I am exhibiting in Dead Scary, a group exhibition opening October 4th at Lust for Life Gallery in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane.
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This is going to be a great show. Time for some spookiness to disturb the peace and comfort. I need something with a bit of guts (so to speak) and less decor-yawn…..
What is this self inside us, the silent observer.
Severe and speechless critic, who can terrorize us and urge us on to futile activity
And in the end, judge us still more severely
For the errors into which his own reproaches drove us?
- T.S Elliot, The Elder Statesman
Upon reading this early this morn, I smiled knowingly. The past few days I have been working on several ideas for submitting to this upcoming exhibition. I very nearly chucked in the proverbial towel. I haven’t got the funds to spend on new printing or framing. Some artists out there would scoff at this I’m sure. Well you can stick your scoff , I have no urge to be a martyr. Besides, necessity can be the Mother of Invention. I pushed each idea, a few times I thought I had it right, yet I felt no shine or depth. Pffft! I thought. But late last night before I reclined to watch my nightly dose of Breaking Bad (yes finally!) I was packing up my work and then the formula worked, out of the darkness….the complete picture fell into place. I was aiming for a mixed media construct but instead I’m upcycling a small oval picture frame and using a print of a kooky previously unexhibited piece. The exercise has at least brought other untapped thoughts and concepts to the fore. Why some ideas take such a winding road before revealing themselves?? I don’t really know. Perhaps it’s just as this T.S Eliot quote states, that my inner critic judges so harshly that my first intentions cringe in fear of persecution. It very nearly was a futile activity. I had actually spoken the words out loud “It’s not happening, I wont do it” and for a minute I believed the bullshit!! Today I am up early painting the frame for this piece before I trundle off to work. I have 2 days to write my submission. After that it is in the hands of the judges. Bony fingers crossed that I pass the next test.
Time zone readjusted. Heat turned up. Air is dry. Heart aches. Head is heavy, in a daze. Happy/Sadness juxtaposition. In the familiar space songs burst from my lungs. It does feel good to be home.
At the end of each day since I’ve been home, tiredness has consumed me, almost to the point of hallucination. I had a beautiful time with my daughter. Leaving will never be easy. Looking forward to the next time. She is so beautiful. I am forever grateful for my family.
Peace I find in activity. Reading new philosophy. Increasing my input helps enrich output. Intelligence, creativity, honesty. Keep me sane.
New submission looming in a week. Thinking…thinking and then Bing! There it is. Tomorrow I can work on final piece for print. “Halloween” theme. So what scares me the most? Human emotion….
A successful opening night of Viva La Femme @ Lust for Life
Before the show I sat in a bar alone and drank two gin and tonics while listening to loud rockabilly. I needed time to reflect and relax before mixing with so many people. It did the trick. I enjoyed my time wandering through China Town, under the neon lights, statues, the smells and hubbub of restaurants. I wasn’t hungry, just a bit warm and fuzzy after two gins. The gallery filled up and the event kicked off. For two hours it was a busy, buzzing happening. My work sold as did many others. I got to meet lots of artists and discovered that I could sell my piece another 20 times. (might make some prints..) I got a lot of positive feedback. Woohoo! Some of my dearest friends were there who I rarely get to see, one I hadn’t seen for twenty years! I felt so blessed. We wrapped up the night at the piano bar next door with Long Island Iced Tea and sweet potato fries… mmmmmm.
I stayed in and around the city for a few days, got paperwork signed, sealed and delivered, visited galleries, markets, studios and workshops. Caught up with visiting friends on an impromptu trip and spent some quality time reconnecting. Perfect in so many ways. I survived and am revived. Catharsis ended. A complete success.
So my submission was accepted for the Lust for Life “Viva La Femme” exhibition. Excited much?! I haven’t had anything in a Brisbane show since my solo exhibition, Boom Tiki Boom in November 2007 at the Alibi Room. Brisbane is one of my home towns (even though I’m more of a tourist there these days) so it does feel a bit awesome being back in there. I’m stoked to be participating in something that has a pulse.
Viva la Femme opens on Thursday 3rd of May, 7pm.
176 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
see here > Lust for Life Tattoo