I'll be performing at this event this week! Very much looking forward to working with my excellent friend Cab Huf to present another large origami performance for the Workshop Arts Centre.
I made a soundscape about a year ago to exhibit in a great project called the Sublimation project curated by Daniel Savage for the You Are Here Festival. Daniel invited a number of artists to make work for the show - and then a second group to make responses to the original works, translating the ideas or approaches into another medium.
For you are here I recorded sounds and stories from the Causeway in Kingston and the Jerrabomberra Wetlands at the end of Lake Burley Griffin.
I responded to a work made by Kate Smith that sourced stories from Canberra archives and reproduced them in the form of letters that could be found by the Festival attendees located around the festival hub, http://youareherecanberra.com.au/event/postscript/ Reading through Kate Smith’s letters about the history of Canberra I was drawn to the ones that mentioned the areas around where I live and have lived. Having grown up in the inner South, and moving back to this side of town after years spent living in the inner North and Queanbeyan I feel embedded in the familiar rhythms of Canberra life, but also aware of how the city has changed around me.
Blueberry St is the last street in the part of Kingston known as The Causeway. This is one of the older parts of Canberra and has a colourful history, having housed workers in the early days of the construction of the city. It is mostly inhabited by public housing tenants and has formed a strong sense of community. I don’t know how long I’ll be able to stay in the house I’m living in, and wonder what will happen to the Causeway in future as the city continues to develop. Right now I pay attention to the stories people tell me about the area and observe the comings and goings of the birds and animals over the seasons, appreciating the nearby wetlands and the sense that while I’m living in the middle of a city, my home feels like it is still an isolated farmhouse.
I'm teaching a new class next term at the Belconnen Arts Centre. I'm really looking forward to exploring and experimenting with the elements!
Art Soiree w/ Ellis Hutch(6 Weeks)
Term 4 > 19 October – 30 November (NO CLASS on 23 November)
Time > Thursdays 6:00-8:30pm
Cost > $245 or $220 with BAC Membership
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It’s elemental! -earth wind fire and water.
Contact Belconnen Arts Centre
02 6173 3300
Term 4: It’s elemental! – earth, wind, fire and water
Continuing on with our approach to interpreting the landscape theme from term 3 with Julie Bradley, this term Ellis Hutch will look into the forces of nature and find ways to describe them using drawing mediums including ink, graphite and charcoal on various papers and supports. The emphasis will be on interpretation, abstraction and symbolism and we will be investigating different ways of portraying these elements. Each week we will working from images that you have brought along that reflect your thoughts on these elements. There will be an opportunity each week to continue to work on your artworks and also to receive feedback.
Week 1 This week we will look at ways we could describe each element and will make our first rough drawings of our ideas to be used in our final artworks. Examples of artists who have approached this theme in their own personal style will be shown. Our first medium will be charcoal.
Week 2 Taking the element of earth this week, we will investigate what this element means to each of us. Graphite will be our medium.
Week 3 This week’s element is wind and our medium will be ink. Experimentation on various papers and grounds with ink will be explored.
Week 4 Fire is our subject this week. We will use all 3 of our mediums and experiment with various combinations.
Week 5 The element of water is our final element and once again all three mediums will be combined to make our final artwork for this lesson.
Week 6 We will make a symbolic representation of each of the 4 elements this week and review the techniques and approaches of 6 weeks. There will be an informal display of all the completed artworks.
Since returning from the field trip to Arkaroola , Jessica Brooke Anderson and I have been Artists in Residence at Megalo Print Studio and Gallery in Canberra. We've both done some printing in the past, but we're not printers by training and our skills were limited.
We applied for the Megalo residency because it's a great opportunity to access to a fully equiped print studio, with technical support and some funding as well. The staff at Megalo have been brilliant, welcoming us and making us feel at home while we've been working there.
Our focus has been on screen-printing and the recent research trip to Arkaroola, (discussed in previous posts) has provided us with the source material to develop into prints at Megalo.
The work we've been making will be on show in the exhibition Dreams and terrors at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka, 19 Furneaux St Manuka, next week. Exhibition opening: 6pm 18 August. Open hours: Thursday - Sunday 11am - 5pm
A second exhibition of our work will open at the ANU School of Art Gallery on 1 September - more details in the next post!
Arkaroola is a stunning place. My recent trip there in June with Jessica Brooke Anderson has been planned over the course of the last year. Our original intention was to spend time there observing the night starscapes - it is a famous location for clear skies and stunning views of the Milky Way.
We were able to do some sky observing, including a couple of visits to Arkaroola's own telescope dome - but much of our viewing included staring at clouds and muttering about the weather.
One of the wonderful and frustrating things about art projects that involve travel to remote locations is unpredictability. We can plan everything in detail - but weather, flooded roads, and all sorts of other unexpected happenings can turn everything upside down.
This need to be flexible and responsive to the situation gave us the opportunity to experiment and make new work that may otherwise not have been developed. Not knowing if, or when we'd be able to act on our plans meant we needed to live in the moment, to observe our environment closely and pay attention to the changing conditions. This generated conversations - we discussed our experiences and observations - noted when we'd been thinking along the same thought lines and where we were experiencing resistance, doubt, fear, exhilaration and wonder.
We moved slowly, took our time, and looked closely - at the ground, the flora, the colours... We listened - to the wind, to the silence - feeling the stillness of the air when we stood on the ridge-tops and the thud of unseen wallabies avoiding us as we navigated along narrow walking tracks.
During the wet days we set up a makeshift studio in the common area of the accommodation, drawing and writing, sketching out ideas and making notes for future reference.
In 2013 I spent a month in Finland working at Arteles Creative Centre undertaking a residency with the theme of Silence, Awareness, Existence. The time was filled with exploring; walking through the forests, around the lake and across the fields of surrounding farms. One of the highlights, apart from having focused time to work, was meeting other artists with shared fascinations. The conversations, critical feedback and the opportunities to gain insights into other people’s working processes were invaluable.
One of those artists was Jessica Brooke Anderson. Since saying goodbye in the winter dark of Finland we’ve stayed in touch and shared ideas, and recently had the opportunity to say hello again in the far warmer winter sun of central Australia (though it did rain almost the entire time we were there). Our mission was to spend time at the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary in the northern Flinders Ranges exploring the area, making work and studying the night skies. Following the trip to Arkaroola the second stage of our project has been to undertake a printmaking residency at Megalo Print Studio in Canberra.
We commenced our journey in Adelaide and drove north through lush, green farmland and into the semi-arid landscape of central South Australia. We were entranced by the shifting pastel subtleties of the waterlogged skies and distant hills appearing and disappearing beneath the clouds.
This watery-ness was to stay with us for the whole trip - our initial plan to view the starry night skies, thwarted by unseasonal wet.
Below are some images from the trip. In the next post I'll give some more detail about the work we commenced while there.
Today I had the opportunity to visit YLTÄ JA ALTA also known as Up and Under - by Nancy Holt.
I’m in Finland where I have the great good fortune to be an artist in residence at Arteles Creative Centre. I received funding from Arts ACT for this trip and so far I have had an inspiring and productive time. I’ll blog in more detail about the residency, today I wanted to share the images of this excursion. It was a stunningly beautiful Finland day. We had heavily falling snow, glorious changing light and the opportunity to climb and play in this wonderful piece of land art.
While in Tamworth installing the Poetic Lens, the Relative Constructions team had a wonderful chat with local ABC Radio host Kelly Fuller.
Have a listen to our conversation here: http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/09/18/4315597.htm
I recently spent a busy and productive week at Tamworth Regional Art Gallery installing the group exhibition The Poetic Lens with fellow members of the collective Relative Constructions. We were thrilled with how the show looked in the main gallery space at Tamworth and encourage anyone in the area to pop in and visit.
The exhibition continues at Tamworth Regional Gallery 466 Peel St Tamworth until the end of November 2015
While we were installing we had a chat with Kelly Fuller from ABC New England Radio http://www.abc.net.au/local/photos/2015/09/18/4315597.htm
The National Portrait Gallery have posted interviews with the three contemporary artists commissioned to create work for the exhibition All that fall. Working on this exhibition with the fantastic NPGA team has been such a pleasure. I was particularly thrilled to be one of the three commissioned artists and to show my work alongside Lee Grant and Lawrence English.
You can see us talking about our works here: http://www.portrait.gov.au/content/artist-interviews-all-that-fall
CCAS Social pages have posted a typically cheeky summary of the Innerspace opening on Friday night
Curator David Broker has put together an online catalogue with a very thoughtful essay that's worth a read here:
I was delighted to discover a lovely response to my work Last light, in a blog post by Michelle Potter today. She was reviewing a dance performance Walking and falling, shown recently at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, and mentioned my work in a post script: http://michellepotter.org/reviews/walking-and-falling-ql2-dance
It can sometimes be strange putting work into a show and then wondering how people experience it, what they perceive and if the work has the effect I am aiming for. It is wonderful to hear a response unexpectedly.
The show All that fall is currently on at the National Portrait Gallery of Australia until the end of July.