SALA– OH MY!

SALA Festival is traditionally a pretty hectic time of the year. Come the first of August (and sometimes before!) every gallery and its dog start pumping out the art shows. Last years SALA festival had something like 4132 artists displaying works in over 350 venues statewide, so as you can imagine it’s been pretty busy around here right now.

I’m very much looking forward to checking everything out, not only is the weather FINALLY warming up and becoming amazing for bike-riding, I have many many arty friends sharing their joy on the walls of Adelaide’s galleries, cafes, pubs, retail shops, hairdressers, Reading Rooms, and pretty much everywhere else they can find. The city will be alive with colour, emotion, and inspiration, its an exciting time.

Understandably, the week following SALA is quite similar to the first week post-Fringe= full of exhaustion and a dazed sense that time is never quite as rigid as we were taught in school after bending it to fit around so many events.

Even the lead-up to this period is pretty tiring! Not only are Fiona and I rehearsing MADLY for “Whats Your Crutch?”, with our first show in ONE AND A HALF WEEKS (not even freaking out. everything’s FINE! :P), but we’ve also set up an  online ticketing system, had a radio interview with Jennie Lenman from Arts Breakfast over at 101.5FM Radio Adelaide, met up with Esther Nimmo from The Adelaide Collective for a chat, AND  made it into Fringe Benefits Guide, but we may also be onstage in the Unley Coucil’s ‘SALA on Sale’ towards the end of the month!

MADNESS!

Here’s some progress shots to give you an idea of how we’re going with things…
IMG_8714    IMG_8742    IMG_8769    IMG_8794

For more images, check out my facebook album full of all the crazy things we get up to.
YES, MADNESS!

We’re pretty on track for the 5th though, am getting excited and nervous. Will be posting  more on the shows progress as it gets closer to the date.
Stay tuned, Amigos!
Xx

Ingrained

Last night was the opening of Espionage Gallery’s “Ingrained” show, a group show where all the artists painted on the lovely medium of wood.
177558_10150918961447097_1380459617_o

My piece was a last-minute addition to the show, being delivered just the day before to be hung. Originally started  somewhere back in 2008, it’s been a long time in the making while I acquired the forms and skills necessary to express my idea.

(Don’t let anyone fool you, good ideas stick around while you work towards them. Some pieces can be a flash-in-the-pan-one-hit-wonder combining learned inspiration with skills already gained to create something amazing in one hit. Some pieces are like pushing a stone up a hill, one step at a time, tedious and slow as you work and work at the skills and concepts needed to pull them off.But then when you get to the top of the hill all the dirt falls away and you realize that you’ve been rolling this huge nugget of gold or chocolate or insert-personal-most-valued-commodity-here and now you get to ride it all the way home. AWESOME.)

Eventually though, even after appearing at my grad show in 2010 in a half-formed state, the work was given the push needed to come through, and “High Up In The Clouds” finally sat happily and whole amongst some of Australia’s best.

highupinthecloudsdetail

If you’re around the city in the next few weeks head up the stairs in Lindes Lane off Rundle Mall, to the second level above the shoe store, wave to the amazing Josh Smith, and have a look-see! Its a cracker of an exhibition, well worth the climb! 🙂

Go on! Get your art on!
Xx

Introducing; “What’s Your Crutch?”!!

bannerderaft4
http://whatsyourcrutch.wordpress.com

For the South Australian Living Artists Festival this year I’m collaborating on a project with dancer Fiona Gardner.
I’m striking off in (another) different direction, still experimenting, still trying to find what fits within. We will be merging our art forms to create a moving installation exploring external manifestations of physiological dependency.

In four unique performances, body movement will combine with expressionistic painting skills creating a project that leads to an open awareness of the nature of dependency in self and others.

Each mental crutch has its own unique effect that plays an important part in our ability to deal with the world around us. These unknown refuges can be found in many aspects of people’s lives, both in a negative and positive manner. Examples of negative psychological crutches can include food addiction or denial, psychological reliance on drugs, alcohol and/or nicotine, self-harm, over-dependence on social norms and conformity, escapist or anti-social behaviour, fanaticism, workaholism, adverse promiscuity, gambling, compulsive shopping, technology or internet addiction.

These works are inspired by strangers; so if you have some time to spare, please contribute your stories!

Help inspire us so that in August, we can return the favour. 🙂
Xx