My latest project has been a work project. Today was I <3 Yarn day, so to celebrate we decided to spend the whole day knitting and yarn bomb one of the trees outside the gallery where I work! It looks amazing, but there is still some more work to do. I think that we may have to organise a follow up yarn day so that we can cover the whole tree.
Thanks to Helen for helping me come up with the idea, and thanks to everyone who made it happen!
I have some very exciting news from Taree – Skin Cosy has won one the 3D prize in the “Naked & Nude” Manning Art Prize 2013! The Friends of the Gallery, who run the art prize, have put together an online catalogue which is particularly wonderful if you’re like me and you can’t make it to see the show in person!
List of prize winners and finalists here…
Online catalogue here…
My exciting news for September is that the Skin Cosy from my 2012 exhibition in Bristol will be making another appearance?. This time it will be in Taree, as pert of the “Naked & Nude” Manning Art Prize. A full list of finalists can be found on the Manning Regional Art Gallery website.
After multiple false starts I have finally finished my entry for the 9 by 5 auction for ECU. The Edith Cowen University are asking for artworks with 9″ by 5″ dimensions to auction off in order to raise money for their end of year catalogue.
Women are not fruit, women are humans. When our bodies are split open they do not spill forth glistening red ovaries laden with seeds. Surely by now we know this much. Yet how many women still twist and contort their bodies to fit in a plastic mould, resulting in what I see as ugliness? when these plastic bodies are split open, all that shines are acrylic rhinestones in a cracked, plastic shell.
Just a quick pic of something I’m working on at the moment. There is still some work to be done on the mouth so I’ll put up a better photo when it is finished. I have so many projects on the go right now that my unit looks as if it has been hit by an art bomb… Look out! Art explosion!
A few months ago I met Mel. Mel was on the last leg of her Australian trip after completing a university exchange at ANU and was getting ready to return home to Germany. She studies astronomy, her Australian research focusing on a rare type of variable star called R Coronae Borealis (RCB) stars. The more she spoke about these stars, the more intrigued I became, for RCB stars behave in quite a peculiar way. Every now and then the star ejects a large dust cloud which obscures it from view from earth, making it appear to grow dimmer and then brighter again when the dust has dispersed.
Given my ongoing interest in all things star dust, I had to explore it further.
Now, I will be honest with you, I am not an astronomer. Despite Mel’s excellent explanation attempts, it is highly probable that I will never fully grasp or understand this phenomenon – but for me, this is part of what attracts me to is as a subject. The coming together of scientific data, evidence, numbers and graphs with the sense of mystery and incomprehension of an event so far beyond the realm of the everyday is, in essence, what intrigues me about the experience of the sublime.
Since that first conversation with Mel, I have been working on a soft sculpture space cloud. Progress is slow with a great deal of fine knitting and stitching required. My aim is to incorporate RCB data collected and analysed by astronomers, and use it to create an object that explores the interplay between science and wonder. It’s going to be large, and it’s going to be shiny.