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one hundred percent

Apologies for the lateness of this post. Believe me, it’s not for lack of being ecstatic, just manic busy-ness and more recently mild sickness.

But I am most certainly overwhelmingly appreciative.

On Tuesday this week, I reached 100% of the goal of my project interior / exterior (in fact, 102%) and since then have exceeded that again!

The most recent contributors to my cause were two Divine Sisters, Michelle McRae and Sarah Mercer, and both Kyle Warren and Adam Meyer showed further support!

I am unbelievably thankful to everyone who has shown their support for my residency at Hospitalfield in Arbroath, Scotland, in April next year, and once the deadline has passed will be in contact with those who have shown their support to follow up about addresses and such for rewards where rel…

garden of earthly delights

Some of you might have heard I’ve been accepted to do a one month residency at Hospitalfield in Arbroath, Scotland, from mid-April 2011, to continue creating images for my interior / exterior series with a view to exhibiting this work later in the year, and putting together a self-published collection of the finished series.

I also intend to use the opportunity to be inspired by the history of the property, and Hospitalfield’s extensive library and art collection to find a new direction with my work.

And now I need your help!

Please take a look at my project interior / exterior and if you deem it worthy show your support.

I’m trying to get as much money together as I can for my overseas travels in the new year, and I’m looking for supporters to help me take up th…

simulacrum

I can’t believe how quickly a month has passed!

That’s how long it’s been since I’ve had a chance to update my blog, as my second solo show, simulacrum opened at Obscura Gallery in Melbourne on Sunday 13th June, so I was in Melbourne from the evening of the 11th until the afternoon of the 14th to hang the show, attend the opening, and catch up with friends and family.

I returned to Brisbane, and a mere five days later I was moving house into a lovely shared Queenslander with some wonderful folk, Nicole and Brady.

Despite how much I culled in the move from Melbourne to Brisbane, it still took my dad and I two weekends to move everything, though we did a sterling job of it, with some help from my mum, and it didn’t involve removalists at all, thankfully.

And a…

interference

I know what you’re thinking: “Why does that slip, and those stumpy legs, look familiar…?”

Because they’re mine!

And you can see them in Nick Kind’s exhibition, Interference, which opens at Brunswick Street Gallery this Friday 4th June from 6pm, running until June 17.

Go see it! I will when I get down there.

exhibitionism

For those in Melbourne, here’s all the details you need about my next exhibition, a selection of my self-portraiture from the past four years.

I will be in Melbourne for the opening, so please drop in and say hi, and no doubt there will be many drinks to be had afterward.

long way home

I can now announce my next exhibition will be at Obscura Gallery in East St Kilda, opening Sunday 13 June 2010 from 4-6pm, and running for four weeks.

The final selection of images is still to be made, but I expect at least a few of my interior / exterior images will be included.

I hope those of you in Melbourne will be able to come along!

in the cemetery

I’m finally getting a chance to go through my photos from my road trip. I’m starting with my self-portraits for a couple of reasons that will be explained sometime soon.

This is one from a shoot I did at the Walhalla Public Cemetery. One of my favourite cemeteries, in the small town of Walhalla, in Victoria.

I visited there for the first time in 2005 after seeing a piece about the town on The Age website. I didn’t know they had a cemetery, let alone one set atop a hillside as you enter the town from the south. I gasped aloud when I saw it.

For those new to my photography, that may not be aware, I have something of an obsession with graveyards and cemeteries and photograph them at every opportunity. I am currently behind on editing photos taken at a number of cemeteries…

off with her head!

Just dropping in to let you know the Flower Power exhibition is still on at the Artworkers Alliance gallery at the old Paddington Substation in Brisbane until 24th April, and they have an open day from 10am-12pm on the 24th, which I’m planning to attend. They actually changed the opening and closing dates back a week from my original post about it, but as I was on my road trip when they did it, I wasn’t able to update the info. So you have one more week (or most thereof) to see my three prints and lots of other floral beauty.

I’m also letting you know I’ve entered an image into the latest round of the Saatchi Showdown Feel free to vote.

I have two images in the latest issue of F-Stop Magazine

And, excitingly, I’m included in the latest issue of the Austral

flower power

Now here’s a slightly different opening paragraph for me:

If you’re in Brisbane you should check out the first Artworkers Alliance members’ exhibition, Flower Power, taking place at their new gallery in the old Paddington Substation opening on March 26 and running until 17 April.

I have the above image taken on Lamma Island, i never promised you a rose garden and untitled #6261 included in the show, and it will be the first showing of my work in Brisbane!

Unfortunately I won’t be able to go to the opening, as I’ll be on a road trip driving from Melbourne back to Brisbane at the time, but can’t wait to see the show when I get back.

The address for the Paddington Substation is 150 Enoggera Tce, Paddington.

On a more familiar sounding note, if you’r…

velvet winter

It seems almost every time I post here I’m in a hurry these days. Although this weekend less so. I’m concentrating on my photography all this weekend, most evenings this week, and next Saturday.

I’ve been itching to create new work, get back to editing my backlog, and try to get some of the ideas that have been whirling around my head out of there and onto my camera’s memory card. So far so good this weekend, with my first self-portrait shoot completed by 10am :D

However, I’m not making things easy for myself: I bit the bullet and joined a gym last week, including a “starter pack” of three 45 minute sessions with a personal trainer to kickstart my regime. But I am seriously unfit and was a bit too ambitious with my second workout, which meant…

away from here

I received a pleasant surprise last night: I’ve been selected as a finalist in the Williamstown Festival Contemporary Art Prize 2010 in Melbourne :D

However, due to some email trickery, I found out about a week after the announcement was made, when I went to the site to see where things were at.

So now I have to rush to print, frame & ship charlotte sometimes Argh!

In other news, I also have an image in issue #40 of F-Stop Magazine: Away From Here Go look!

my bag is always packed

Thank you to everyone who voted for my portfolio in the Power of Self competition. After multiple extensions the People’s Choice voting is now closed and judging on the major prize will commence next week.

Just before the final deadline I got an email about the extension saying that if you hadn’t received a confirmation email, to let them know. I hadn’t gotten a confirmation email, but had my PayPal receipt for my entry fee and could see my entry and had people voting on it, so thought everything was fine.

So I had a momentary panic that despite all that, by not getting the confirmation, maybe my entry wouldn’t be considered valid, so I replied to let them know.

I got an email back this morning that said “You are all set, and your work looks beautiful!̶…

summer's lost heart

I’m much more interested in the main, non-people’s-vote prize of this competition, which, if I were somehow to win, would allow me to travel to New York this year after all, and stay for longer than I’d hoped, but if you feel the urge, it would be lovely if you’d do the clicky-thing and give me as many stars as you feel I deserve for my submission to the Power of Self competition currently being run by Artists Wanted. You can vote once every 24 hours if it takes your fancy. You’ll have my thanks for 1 click or 100.

I highly doubt the likelihood I’ll win this as there are some absolutely brilliant entries to the competition… and that’s just the artists I know…

Meanwhile, the good news is that my credit card is paid up but for money tha…

trailer park blues

When I was a teenager, and really, even earlier than that, I had a romantic notion about caravans, or trailers as they may be known elsewhere.

Maybe it was from growing up one of three children, though I was always lucky enough to have my own room. Maybe it was because we rented one for a family holiday one year when I was quite young. Maybe it was the romantic notion of nomadic life or transience which alternately lures and repels me to this day. I don’t really know.

But from a fairly young age I used to attempt to convince my parents to buy a caravan for me to live in. I wasn’t asking to move out, per se. I didn’t have a license as I was too young; now I don’t have a license and it has nothing to do with age. So it wasn’t about trying to get far away f…