Filed under: 2007, made in, drawing, reading | Tags: drawing, flight, Saint-Exupery
And yet you go on sinking. The whole sky seems to be coming down on you. You begin to feel like the victim of some cosmic accident. You cannot land anywhere, and you try in vain to turn round and fly back into those zones where the air, as dense and solid as a pillar, had held you up. That pillar has melted away. Everything here is rotten and you slither about in a sort of universal decomposition while the cloud-bank rises apathetically, reaches your level, and swallows you up.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery in Wind, Sand and Stars.
A whole other type of void.
The spaces that surround us are an extension of the self. Today I visited Breanna in order to explore her relationship with the place she inhabits. Drawn from life the colouring was done after. I hope it does justice to the delicate pastel tones of her room.
Frozen hands can’t draw, nothing better for warming chilled joints than a cast iron teapot seeping its heat into the surrounding air.
Filed under: reading | Tags: First Australians, Germaine Greer, Marcia Langton
An amazing series that charts the colonisation of Australia through the perspective of the first Australians. The stories of individuals, both natives and colonisers, allows the impact of empire to unfold. If you have a few hours to spare all seven documentary episodes can be watched on SBS’s video player – go to ‘watch full episodes’ and select First Australians on the menu to the right.
Episode two covers Darwin’s theory that Australian Aborigines were a dying race. This allowed whites to absolve themselves of the guilt of genocide. The repercussions of this theory are still clearly felt in many of the attitudes to issues tsurrounding the current living standards of remote Aboriginal communities. These undercurrents can be felt in the writings of academics such as Germaine Greer. I highly recommend Marcia Langton’s retaliation to Greer’s writing and the debate between the two.
Marcia Langton is an indomitable woman.
Filed under: 2005, made in, printmaking | Tags: bonbeach, lino cut, printmaking
The beach on cold, windy days, inhospitable, the clouds pour over, a curtain of darkness. Today reminded me of this little picture from long ago, the suburbs I live in at their best. I experience them alone on days like these, too cold for the dog walkers, I face the wind coming off the water, look inland, heading home to peppermint tea and woolen socks.
I’m reveling in the memories that drawing this series is bringing up, gardens that felt like an entire wilderness and walled in flower beds overhanging fish ponds, perfect for imagined fairies. Feelings are going to become a little more fraught when I get up to some more recently departed homes.
I’m working on Magnani Pescia paper and I’m not happy with it. It has a beautiful almost fuzzy softness to it but anywhere the paper has become saturated it gives a mottled appearance. Any recommendations for favorite hot pressed watercolour papers would be appreciated.
Looking over these again I am so disappointed with the paper, I think I may have to start over again.
Filed under: 2009, made in, drawing | Tags: drawing, home, patterson lakes, watercolour
The beginning of a planned series of restrained watercolours, this is my first home. Currently between homes, temporarily accommodated in a place that once was home but is no longer I seek refuge in memories of settlement. No looming shadows as the memories are weak and mellow, more to do with my favorite yellow bathers than the structure of place.
Filed under: 2009, made in, book binding, craft, drawing | Tags: artist book, drawing, embroidery
I finished my latest work today, managing to squeeze drawing time in between classes, reading and report writing. This book is as much about touch and the tactile as it is about vision and viewpoint. It is made to be interacted with, from the supple give of cotton embroidery to the brittle ruptures of the folds.
My favorite part of uni? The books.
After reading just a small section I cannot recommend Disciplining the Savages Savaging the Disciplines by Martin Nakata enough. He examines the intersection of indigenous peoples and academia through the history of imperialism, administrative control and the designation as savage.
In Whose Culture? edited by James Cuno museum luminaries argue for an internationalist approach to the protection and ownership of ancient cultural heritage. By arguing that these objects are the property of humankind rather than the countries they originated from major museums can now be lifted of any obligation to repatriate these objects to the nations they were seized from throughout hundreds of years of war, imperialism and looting.
Filed under: 2008, made in, book binding, printmaking | Tags: concertina book, lino cut, printmaking
The stigma of the sunday painter sometimes must be endured, a stigma that is classist and often sexist, a stigma that should be eradicated. These prints were an ode to making art at home, printing on the bathroom floor, hills hoist as metaphor, domesticity encroaching on the borders.