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The Other Art Fair Sydney

October 25th, 2017  |  Published in exhibitions, practice  |  2 Comments

New Works for the Art Fair:
‘Shadow Self (Winter Currawong and Ringtail Possum)’ 2016-17. Currawong, ringtail possum, bitumen, oil, aquarelle and rabbit skin glue on canvas. 66 (w) x 165 (h) cm.
‘Death Hatch (Spring Port Jackson Shark)’ 2017. Port Jackson shark, bitumen, oil, delek and rabbit skin glue on canvas.
‘Body Map (Spring Stingray)’ 2017. Stingray, bitumen, oil, delek and rabbit skin glue on canvas. 88 (w) x 73 (h) cm.


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Worrowing Shroud Processing

September 29th, 2017  |  Published in field research, practice  |  Leave a comment

Last Sunday Darren and I drove to Worrowing in our old ute to pick up the shroud set featuring the turtle, baby Port Jackson shark, stingray and kookaburra. A horse came to check us out and ran away snorting and shaking its head when I shook out the turtle shroud. Must have got a diabolical whiff of it! At home I put them in a vinegar bath before hanging them out to cure for a few weeks. The only body I kept was the cute little baby shark. The rest I placed under a large eucalyptus tree.
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Worrowing Winter Shroud Set

August 30th, 2017  |  Published in field research, practice  |  Leave a comment

In preparation for the Other Art Fair in Sydney I set up a new Winter Shroud set at Worrowing last weekend. Magically as soon as I thought I needed to create more marine shrouds a baby Port Jackson shark, green turtle and stingray magically appeared on the beach where I jog many mornings. Then on the way to the shroud site directed by Tom I saw something on the track and discovered a recently deceased kookaburra!
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Bherwerre Wetland Mural 6 & 7

August 14th, 2017  |  Published in practice  |  Leave a comment

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Bundanon Rainbow Lorikeet

July 18th, 2017  |  Published in inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

On Sunday I completed the Rainbow Lorikeet I had created at Worrowing during my residency. The Lorikeet was found deceased by Alicia Talbot during my residency at Bundanon in 2015. Its shroud on paper is still waiting for a watercolour painting. At Worrowing I had a strong desire to paint on a sturdy linen stretcher with rich oil colours. I remembered a friend (my former primary school teacher) Bruce Malbon had requested a colourful bird, so I felt inspired. I began the ‘paint’-staking but enjoyable process of completing two coats of gesso in the negative space between the nest motif consisting of the raw linen glistening with rabbit-skin glue. I also left raw linen sections inside the Lorikeet too, which made the oil painting a little more challenging. I am very happy with the result. 68(w) x 64(h) cm.
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Worrowing Day 2

June 27th, 2017  |  Published in inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

Waking up seeing the colours of dawn from bed and painting. I had soaked a batch of rabbit skin glue and alum to size a bunch of new linen and canvas stretchers, one being the ringtail and magpie shroud created at hill End. I worked on Bherwerre 6 more too and thought of a work to paint for the Flourish theme Ravenswood Art Prize, although I only have two days left to create it, which may be impossible. Darren and I walked down to the dams and swamp on the property and found some clay colours suitable for the ochre expedition on Sunday. I was hoping to also find wattle glue but there were mainly casuarinas, eucalypts and paperbarks.
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Worrowing Day 1

June 27th, 2017  |  Published in inspirations, practice  |  Leave a comment

I moved into Worrowing today. A sun-filled studio apartment on a private estate run by Jenny, Adrian and one of their sons Tom who is also an artist. I focused on painting the 6th Mural. At 5pm I met Jennifer from Bundanon to hand over my artwork donation the diptych ‘Winter Stingray with Jennifer’s Skate (1) & (2)’

Bhewerre Wetland mural Project

May 11th, 2017  |  Published in practice  |  Leave a comment

The fourth and fifth mural of a 12 mural project framed and unframed

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Night Vision

September 24th, 2016  |  Published in exhibitions, practice  |  Leave a comment

Images from the performance work at Bundanon Siteworks tonight!

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Community murals

September 23rd, 2016  |  Published in practice  |  Leave a comment

When I returned from Hill End I photographed the community murals I have been working on over the past year. So many left to do for the Sanctuary Point wetland project (which is comforting). The first one is for SP Public School where I went as a child. It is a compilation of drawings made by current students.