Saturday, August 11, 2018

keep up-to-date with the latest happenings!

Dear Peeps! 

I hope life is treating you well. Due to my time-lapse between each post, I will no longer be posting on this blog site, however, I will continue to keep my 'news' page current on my website.

If you would like to keep up-to-date with the latest happenings with my arts practice you can subscribe to my NEWS page located on my website.

Thanks so much for your encouragement and support over the years, it is warmly appreciated! J


ich liebe dich, 2018, photography, wire, new and used tea bags,
fabric dye, ink and varnish, 40cm x 140cm, photo by Stewart Gould.
Finalist, new work for the Friends Regional Gallery Caloundra Inc., 
Local Artist - Local Content Art Prize 2018. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Tightrope Group Exhibition

My work Mangrove has been selected to exhibit in a group show entitled Tightrope, which is now showing at the Pine Rivers Art Gallery. 

Mangrove (detail), 2017, used tea bags and wire, H1200mm x W+D1500mm, photo Tony Webdale.

Developed by the Moreton Bay Regional Council, Tightrope showcases works from artists across 
the region that respond to the environmental story that can swing from great wins to enormous challenges, trying to balance selfish with the sustainable. 

The Tightrope exhibition continues until Sunday 4 August 2018.

Unit 7/199 Gympie Road
Strathpine Qld 

Mon to Sat 10am to 4pm
Free Admission

Saturday, January 27, 2018

exhibition images on website + highlights

Exhibition images for Domestic Duties Chapter Three 'Sacred in the Domestic' are now uploaded to my website for peeps that were to far away or for those who were unable to visit the gallery.

Click here > for viewing 😊

Huge thanks to all the staff and volunteers at Noosa Regional Gallery for their support while presenting my exhibition - their manner of professionalism is second to none!

A few exhibition highlights to share with you...

A super fun time with gallery staff installing my exhibition - painting plinths.

Assembling the rotary clothesline with Glen, my rock and partner in crime.

Friends visiting me at the gallery 😍!

After hours upon hours of intense labour completing this piece, finally saw Radiant Love being hung.

...and making it seem all worthwhile with peeps admiring your work!

The Kids Art Space is being embraced by one and all, even the locals ... 

A proud Carmela (below) with her hand-made personalised prayer flag hanging and her seven happy words ... 'Happy, Playing, Baby, Music, Pancakes, Clean and Toys'.

I particularly liked the graffiti residue left on the table from writing on the prayer flags.

Fashioned by Brooke, the Peg Mandala activity area is made complete with a round table and donut cushions.

Facilitating seven children's art activities over the duration of the exhibition, and wrapping it up with the Peg Doll Making Workshop on ArtPlay Sunday.

A happy tiny peep with her hand-made peg doll ...

Monday, November 13, 2017

Domestic Duties Chapter Three - Official Opening

Please accept this warm invitation to the official opening of my next solo exhibition, Domestic Duties Chapter Three 'Sacred in the Domestic' to be held at Noosa Regional Gallery on Friday 1 December 2017 from 6pm. Guest Speaker Dr Ginna Brock.

Domestic Duties Chapter Three is the finale in the trilogy of explorations into the domestic sphere. 

Sacred in the Domestic (detail), 2017, vintage laundry trolley, wire basket, plastic, upcycled pillow-cases, ink, 22 carat gold leaf and varnish.

One of the features of Domestic Duties Chapter One (2011) and Domestic Duties Chapter Two (2012) was audience participation. The audience informed the development of the works in both exhibitions by responding to the term ‘Domestic Duties’. Domestic Duties Chapter Three continues the conversation and documents the response to the phrase ‘Sacred in the Domestic’ by transferring them onto the prayer flag like fabric so that it reads as a stream of consciousness poem – a snapshot of our community in the here and now.

9 Pelican St,
Tewantin Q 4565

Exhibition dates 1st December 2017 to 21 January 2018
Official Opening Friday 1 December 2017 at 5.30pm 
Guest Speaker Dr Ginna Brock Lecturer, English and
Creative Writing, Faculty of Arts and Business, USC.

Artist Talk Wednesday 6th December 10.30am to 11.30am.

Please note: The Gallery will be closed from 3pm, Friday 22 December and re-open 10am, Tuesday 2 January 2018.

Domestic Duties Chapter Three 'Sacred in the Domestic' is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

a little teaser ...

Spiritus Mundi (detail), 2017, vintage rotary clothesline, powder-coat, 22 carat gold leaf, varnish, 112 upcycled pillow-cases and ink, H 2400mm x W + D 4000mm.

Inner Core (detail), 2017, bamboo, paint, upcycled vintage bias binding and ink, dimensions variable (pole length 1300mm).

Radiant Love (detail), 2017, wood, metal, powder-coat and automotive paint, diameter 920mm (Qty 7 one in each colour of the rainbow).

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Masterclass - Floating Land

I will be presenting a one day Masterclass on Saturday 30th September from 10am to 3pm at Noosa Regional Gallery as part of their 2017 Floating Land event. Participants will create totemic sculptures out of wire armature and the humble tea bag. Each participant will have the opportunity to engage with my processes, praxis and aesthetic principles, while the more sophisticated outcomes will be considered for inclusion in the curated exhibition contributing to Floating Land 2017.
Strictly limited to 10 participants, please follow this link to register your interest, or contact Noosa Regional Gallery direct on 5329 6145.

Mangrove (detail), 2017, used tea bags and wire, H1200mm x W1500mm x D1500mm (variable).

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Papillon - Redland Art Gallery

Please accept this warm invitation to my next showing of Papillon. 

This time Papillon is heading to Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland. The Official Opening is Friday 18th August at 6.30pm and to be opened by Saffron Drew, RADF Liaison Officer, Sunshine Coast Council. Please RSVP here

My Floor Talk and Morning Tea is at 10.30am to 11.30am Sunday 20 August 2017.
Please RSVP here

Also, I will be facilitating a Papillon Tea Bag Butterfly Adult Workshop as part of the Galleries Public Program on Sunday 8th October 2017 from 10am to 1pm at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland. Cost $10 non-refundable booking fee. For more information please call the Gallery (07) 3829 8484 or RSVP online here

Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland
Cnr Middle and Bloomfield Streets,
Cleveland Q 4163

Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 9am - 2pm

Admission Free

Monday, May 22, 2017

Domestic Duties Chapter Three - Seeking your thoughts!

Being part of You, Me and a Cup of Tea was a wonderful experience, but time waits around for no man and time is ticking on my next big gig's deadline, Domestic Duties Chapter Three 'Sacred in the Domestic' a major solo exhibition at Gallery One, Noosa Regional Gallery (dates below).

Some may remember participating in the previous two chapters, Domestic Duties Chapter One (2011) and Domestic Duties Chapter Two (2012) and I thank you for the overwhelming responses. The initial concept for the Domestic Duties Project was to create an installation using an iconic Hills Hoist Clothesline as the center piece for the exhibition, well space didn't allow for the first two chapters, and in hindsight, time was needed for the concept to ripen and mature to its full potential - Chapter Three see's the inclusion of personal interpretation into mandala, pray flag and rainbow colour symbolism.

Domestic Duties Chapter Three is the finale in a trilogy of explorations into domestic duties. Chapter three also invites audience participation by responding in ONE word to the phrase
"Sacred in the Domestic" - some of the ONE word responses I've received thus far include; thankfulness, grace, calm, appreciative, bliss and the list goes on...

If you like the concept and feel like sharing my Domestic Duties Project with all your friends and family - I would LOVE you too!! Your ONE word can be commented on here or emailed to me at thanks!

ps: feel free to comment as many times as you like, with as many ONE words as you like...

Exhibition dates 1 December 2017 to 21 January 2018
Official Opening Friday 1st December at 5.30pm
Artist Talk Wednesday 6th December 10.30am to 11.30am

"Chapter Three continues the task of peeling back the layers of domestic life and revealing the sacred through objects constructed out of domestic detritus. It fuses the visual aesthetic of the artist with documentation of the community's interaction with the making of the first two chapters"

This project is supported by the Queensland Govenment through Arts Queensland

Friday, February 10, 2017

You, Me and a Cup of Tea

You, Me and a Cup of Tea is now showing! Anyone in the Bundaberg region is welcomed to visit the gallery (free admission) and those not so close can take a sneak peak in my pics below ...

A huge thank you to Zoe Blandford, Gallery Staff and Volunteers at the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (BRAG) for their professionalism in presenting the exhibition and for their generous hospitality while on my stay in Bundaberg.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

exciting news!

Exciting developments have emerged since my last post so I thought it was high time I shared the news! Papillon has been selected to exhibit at two regional galleries in 2017. Having received such an overwhelming response with visitors to Caloundra Regional Gallery
I decided to tour the show.

Papillon's first showing will be in a group exhibition entitled You, Me and a Cup of Tea at Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery from 2nd February to 19th March 2017. Curated by Zoe Blandford, both installations that comprise Papillon will showcase in Gallery One and The Vault. Also in Gallery One will feature artworks by three nationally selected artists, and artworks from ten local artists. The iconic building has a unique history of which 57 years (1921-1978) of its life was home to the Commonwealth Bank where several changes to the building's architecture took place creating two concrete bank vaults - used today as the gallery's collection storage and The Vault installation space. The Vault is a groovy little space, having two adjoining rooms - In Flight will suspend from the ceiling in both The Vault gallery rooms, while In the Light of Truth will be displayed in Gallery One.

Then later in the year, Papillon will exhibit in gallery 2, 3 & 4 at Redland Art Gallery, Cleveland from 20 August to 8 October 2017. Officially opened in 2003, the Cleveland Gallery is located in town, corner Middle and Bloomfield Streets, with cafe's and shops nearby and only minutes from the ocean. On our recent visit and by local advice we took a short drive to the Lighthouse at Cleveland Point for lunch, and omgward what a treat that turned out to be, lunch with a stunning view...

Cleveland Point overlooking Raby Bay

You, Me and a Cup of Tea 
Exhibition dates 3 Feb to 19 March 2017
Official Opening Friday 3 Feb from 5.30pm
Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery 
1 Barolin St
Bundaberg Qld 4670
Opening hours:
Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Sat, Sun & Public holidays 9am - 1pm
Admission Free

Exhibition dates 20 Aug to 8 Oct 2017
Official Opening Fri 18 Aug at 6pm
Redland Art Gallery
Cnr Middle and Bloomfield Sts
Cleveland Qld 4163
Opening hours:
Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 9am - 2pm
Admission Free

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Papillon highlights

I thought it would be nice to share a few highlights (photos) from Papillon while also taking this opportunity to thank all those involved, especially the staff, install team and volunteers at Caloundra Regional Gallery. I'd like to start by thanking the newly appointed Gallery Curator, Hamish Sawyer for his support and for writing a review on Papillon for my eight-page catalogue (available upon request pls email ). And to the rest of the staff, Sam, Toni, Jenny, Lauren and Liz including the install team, Mal, and Simon, thanks - installing over five thousand butterflies was quite an undertaking, to say the least!

Thanks to everyone who went and saw the show, I am extremely humbled by your support Papillon warmly received over two thousand visitors to the gallery.

I would also like to thank Jennifer, Vivienne and Tony for saving all those used tea bags for me! Spilling over from the Expressions of Love's store, I'm so glad I had the foresight to stock pile their tea bags - it took nearly two years to reach the desired amount used in Papillon.

This photo was captured by Tony Bryant, I like the detail in this shot!

I really enjoyed participating in the process of install, all hands were on deck (L-R; Simon, Tony, Jenny, and Hamish) almost finished, three thousand butterflies were pinned to the wall for the installation In the Light of Truth, 

...and over two thousand were hung from a net in In Flight. Install team pictured L-R; Simon, Sam, Toni, and Mal.

Opening night drew a modest crowd and was shared amongst family and friends, old and new with guest speaker Dr. Nita C Lester who kept everyone enthralled with her speech. Following photos by Lindsay Ham.

Celebrating the opening with Hamish Sawyer, Gallery Curator,  

...and (L-R) also exhibiting artist Karen Richards (Flora non Evidens) and Janet de Boer OAM. 

The intimacy shared with Uncovered Conversations was a delight, as were the surprise visits from close friends. Following photos by Barry Alsop.

Tech talk with Jennifer - explaining how the images were transferred onto the tea bags.

My dearest (and fiercely independent) friend Petrus, who took advantage of his visit and delivered his cache of used tea bags.

Both installation view, plus in the foreground Petrus having a cup of tea before driving himself home.

Another highlight was facilitating the Adults and Children's Butterfly Making Workshops - actually, there were so many highlights, too many to list in one blog post! More photos can be enjoyed via my website in NEWS and/or EXHIBITIONS

Friday, July 8, 2016

ArtsCool workshop - results!

The ArtsCool workshops (previous post) were so much fun, and the outcome from them was too good not to share....

Day one - morning and afternoon class - Clay Minions. Some precious little gems here!

Day two catered for two different age groups, with Leaf Animals in the morning for the younger ones,

...and Tea Bag Collage in the afternoon for the older children - being inspired by German Dada artist Hannah Hoch and photomontage using magazine cut-outs and used tea bags with some fabulous results!

The results speak for themselves - we have such a talented bunch of little peeps here on the Sunny Coast, don't you think!