Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ron Mueck exhibition

Yesterday, I saw the Ron Mueck exhibition at GOMA, Brisbane. I'm not a fan of super realism in any genre, but nevertheless this was an incredible exhibition.
Apart from the mammoth technical effort of casting these incredible human forms, I was entranced with the body language and facial expressions on his subjects. 
'Wild Man'
I felt compelled to engage with the sculptures, to wonder at the circumstances, the conversations, the reasons for being.
 'Woman with Sticks'
It was very interesting that communication was happening between strangers in the gallery - wonder, laughter, revulsion, incredulousness - quite unusual in a gallery like this.
'Woman in Bed'
 [3] 'Old Women Gossiping'
'Old Woman Sleeping'
'Man in Boat'
This one conveyed the biggest mystery - why was a vulnerably naked man sitting alone in a boat in the middle of the ocean looking suspiciously at something?
'Dead Dad'
'Dead Chicken'

Sunday, May 23, 2010

12th International Collage Exchange

I received my swapped collages in the mail a few days ago. See Dale Copeland's site for details. So exciting to be part of this exhibition and exchange, and to receive collages from all over the world.
Here are just a few of the ones I received. Thanks to all these artists - I love your work!!
Susan Mabray Gnaedinger, USA
Susan Hurrell Fields, NZ

Saturday, May 15, 2010


Yes, it was my birthday last week and I was spoilt rotton by friends and family- dinners, lunches, pressies, chocolate to die for and far too much champagne!!
 ...dinner at Fiona and Barry's house,
 ...champagne with my sister Glenys,
 ...best Laksa ever made by my daughter Eliza,
...and a chance to dress up in my favourite Japanese fabrics!!! 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Lucas Parklands Exhibition

A group of locals is involved in a sculptural exhibition at the Lucas Parklands Open Garden on Queen's birthday weekend in Montville [4 weeks away].I have decided to go 'ephemeral installationish' so that I can use lengths of fabric floating in the breeze and contrasting with the rain forest.
First step - to paint some old cotton sheeting fabric with a big brush. I wanted the leaves to satin the fabric so I left it outside in the weather for several weeks. I will cut strips of the stained cotton and sew it to strips of new cotton sheeting, hopefully using hand stitching and heavy thread. I want it to have the raw and earthy feeling of 'bush' sewing.
Second step - to buy $100 worth of stretchy jersey fabric in white, cream, lime green, red and grey.
Third step - to make some triamgular 'sails' and do a trial run in situ with the help of my good friend Ken.
 Fourth step - to play with some photoshop ideas for other fabric installion pieces.
Fifth step - making a 4 - 5 metre long 'gum leaf garland' to drape over a tree echoing a lovely long piece of bark.
I have a few other ideas as well - see how I go for time and energy!!