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July 21st, 2013

Jam tarts for breakfast, and always of the supermarket variety…

Also, Stephanie Margaritidis has written a blush-worthy piece on our house and my work on her blog (includes lots of photos). Meeting Steph and her partner, the artist Adam Laerkesen at the Dreamweavers opening was the best thing about being included in the show.

Stephanie runs Steph & Gaia, her Sydney based design company, the blog is included on her website.

Visit  stephandgaia.wordpress.com/2013/07/07

June 9th, 2013

as the year rolls on…

…and I have very little to show for my efforts, I thought I should write a bit here and there, post a few photos, so that I don’t look as if I have fallen off the planet. I am, in fact, working as hard as I have ever done but the next show is still a long, long way away – which is fortunate, because I still have a long, long way to go.

I have become an ‘Upholsterer Extrordinaire’. All day surrounded buy swathes of black leather and grinning dentures.

The box pictured contains my proudest collection. On the unfortunate occasion of our house catching fire, whilst all others are scrabbling for the photo albums, I will be running to rescue my box of teeth.


November 5th, 2012

Last Weekend

I was lucky enough to be invited to the openings of the two sculpture prizes containing afore mentioned work.

I landed in Sydney on Friday to attend the always elegant opening, of  The Woollarha Small Sculpture Prize. The promise of champagne on the lawn of the historic council buildings in Double Bay was incentive enough for the trip. I am always staggered at the quality of work in this show – and always feel honoured to be included. The winner this year was Thor Beowulf, his piece of work built around a living tree (albeit a small one). All the work is on the Woollahra website : http://sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au/, and is well worth a look.

Sunday’s outing was a little closer to home but no less spectacular. A beautiful lunch at Yering Station before the announcement of the 2012 Sculpture Prize. Again, a really varied and interesting collection of works, this time unrestricted by size – mine, which is probably among my largest, was dwarfed by most of the short-listed works. A I mentioned in my last blog the wonderful thing about the Yering Station Sculpture Prize, for me especially, is that it allows the artist to choose either an internal or external siting of their work. There are very few opportunities for sculpture designed for the intimacy of a room and I thank the organisers, particularly Savaad, for offering both impressive gallery space and spectacular grounds to all who entered.

Anyway, I won……

I don’t know how.

Little did I think, on that wild installation day, with ‘Quisling’ stuck under my arm, that a few short days later, I would be called up to the microphone, hands shaken, envelope presented and (horror) impromptu speech given. Still in shock really. I didn’t even know what the prize was.

The show is on at Yering Station until December 2nd.



September 24th, 2012

…something borrowed

The Other came down yesterday. Trocadero is a great space with a strong and intimate community feel – the opening was one of the least intimidating I have ever attended. Caroline is hoping to rehash this show, with the same artists, in a couple of years. I hope she does.

I forgot to mention that this small boy,…something borrowed, has been shortlisted for The Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize and is off to Sydney at the end of October. I am very excited to have made the cut as the published list of finalists is very impressive.

Quisling, a somewhat larger beastie, will also be out and about. It has been selected for the Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition, also at the end of October. This is one of the few sculpture prizes offering artists the choice of exterior or interior works – lucky for  me as I don’t think my bits of sticks and leather would fare all that well in-the-great-outdoors.

For anyone in Sydney, the Woollahra opens October 26, at 6.00pm and runs through to November 11

Woollahra Council Chambers, 536 New South Head Road, Double Bay                                                              www.sculptureprize.woollahra.nsw.gov.au

Yering Station runs from 28 October until 2 December                                                                                                                                         Melba Highway, Yarra Glen


September 17th, 2012

THE OTHER


I am appallingly bad at this.

And my apologies to anyone who has had the misfortune (and patience) to regularly check to see if I am up to anything new.

This year has not been one of my finest. All work was angrily and forcibly suspended for a period of five months due to an incident involving a push bike and a tram track – resulting in two broken hands and a broken foot. I will never again be on speaking terms with my bicycle as I can’t justify risking my ability to work…or it could just be a case of cowardice.

Anyway, my hands are nearly as good as they were, and I am back to full time upholstery (will explain later)

The stairwell pictured is the entrance to Trocadero Artspace, where I have two new pieces of work.

The Other, is an exciting group show curated by Baby Guerilla and includes work by the following artists:

Kristen McIver

Vin Ryan

Michael Brennan

Craig Cole

Sam Wallman

Calm

Adam Laerkesen

and Baby Guerilla

The show runs until the 22nd of September at Trocadero Artspace, 1/119 Hopkins St, Footscray.