Wednesday, May 30, 2012

All set up

It’s been a full-on week installing the exhibition - a few snap shots...


I wanted to include as many ONE words as I could in the exhibition and decided to have a few placed randomly on one wall. There were so many words to choose from I opted for the most re-occurring ones plus a few that took my fancy. This bit was a killer on the shoulders putting them in place, slowly I might add, one letter at a time.


The one thousand and more ONE words written onto the peg strings for the Installation.


Then hung from the Folding Clothesline Installation - the lighting has cast shadows and looks great! I'd Rather Be Surfing! (my favourite piece :-) in the forefront.


And the Marrick Quick Dry Installation with strings of Southern Ice porcelain Pegs (with a carved word in the clay) - each string hung from a Dolly Peg, and the Pianola scroll in the background.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

opening night

As promised snap shots from lasts nights exhibition opening - Culture 2 Culture


top from left; Christine Elcoate, Noela Mills, Maya Carter-Malins.


Left; Councillor Jenny McKay and Ken Munsie.


Left; Noela and Jess


Left; Me and my good buddy Jen.


Left; Annie Burns and Tania Mitchell.


Right; Amy!


A snippet of some artworks... and below (for you Robyn) the collaborative Domino Tiles



No guessing which tiles are mine amongst these!

Exhibition details:

23 May - 17 June, 2012

Rosebed St Gallery
13 Rosebed St, Eudlo
Wed-Sun 10am to 4pm

Friday, May 25, 2012

Culture 2 Culture

Wet weather won't dampen the atmosphere for tonight's official opening of Culture 2 Culture at Rosebed St Gallery.  I just had to post the invitation on my blog, because it is so beautifully designed (thanks Noela), and looks absolutely beautiful in print - definitely a keepsake!

We're all braving the wet and cool weather to celebrate "Friendship" - I hope to see some familar faces there!  And for my overseas bloggers I will post some photos of the evening and artworks over the weekend for you all to see.


More details on the exhibition in my previous post - or just click > here


Monday, May 21, 2012

1000 words & more - Domestic Duties

It seemed only fitting to include the complete list of all the ONE word(s) compiled for this exhibition. I have been collecting words for over two years now, every opportunity I would ask for a word and noted it down in my trusty exercise book - using the ole fashioned method and using a pencil!  So many people have generously helped me along the way, even you my blogging friends have helped in my 200th blog post giveaway and I am very grateful!

I came across some old pianola scrolls recently and thought I'd try my hand at typing all my words down on the scroll a full length of a vertical wall approx. 2.3 metres.  One word that has repeatedly rolled off my tongue of late is THANKFUL. I've been so thankful to everyone for their help to collect my ONE words, Glen's sister Michelle even delivered Jordan's typewriter (below) from Brissy over the weekend for me!  (thanks Mich!).  Over 1000 words soon had to be repeated as I typed around a negative space creating the word THANKFUL.  Looks pretty groovy! 




Friday, May 18, 2012

Domino tiles, vessels &

The next group show I am participating in is an exhibition of Friendship & Collaboration.  Sponsored by Sister City Friendships and the local Government fellow artists Noela Mills and Christine Elcoate travelled to Jingdeshen, Xiamen and Wushi last year connecting with many artists, on their return they conducted 4 workshops here on the Sunny Coast with Chinese artist Li Jun resulting in a collaborative exhibition Culture 2 Culture with 12 artists [Li Jun and 11 locals], and school children's works from 2 Chinese schools and 3 Sunshine Coast schools.

The centrepoint of the exhibition will be 300+ domino sized ceramic tiles - made in Australia, some glazed here by local artists, others glazed in China and brought back for the exhibition.
and now we have a collaborative exhibition at  Rosebed St Gallery, Eudlo. 

A sneak peak of my pieces to be showcased - my inspiration was drawn from traditional Chinese porcelain techniques...


 My three slab rolled Southern Ice (SI) porcelain domino tiles


Wheel thrown pierced SI porcelain - Spoked


Handcarved SI porcelain tile - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not


A detail of the Triptych - Floral Motif  etched SI porcelain


and a 3 dimensional piece also SI porcelain - He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Sunday, May 13, 2012

I'd Rather Be Surfing!

I can say this piece is pure indulgence!  (Of course I have made some really safe and nice pieces for the exhibition Domestic Duties - it would be silly of me not to).   However!  As time has been getting closer to set-up and with most of the works completed - the temptation to throw caution to the wind and wildly express myself has filtered through and instead of allowing logic to dampen all the fun I have just let my hair down to play and be free ...

The surfboard "I'd Rather be Surfing!" piece - old wax still covers the surface just perfect for some graffiti.



Thursday, May 10, 2012

Domestic Duties Chp.2 - update

When I undertook my challenge to create a body of work from my topic Domestic Duties I knew it would be anything than the norm.  Initially starting out by compling a list of ONE words from everybody (on household chores), the plan was to create an installation with the 'one' words written onto pegs and hung from a Hills Hoist clothesline - I soon realised a break down was needed and decided to formulate 'Chapters' - this body of work comprising Chp. 2 (Chp.1 - Installation IMAGINE THAT! Showcase event 2011)

Picking up from my last update from my peg mandalas, I have been busy making and consolidated my ideas to incorporating artworks using Vintage/Retro (mostly) domestic ware.  Studio 4 Gallery is a quaint and intimate space not big enough to showcase a Hills Hoist clothes line, so I am installing a folding clothes line system instead for the interactive installation component. (Chapter 3 WILL see the Hills Hoist and a new perspective).

So what have I been up to?  Here's a snippet - paint a picture with these images below!  You could possibily ask "How could you make a piece of art from all this stuff?" Well I'm not sure either, tho'  I've had a whole load of fun trying!  The 'finds' have been all rather unpredictable and dependant on what was available in the op shops or markets etc., at that time.  Most folk would consider this stuff junk but for some reason I am gravitated to it by an uncontrolable force and just want to make art with it.  These bits'n'pieces are certainly an interesting array of stuff.  As to what will feature and what won't, well anything is possible!!!  Hopefully I will be able to continue my updates in the lead up to the exhibition to share some of the insights. One thing I can say tho' - it has been a liberating, exhilarating, most refreshing and fun process - the exhibition is shaping up quiet nicely!






You maybe wondering how a surfboard fits into the mix?  A chance 'find' actually when on my search.  An original vintage surfboard from the 1960's a Rod Tey's design, so it fits in with the era, and when I was a young girl I prefered to be at the beach surfing than having to help with the boring old housework!!   It will become more apparant when you see it - it was just way to irresistible to resist the temptation of creating an artwork with it -  its title "I'd Rather Be Surfing!"