Time passing in the phases of the moon

Already there is less than a fortnight before most of the prints in Moon Phase: Chasing Transcendence are consigned to a drawer in my already art-cluttered house. It closes on the 23rd May. If you haven’t yet been, I hope you can make it in to Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts to have a look.

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Poetry & Print

Over a three month period this year, I wrote over thirty poems as an adjunct to my print exhibition, Moon Phase: Chasing Transcendence. I’ve inserted one page I designed with both the image and the accompanying poem. When writing I tend to use a phrase or line or even just a word and run with it to see where it takes me.

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Caught having a cuddle

After having been photographed numerous times at the opening of Moon Phase: Chasing Transcendence, I thought I could sneak a quiet cuddle in with my very supportive partner and fellow artist, Graeme Buckley! I was wrong. This is one of the many photos of the pair of us once our friends spotted us. This photo was taken by Rhonda Stevens, a wonderful artist who has as acted as an unofficial mentor to me since I joined Umbrella’s Makerspace Access Group.

Forty years together and we still enjoy a cuddle.

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Moon Phase: Chasing Transcendence

My exhibition, Moon Phase: Chasing Transcendence, is now on show. It is strange to revisit the work of a couple of years ago. Though a difficult hang, the wonderful staff at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts managed it with aplomb and a lot of patience for which I thank them heartily. My photo doesn’t do it justice. At the opening of the show, I received lots of positive comment on the unusual hang. There are 87 unique state prints, all of which were created in Umbrella Studio Access Space (now known as Umbrella Studio Makers Space).

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Coming soon!

The culmination of two years’ work, my Moon Phase series, created from Dec 2017 to 2019 is rushing up fast. My exhibition, Moon Phase: Chasing Transcendence, is due to open at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts at 6pm on April 16th.

The works were created in Umbrella’s downstairs studio. I am a member of the previously named Umbrella Studio Access Group, but which is now called the Umbrella Makerspace Access Group

There’s over sixty prints from which to choose, so I don’t envy the gallery director, Kate O’hara and gallery manager, Daniel Qualischefski, the task of selecting which ones to hang. Obviously some will be quite easy to dismiss but I like to think there will still be enough good ones to make the choice difficult!

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Whale Watching on the Sealink Ferry today

On a glorious day with a calm sea, we went on the inaugural SeaLink ferry whale watching trip. Our time out with the whales seemed all too short but it was wonderful to be there.

A whale tail hitting the water.

Watching the whales!

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Please Take a Seat

image of the text on the wall in the vault

Please Take a Seat text on the first and second wall, reading from left to right.

I recently had an installation in the Vault Space at Umbrella Studio. It consisted of four verses of prose about chronic pain. The responses I got for ‘just words’ were fascinating. One person told me it made them cry. Others said they didn’t like it, the piece was too negative. Others loved it. The Vault Space is an actual safe that is no longer in use.  My audience were in the vault – with the door open – when they read these words:

Imagine you are in a vault
You can’t get out
No-one will find you
And there is not enough air
That vault is your mind

You are in pain
That pain has locked
You in your body
You cannot free yourself
You are locked
In with your pain

Imagine you are in a vault
Your mind is locked
In with your pain
There is no air
Only pain

Now walk outside
Look up at the sky
and breathe.

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Install Day, Gallery 48

 

 

 

 

Jill and Margaret, busy on the install for Furred, Scaled & Feathered. Opening Sunday 29th Oct, 2 – 5pm, Gallery 48, 2/48 The Strand, Townsville

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Frog Buddies

These ‘guys’ come for a bath every night. I have a round shallow dish on a shelf in the loo. Just on dusk they come for a soak for a bit, and then they go out for the evening. Around 2 am they return and have another dip before going to bed.frog-buddies-web

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Big Fella Croc

I photographed this big fella at Billabong Sanctuary. In his glory days he sailed the seas. This print is a drypoint intaglio on plastic plate. Among others, it will be on display at in the Furred Feathered Scaled Exhibition at Gallery 48, The Strand, from the 25th of October 2017.Big-Fella-Croc-web

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