Paper Mountains and knitted mountains


Thank you to everyone who came along to the opening of The Sky and the Earth at Paper Mountain gallery! The feedback that I have received from the show has been truly uplifting. Paper Mountain also had their artists’ studios open on the night so I was was able to meet a whole lot of new creative people and talk with them about their exciting projects!

I’ll be taking the exhibition down at the end of the day next Sunday, so if you are in Perth before then and you feel like escaping the summer heat, step inside and you will find your self in a world of ice crystals and snow! Photos of the artworks are now on my portfolio:

Photos of the opening night by Darren Tynan

Extra thank yous go out to all the lovely people at Paper Mountain, especially to Ashleigh for coordinating the show, Caitlin for designing a beautiful catalogue and Shaye for writing the most amazing catalogue essay! Thanks to Helen for opening the exhibition and to Linden for helping me install it!

Remembering Iceland

So Soft - Alexandra Häberli

So Soft, Alexandra Häberli, mixed media, 2012

Alexandra Häberli was one of the amazing artists who I was lucky enough to meet during my time with the Nes artist residency in Iceland. Alexandra is from Switzerland, and she produces these beautiful collages using paint, crayons and photographic cutouts, often working directly onto the surface of the wall. For my birthday she gave me a lovely little art work which I am still carrying around in my back pack with me. She recently put this picture up on facebook and tagged me in it, and it took me a little while to work out why… until I looked closely.

So Soft - Alexandra Häberli (detail)

So Soft (detail), Alexandra Häberli

Are those snow clouds on the horizon?

During my time here at the Nes residency, I have been working on a series of paintings, drawings and installation works, exploring the ideas of a living landscape and the substance of light.

As the end of March looms nearer, I must start to finish my projects, document them, and give the oil paints time to dry before packaging it all up and posting it home to Australia. I will post the photographs of my work on the blog soon, but in the mean time, here are a few of the small painting experiments I have been working on, looking at the relationship between the earth, the sky and snow clouds.

The constellations under my skin

Constellations under my skin (detail)

In exchange for running the workshop at Sauðárkrókur, I received two beautiful Icelandic sheep’s skins from the Sauðárkrókur tannery. Since then, I have been creating more triangle drawings working directly onto the sheep’s skins with pen. These triangles are based on sky maps of the stars above Skagaströnd. The first drawing (pictured) is based on the star map for my birth date, and the second, which I am yet to begin, will use a star map for September, around the time in Iceland when the sheep are rounded up  so that the lambs can be slaughtered for meat and skins. Part of my explorations here is to do with the experience of the sublime, and in these drawings I hope to explore connections between individuals, place and the unknown. Until fairly recently in Iceland, sheep’s intestines were used to predict weather patterns for the coming year. I find this connection between the physicality of a body and more abstract concepts such as the nature of the universe very intriguing. A connection drawn between the small, and the unimaginably large.

Constellations under my skin

Art workshop at Sauðárkrókur

This week I was lucky enough to spend a day at the college/high school in Sauðárkrókur, running an art workshop for a group of students. During this whole week the student representative council is organising all sorts of activities that the students are not usually able to do at the school such as art classes, sea swimming (they must be crazy!), excursions to the shooting range and many more activities. For my workshop I decided that it would be nice to set up a bit of a cultural exchange between the Iceland and my home country, Australia. We worked with the themes of place and story-telling, first looking at how these operate in Indigenous Australian art, and then applying them to the landscape of Iceland and the personal, cultural and historical stories of the students. We made paintings, did some basket weaving, and to finish up the day we made some Icelandic sheep skin sculptures with the surprise sheep skins that arrived with our materials. I would like to thank the school once again for the opportunity to work with such a great group of creative people!