Monday, November 23, 2009
My cast of characters are slowly assembling, waiting patiently in the wings for their last costume rehearsal. Some of the little spacecats are suffering from anxiety and perhaps stage-fright while the other larger felines are prancing around with confidence.
It's been a long time coming but I'm just in the process of putting a few finishing touches to the last pieces, and of course there are a few more creatures still emerging from the slip bucket in my studio. I'm currently planning the installation and have set myself an ambitious goal to create shelves that will hold and retain liquid (with lighting).
I would love to see you all at the show, so if you're in the area feel free to mosey on down to check out my 'Fractured Fairytale' Series.
The opening is on Wed 9th Dec, 6-8pm at Sydney College of the Arts, Balmain Rd, Rozelle, Sydney.
It runs to Wed 16th December.
Monday - Friday, 11-5pm
Sat - Sun, 11-4pm.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
I managed to piece together the fragments that survived the long trip from Norway for a display in this years Sydney Design Utility Exhibition titled 'Unbearable'. I also began work on a new display shelf made out of acrylic to hold liquids. I wanted to experiment with the porosity of the ceramic pieces and the contrast in textures. The piece is titled 'The Lust of the Huldra: a norwegian nightmare' and is based on the Norwegian myth of the woodland temptress, the Huldra, who lures men out of their homesteads with her beauty to steal their sheep and milk.
Thank you Mark for taking all the lovely photos.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Just when I thought it was safe to relax , I came home to the pulsating vibe of the 'Australian Ceramics Triennale'. And as it was taking place just down the road from me at my old college (NAS), I couldnt find a reason not to go. I listened and watched, albeit a little brain dead, but it was worth hanging around for the Marek Cecula and Takashi Yasuda words of wisdom - "Design is Dead" (ie: as we know it). And of course I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Penny Byrne's pieces in the flesh. She is probably one of my fav ceramic artists at the mo. http://www.eatfrenchbread.com/penny-byrne/ . Thanks Penny.
A week after I arrived back from my long residency in Scandinavia, I was rushed off to Sturt to conduct a five day 'Printing on Clay' workshop. It was a great way to get rid of jet lag!
We spent a couple of days exposing images to screens (using the Gocco and photo emulsion method). Followed by some fun days printing (and maybe one not so fun half day printing decals, foo foo smelly).
I sometimes feel we almost need 10 days to cover all the possibilities associated with printing on clay but we managed to pile in at least eight different techniques during the week. The techniques ranged from Intaglio printing, lino cut printing, monoprinting, to various silk screen printing techniques.
Malin, Brian, and I exhibited our work in the Apple tree Gallery in Guldagergaard. We added a bit of glamour to the event by dressing in our finest and serving chocolate dipped strawberries. Mmm Mmm.
This piece was donated to the ceramic collection at Guldagergaard. It is made up of readymades, fake snow, raw clay mountains, and a raku fired decal printed Moose.
Images for decals were collected from fairytale books, the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen, Krone Circus, and various street signs around Denmark.
Fused together with a few things from my own childhood, signifying the dawn of the computer game era.
Had a fabulous time at the International Ceramic Research Center, Denmark. Spent the month of June working with another ceramic friend of mine, Malin Jansson, www.malinjansson.com. We spent most of the weeks gathering images to make decals with, had a lot of fun in the process, as most of our research was conducted at the circus and the fair!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Ultra: Blamann, Porcelain and Mixed Media.
I am rushing off to indulge in some traveling before I start my residency at The International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark, so there's not much time for blogging but hopefully the pics will speak for themselves.
I presented my work on Friday 15th May in a small project space at KHIO. The exhibition was titled Ikke selg skinnet for bjornen er skutt, a norwegian proverb meaning Don't skin the bear before its hunted down. I wanted to use the context of Norwegain proverbs for my titles as they are also linked to folklore and legends, the basis of my project.
The Blue narrative titled Ultra: Blamann, was exhibited at The Norwegian Porcelain Biennale held in Porsgrunn on the 8th May. The exhibition finishes at the end of May, so I have decided to donate the work to The Oslo National Academy of Arts. So, for this exhibition I presented a large print out of the work with a 3D animation of snowflakes projected over it.