Exhibitions and other Paraphernalia
NEW WORKS ... UNDERSTORY
20 MARCH - 24 APRIL 2021
COOL ART GALLERY, COOLUM BEACH
During 2020, the Covid 19 isolation year, I relished the quiet time spent beside our creek in the bush, drawing with quick gestural juicy marks, then later tearing and reconstructing these drawings as collage, to create new abstract landscape works. The process was so satisfying and the work seemed filled with life.
This led to the urge to allow the raw, bold, untidy and risky marks to be on the surface of my oil and cold wax paintings rather than covered up, as in my earlier paintings. I love the immediacy of direct mark-making and the fresh energy it evokes, so why did I want to tame it?
I’m deeply interested in the complex entanglement between the creative process and the spiritual path. My paintings can be seen as internal landscapes. My inner life and states of being are entwined with memories of external landscape imagery and these are expressed intuitively in the process of a painting.
It seems to me that I’m learning to allow my vulnerabilities and my contradictions, in some way, to be exposed through my work. I want the new paintings to have a vitality – not a wild, chaotic energy but an inner life force, a bit like a single green shoot emerging from the ground, embodying so much potential. But I also want a firm scaffolding and a sense of depth and mystery underpinning that immediacy. It’s one of those both/and situations.
SALT MAGAZINE AUTUMN 2021
SALT MAGAZINE, Noosa features my arts practice in their Autumn 2021 edition. Get a FREE copy on the Sunshine Coast to read about my process, my passion and my paintings.
DUETS: COLLABORATIONS IN CREATIVITY
MARCH - NOVEMBER 2021
The ‘Duets: collaborations in creativity’ initiative has been established by Creative Arts Gympie Region Inc with funding from Arts Queensland’s Creative To Go program. The aim is provide paid opportunities for artists and creatives of the Gympie region, as per the intent of the funding, and also to stretch, inspire and connect artists in our region – learning from each other to create new work.
I have been paired with Susan Lynch, a ceramicist working in earthenware.
Stay tuned to hear and see how we collaborate.
The project will culminate in an exhibition at Gympie Regional Gallery in November 2021.
EXHIBITION 14 MARCH 2020
The exhibition opened on Friday March 14, 2020 in Brisbane. Covid 19 had just bared its teeth and the usually bustling West End was bereft of people. A handful of faithfuls showed up and we had a good night, albeit socially distanced. Then Fish Lane Studios, like everyone else had to lock down, and slow down.
Ironically, the SLOW TIME exhibition spoke to this eventuality. It was a series of quiet introspective paintings that I had made in the months prior to Covid, addressing my perceived need to slow down, be still and create more space in my life.
And to be aware of the seduction of distractions, 'busyness' and filling the spaces.
For me, the exhibition was a timely reminder. Covid 19 provided the opportunity of solitude, space and silence to regenerate and turn inward.