Animals in the Anthropocene: critical perspectives on non-human futures

July 1st, 2015  |  Published in theory  |  Leave a comment

I have a paper published in this anthology.
http://purl.library.usyd.edu.au/sup/9781743324394

Kangaroo/Stingray/Lorikeet Shroud collection

June 11th, 2015  |  Published in field research, practice  |  Leave a comment

Darren and I drove the ute to the shroud site, but once I removed the body of the kangaroo, the smell was diabolical! I spent most of my time running away from the stench so I could take another deep breath and hold it while trying to put the rancid canvas in a vinegar tub. I didn’t have enough vinegar needing another 40 litres. The stingray was much easier to deal with and the print was perfect.

The lorikeet’s colourful feathers are so beautiful, but the print on paper needed to be exposed to the elements more so the feathers could be defined. Darren enjoyed taking photos of my disgusted expressions and flights to escape the cloud of doom!

To see all the images taken (there are more funny ones of me running away and making disgusted faces see https://www.flickr.com/gp/36965266@N08/7y3o91

Newspaper article

June 10th, 2015  |  Published in practice  |  Leave a comment

Today my interview with reporter Jo was published in the South Coast Register. I also spent time finding a local source for bulk vinegar in preparation for tomorrow’s shroud processing. In the studio I have been obsessively painting the colourful shells that were made into traditional Yuin necklaces by Julie Freeman, which I bought from the Galamban exhibition at CMAG a few years ago.

Shroud Site visit, Studio work and Eliza’s Mural Project

June 5th, 2015  |  Published in field research, practice, teaching  |  Leave a comment

Yewande and I walked to the shroud site yesterday and saw the stingray very dried and the kangaroo losing fur now and internal liquids. In the studio I have been stitching canvas soaked in eucalyptus and wattle leaves to the back of the woodducks shroud to fill the holes in the body stain. I have also been working in ochre on ‘Nebachudanezar making a Cloud (after Boyd)’. Today I began working on the Woollamia Rosella shroud using oils and find the fumes a shock after using ochres. Yesterday I also began a mural project with local school student Eliza. The design and painting method were all her idea and its looking good!

After Boyd

June 1st, 2015  |  Published in inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

The Following works reference original works by Boyd in title and/or composition.
The personal significance is in relation to my son Zephyr Nebachudanezzar born on the Shoalhaven river when Adam and I lived in a farmhouse across the river from Bundanon.

Ochre exhibition

May 26th, 2015  |  Published in exhibitions  |  Leave a comment

Margot Curtis and I are having a small exhibition in the foyer gallery of Shoalhaven Arts Centre and Regional Gallery opening 6th June 12-2 and on till the 4th July

Bundanon: Wombats

May 26th, 2015  |  Published in inspirations  |  Leave a comment

I just have to talk about the wombats.
Wombats are really cute and noisy (so they keep me company). They peak through the window at me while I work and leave their poo on the verandah, I gotta be careful in the dark…

Bundanon: Rainbow Lorikeet Shroud

May 26th, 2015  |  Published in field research, inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

Alicia, who was Visiting Bundanon for a couple of days, found another gift beside the apartment. The colourful rainbow lorikeet. I placed her on thick paper between two heavy boards. Thanks Alicia.

Bundanon: Kangaroo Shroud

May 20th, 2015  |  Published in field research, inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

Yesterday, Bundanon staff moved the dead daddy kangaroo away from the homestead to the stingray shroud site. Today I estimated and cut a length of canvas from my roll and walked out in the heat of the midday sun to the site. Ravens and a wedge tail eagle greeted me. The kangaroo is big but young and fibrous and so I was able to drag him by his thick black tail onto the canvas I had laid out beside him. It was, miraculously, a perfect fit. His death pose is strong and dynamic. The stingray is drying out nicely and should create a neat silhouette.

Bundanon: Day 7

May 18th, 2015  |  Published in field research, inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

I jogged along the Cedar trail this morning and discovered dead lantana bunches hanging like crazy nests from trees and rocks. I checked on the stingray and it survived the night, but two ravens were hanging around calling to each other. I filled up the copper cauldron with water from the lagoon and found a dead daddy kangaroo. Maybe he had a fight with another daddy so I told Jennifer the collections manager and she said it needed to be moved. I suggested he could become another Bundanon shroud. Jennifer’s husband had found a ‘skate’ at a similar time to me on a Vincentia beach and photographed it. They had also found it serendipitous considering the Boyd show featuring the Skate was on at the Jervis Bay Maritime Museum at this time. I think both should feature in my stingray works. I put one coat of rabbit skin glue on 6 canvases including the Woollamia ringtail possum and rosella.