Today I delivered my work to May Space for the exhibition of Sydney Printmakers work. The gallery is open during restricted hours or there is an online catalogue here. They have had to think of creative ways to manage the gallery during these extraordinary times.
Anthea Boesenberg, Order and Chaos 1,2 & 3, woodcut monoprints, 78cm x 61cm, 2019
Sitting at the gallery invigilating (but not being particularly vigilant), it’s very satisfying to look at the work produced by my colleagues Anna Russell and Rhonda Nelson and I, and ceramicist Felicity Hall, over the course of almost a year.
Anna Russell, Updraft, monotype, stencils, 56cm x 76cm, 2019
I spent the weekend doing a mokuhanga workshop with the wonderful Ros Kean. In a really packed few days we learned a basic printing technique, and lots of other things, like how to make a carrier brush, how to maintain your cutting tools, and lots of information about pigments and papers.
I really enjoyed the quiet process of making things from the natural materials around the studio, and the ceremony of attending to the tools. Perhaps I won’t pursue Mokuhanga itself, who knows how it will fit into my practice?
I’m now sharing the studio with two others, so a pretty radical cleanup has had to take place! I’ll share some photos now, because it’s probably going to be all downhill from here, unless my friends keep me on track.
As my friend Peri said, Entropy will get to this.
However, let me bask in the order and cleanliness for the time being,
‘A place for everything and everything in its place.’