Art is standing with one hand extended into the universe and one hand extended into the world and letting ourselves be a conduit for passing energy…. Albert Einstein
It’s been way too long since I wrote anything on here. Life has been just a bit crazy. It’s hard to catch up on all that has happened really. The last few months have been so traumatic with all the bushfires affecting Australia. We here in the Blue Mountains have been living with the threat of evacuation for too long and though it’s finally settling down, the aftermath will be felt for a long time to come. Tourists staying away in droves, businesses closing their doors as a result, the mental health of locals being affected, dreadful air quality due to smoke, homes lost, millions of animals killed and worst of all, the tragic loss of human life. But right now, I’m determined to remain positive and focus on the wonderful things happening. It’s important for me to always look for the good. So………
Towards the end of 2019, I traveled to Brisbane as two of my artworks were chosen as part of the Out from the Mist photography exhibition. From that, one of those pieces was chosen to be one of only 7 to be displayed at the Victorian Arts Centre. I also had another piece chosen to be shown at the Art Gallery of NSW where I did another artist talk. Around the same time, I was invited to NSW Parliament to attend an awards night revolving around domestic violence. Needless to say, I was bursting with pride at all these events.
I’d been speaking to an artist friend on and off for ages regarding how we might one day do an exhibition together and towards the end of the year, she phoned to say that we could do an exhibition at Balmain Watch House in March (this year). I of course, jumped at the idea and said yes. It meant we had to work quickly to get images and bios in but we did it all in one day. I figured I’d have time to make a new body of work for it. A few days later, I got an email to say that From Fractured to Fairytale had been picked up by the gorgeous Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Sydney……IN MARCH….
So I now have From Fractured to Fairytale on at Chrissie Cotter from the 4th to the 15th of March and Falling Through the Cracks, a collaborative exhibition with Jennifer Trezise from 20th to 22nd March. It’s going to be an extremely busy month. April will be spent recovering I think. I’m certainly not complaining. I have been given some incredible opportunities and I don’t take them for granted. But if I’d known, I would probably have preferred more time in between exhibitions. However, I know it will all fall into place. I am truly blessed.
I’m busily making headdresses and shooting images for the new exhibition as well as tweaking a few things for From Fractured to Fairytale ready for it’s next viewing. I can’t show you them all now as I want them to be fresh when they are on display. Art of course, has a mind of it’s own and the pieces have turned out to be very much a reflection of the things happening around me, in all their brutality, but I’m not going to force it to go in a way it doesn’t want to. Art tells me what to make, I don’t tell art. I’m also off to Ballarat during February for some much needed hugs, kisses, Puff the Magic Dragon and cups of tea from my granddaughter. I will be working while I’m down there to get everything finished.
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For now, I’m hoping you all have a wonderful 2020.. And although it’s late, here is some of the work I did in 2019. So much more to come in 2020 and I look forward to sharing it all with you..