Chaos and Order at Incinerator Art Space, Willoughby.

For the last 18 months I have been sharing a studio with two others, Anna Russell and Rhonda Nelson. This is our first exhibition together. I wonder where it might lead?

Rhonda has collaborated with Felicity Hall, ceramicist, for her ceramic work in the show.

We are having some ‘activities’ at the exhibition which might help engage people in the theme of the show, Chaos and Order.

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Weekend Workshop at Inkmasters

The workshop was so busy I didn’t have time to take any photos! The students were very prolific and some wonderful work was produced.

I will in due course post some photos from others, but  for now, let me show you some work I’ve done myself at the residency. It’s work in progress.

Warringah Printmakers Exhibition

WARRINGAH PRINTMAKERS STUDIO ANNUAL EXHIBITION 2012
Studio members will showcase their prints at the Sydney Antique Centre Gallery, 531 South Dowling Street Surry Hills, from Saturday 17 December to mid January 2013. Lots of time to come and see original handmade prints by students, teachers, committee and other full members of the Studio.

Here’s some of my work in the show – layered Monotypes on tissue with encaustic.

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Manly Gallery Artist’s Talk: Part 1

Yesterday I gave a talk at Manly Gallery to accompany the Leave Nothing but Prints Exhibition. Since I worked quite hard on it, (I find it very difficult to write about my own work) I thought I might publish it here, because it is an explanation of my approach. It was quite long, so I’ll have to publish it in a few parts.I hope you find it worth reading. This first part is illustrated with my photographs.

Why do I make prints?

The things that attracted me to printmaking were things I couldn’t find in painting, though others might. I am immensely attracted to paper, because I am really attracted to the surface of things. I make the joke that I am deeply superficial!

Through printmaking, I work with the paper, layering the images onto it, and trying to make the most of those happy accidents that are the gift of the printmaking gods from time to time. I look for marks I can make to create a seductive surface which will draw the viewer in. I have grown to love  the random, the accidental, the gestural where the nature of the marks I make leaves room for a kind of visual exploration of the surface.

My images are about surface, rather than form, line, colour and so on. I am attempting to evoke a feeling, or a mood, through the surfaces I create.

Reinforcements arrived

Angela Noble from Bega arrived to stay with us, which makes five women in the house. She bought us a whole kilo of Aussie Uncle Toby’s Oats, some home made candied cumquat and Cointreau and some Ferrero Rocher chocolates. I think she must have an innate understanding that living in Venice and walking everywhere, the body needs constant refuelling to maintain stasis.

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Together, the five of us have pledged to support the ailing Italian economy as best we can. We have been pretty tireless in our efforts so far, though some of us have worked harder than others.
Angela hasn’t even begun, but then she’s barely just arrived.

I found a small children’s press, Editions Du Dromedaire,
which has just published a two year calendar containing hand printed linocuts of camels.

Today was a top day for reflections……

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