nothing makes me happier than being able to help other artists and makers. The minimum donation is $7.
If you would rather donate and receive artwork in return please visit the MAVA Inc Art Shop. https://www.mavacollective.com/shop
All funds raised will help to fund workshops, our online presence and future exhibitions. https://www.facebook.com/donate/724065988641854/
Please share with your followers and benefit the artists and makers in Victoria.
Until next time, thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I will get back to the studio and paint my little heart out for the rest of the day.