ABC Art Bites: 'Mirror'

ABC ART BITES ‘MIRROR’ documentary series - 2018

‘Six Australian artists embark on a nostalgic journey back to a place of their past to confront memories that will inspire a self-portrait work.’ - ABC ARTS

I was born on a rural counter-culture community in Wytaliba, about 100 kilometres out of Canberra, where everyone grew their own produce on the land and washed and swam in the river. I travelled back to this place for the first time since leaving as a baby, to piece together the fleeting moments of my parents relationship and to find the mud brick home that they built together when I was a baby.

I created two self portraits in this beautiful and haunting place. One in the river where my mother swam when she was pregnant with me and one other in the mud brick house my parents built.

Stepping foot in my old house, which had now been reclaimed by nature, was a sad and beautiful thing. These self portraits for me was a collation of all of my feelings about returning to this place.”

You can view the full episode on iview -

https://iview.abc.net.au/show/art-bites-mirror/series/0/video/AC1705Q001S00

A huge huge thank you to Producer Kate Paul, Director Brodie Poole, Cameraman Dave May & the ABC for this extraordinarily incredible and once in a lifetime experience, one I will treasure in my memory & heart for always.

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Art Aesthetica Art Prize Finalist 2018

‘In Dreams’ from tje Plastic Fish series has been selected as a finalist in the Art Aesthetica Art Prize for 2018.

‘In Dreams’ will be screened in the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition 17 May - 30 September, York Art Gallery, UK, and featured in the Art Aesthetica Prize Anthology.

The book showcases the work of 100 of the most exciting artists from around the world and is a dynamic guide to International Contemporary Art.

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Finalist - National Still Life Award

I am completely and utterly surprised and humbled to learn that I have been selected as a finalist in the National Still Life Award with my image 'Our Love is Plastic' 2017, Archival Pigment print, 115.15 x 111.21cm.

Opening night at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, 25th November.

The Still: National Still Life Award 2017is a newly biennial, acquisitive award for works in the genre of still life, in all mediums, and is open to artists at all stages of their careers.

The Award offers $20,000 for the major award and $5,000 for the People’s Choice Award.

Still seeks to highlight the diversity and vitality of still life in Australian contemporary art practice, broadening the interpretation of this enduring genre. With art historian Frances Woodley’s definition that still life is “the representation of objects in space in relation to a surface … a representation, a reflection, a transformation and a revelation of the objects around us” as a starting point, the award encourages artists to explore, among others, still life themes of ‘memento mori’, the everyday and the passage of time, life and death.

The 2017 Finalists:

Tony Albert, Louise Allerton, Kelly Austin, Tanya Baily, Elie Begg, Annette Blair, Rene Bolten, Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Terri Butterworth, Fran Callen, Tom Carment, Angela Casey, Tiffany Cole, Karl de Waal, Trisha Dean, Mary Donnelly, Scott Duncan, Sarah Edmondson, Nicolette Eisdell, Merran Esson, Ben Fayle, Guy Gilmour, Sarah Goffman, Ronnie Grammatica, Linda Greedy, Colleen Greig-Canty, Vanessa Holle, Alana Hunt, Susan Jacobsen, Laura Jones, Helle Jorgensen, Paul Kalemba, Laura E. Kennedy, Myriam Kin-Yee, Zai Kuang, Michael Langley, Sam Leach, Kellie Leczinska, Alison Mackay, Josh Mackenzie, Kiata Mason, Julian Meagher, Robert Moore, Stephen Nothling, Susan O'Doherty, Sarah O'Sullivan, Sassy Park, Victoria Reichelt, Elvis Richardson, Damien Shen, Brendan Smith, Tim Snowdon, Richard Spoehr, Vipoo Srivilasa, Nathan Taylor, Samantha Thompson, Anselm van Rood, Prue Venables, Lilli Waters, Kati Watson, Greg Weight, Mirra Whale, Cleo Wilkinson

 

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