An empty wall wasn’t a menacing prospect as I arrived ready to install last Monday morning to install for the Daylesford Group Residency Exhibition, the resultant exhibition from a residency I went on in November last year. Let me share a few work in process images, only a handful because I forgot to take photos as I worked this time.
Black. Actually, it’s very dark grey. I have oft considered it a non-colour, good for outlines and highlights, but my attitude is changing. As you know, I’m all about colour, but this (shade of) black is so flat. It just stops. I mix up glossy colours onto glossy vinyl all the time, but I like the abruptness of this section.
How do you describe your work to others?
Describing the visual and experiential in words is an artform in itself, but as an artist, you have to try. Put simply, I make abstract paintings large enough to step inside. The more complex description is that I make paintings directly onto wall, floor and ceiling using my gesture and reach to make a kind of signature of my body across a space, a residue of my body having been present at some time.
This year I was asked to take part in a project with eleven other artists. Here’s the skinny:
‘Twelve Australian female artists have been invited to participate in onefourfour which sees them create one work a month for one year. Every artist is assigned a month to choose a theme that all the artists work to, and the results are posted on this blog at the end of each month. The only restriction is that the work is to be 6 x 6″.’
The VCA Grad Show took place on in late November. Here are a few shots from the work I made there. It covered a great deal of space, including a long hallway and a small space on the floor below which was connected by the lift, hence the title Fracture Below. The work downstairs was the last work you saw, before taking the lift to the next floor and coming out inside the work.
I attempted to narrow my colour palette in this work. Focussing on a more traditional landscape colours like blues and greens. I found myself still quite attached to the contrasting colours. I perhaps allowed a few too many in, I had wanted to include just a few contrasts but mainly focus on the blues and greens to evoke more of a landscape feeling than before. In my next large scale work, I think I will focus more still on a narrow selection of colours.
For quite some time, I’ve been pondering the possibilities of installing work onto glass, thus having no visual barrier between the inside and the outside, but also approaching it as two-sided depending on the site. I was pleased to be included in a recent group show at D11 @ Docklands, an ARI (Artist Run Space).
Applying large sheets of vinyl to glass without leaving creases and bubbles behind can be incredibly difficult. Using a water sprayer liberally (very liberally) usually does the trick, but it’s still very hard especially if you’re doing it with only one pair of hands as I was. So, like any awesome person with lactic acid flooding their arms held aloft, I enlisted the help of my head on more than one occasion. Quite the sight, I’m sure.
The Homemade Festival wrapped up a couple of weeks ago. Dancers/performance artists, visual artists and a photographer came together over the space of about almost a year to develop works for this show. I found the experience fantastic, especially being exposed to how artists in different disciplines (particularly dance and movement) spoke about their work. I was surprised by how similar their creative process was, in many ways, and found even the vocabulary they spoke with was similar too.