Fish out of Water – Murray Cod, the story so far…

Fish out of Water – Murray Cod is a work that documents a physical, cultural and spiritual journey along the length of the Murray River from Corryong through to Goolwa. The journey begins with petrified red gum sourced from the river, which is between 5-900 years old, and has been worked into pebble forms on which I have painted Murray Cod. I have photographed the painted pebble forms at nine locations on the Murray River which refers to an earlier work Fish out of Water – Sabbats . This curent work comments on our sense of place and belonging, the cultural histories the river has supported, and the changing environments from source to Murray Mouth.

The idea for this project developed from Fish out of Water - Sabbats which was an intervention project that I have been working on since Summer Solstice, 2013 and continued through until Summer Solstice 2014. For this piece I painted sardines on river pebbles and released one on each solstice, equinox and cross quarter. These pebbles rest on the petrified.

The idea for this project developed from Fish out of Water – Sabbats which was an intervention project that I have been working on since Summer Solstice, 2013 and continued through until Summer Solstice 2014. For this piece I painted sardines on river pebbles and released one on each solstice, equinox and cross quarter. These pebbles rest on the petrified red gum.

 

The nitty gritty of working the pebble forms out of the petrified redgum. Lots of hours of grinding, sanding, blood, sweat and fortunately no tears!! Instead these are the beautiful raw objects before the finish was applied and the painting of the Murray Cod.

The nitty gritty of working the pebble forms out of the petrified redgum. Lots of hours of grinding, sanding, blood, sweat and fortunately no tears!! These are the beautiful raw objects before the finish was applied and the painting of the Murray Cod.

A very nervous time in the studio trying to work out how to paint the Murray Cod onto the pebble form. This is the first fish that I painted and the first moment that I realized that this project could work.

A very nervous time in the studio trying to work out how to paint the Murray Cod onto the pebble form. This is the first fish that I painted and the first moment that I realized that this project could work.

 

The project has two outcomes. The first is a series of sculptural works and the second is a series of photographs documenting the fish at nine different locations along the length of the Murray River. There was much planning and consulting of maps to work out the nine locations. The number 9 relates to Fish out of Water – Sabbats and represents the year long cycle involved in that work – acknowledging the seasons, the changes of light and the journey that we travel each year.

The project has two outcomes. The first is a series of nine sculptural works and the second is a series of photographs documenting the fish at nine different locations along the length of the Murray River. There was much planning and consulting of maps to work out the nine locations. The number 9 relates to Fish out of Water – Sabbats and represents the year long cycle involved in that work – acknowledging the seasons, the changes of light and the journey that we travel each year.

 

A glimpse at one of the photographs from this series of work. Fish out of Water – Murray Cod, Lyrup Flats, South Australia, 2015.

A glimpse at one of the photographs from this series of work. Fish out of Water – Murray Cod, Lyrup Flats, South Australia, 2015.

 

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Hutchins Art Prize – Works on Paper

Really pleased to be part of this year’s Hutchins Art Prize in Hobart with this work Mother Tongue – Romulus and Remus. The exhibition will open on Tuesday 8 September and is current until Sunday 20 September, 2015 at the Long Gallery, Salamanca Place, Hobart. This is always a great exhibition of contemporary work on paper.

Mother Tongue - Romulus and Remus, pastel on paper, 80h x 120w cm, 2014

Mother Tongue – Romulus and Remus, pastel on paper, 80h x 120w cm, 2014

 

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Call to Arms, Catalogue Essay by Caroline Phillips for my exhibition Reclaiming Isis – Auset.

Microsoft Word - Reclaiming Isis - Caroline Phillips.docx

 

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Reclaiming Isis – Auset, Exhibition Opening

Reclaiming Isis – Auset will be exhibited at Phyllis Palmer Gallery, La Trobe University, Bendigo from Monday 11 May, 2015 for three weeks. Opening event, Monday 18 May at 5pm. All welcome.

Reclaiming Isis - Filomena, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

Reclaiming Isis – Filomena, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

Reclaiming Isis – Auset is a work that has been evolving for some time. Initially it was a growing despair which began in my cultural upbringing that women should be married, and only when married do they have currency and an attributed value in the community. Unmarried women are perceived as other or remain the responsibility of the father. The value of women as individuals, the equality of women and the acknowledgement of the power of the feminine is the driving force in this work. Currently this is even more relevant with the attacks, deaths, domestic violence and disempowerment of women. Even when women are the victims of violent acts, one of the first responses is to tell the community of women (50% of the population) that parks are not safe for women, why was she out so late, why didn’t she catch a cab. Why is the first response not to ask how can we make our parks, streets and community safe for all women, men and children. Reclaiming Isis – Auset, draws on the Egyptian goddess and her feminine, maternal, and nurturing qualities and acknowledges that these are powerful strengths. What differentiates women is what empowers them. The mysteries of creation – life, birth and death are held within her body. Women’s bodies cycle with the moon and her name is given to mother earth. This exhibition represents a selection of photographs that honours women, their choices, their feminine strength and their power as unique individuals in this diverse society.

Reclaiming Isis - Elif, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

Reclaiming Isis – Elif, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

 

Reclaiming Isis - Alice and Theodore, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

Reclaiming Isis – Alice and Theodore, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

 

Reclaiming Isis - Cecilia, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

Reclaiming Isis – Cecilia, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

 

Reclaiming Isis - Corinna, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

Reclaiming Isis – Corinna, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

 

Reclaiming Isis - Water, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

Reclaiming Isis – Water, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

 

Reclaiming Isis - Air, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

Reclaiming Isis – Air, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

 

Reclaiming Isis - River, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

Reclaiming Isis – River, colour photograph, 60 x 60cm, 2015

 

Reclaiming Isis - Pellegrina, colour photograph, 60 x 75cm, 2015

Reclaiming Isis – Pellegrina, colour photograph, 60 x 75cm, 2015

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International Womens Day 2015

To celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, I have selected a few of my favourite artists to share with you. Once I started thinking about it there were so many more that have been an important part of my journey as an artist. And there are those that honour woman by recognizing the importance of art as a vehicle for sharing a message – in this I am thinking about Kate Just’s Furies which is opening today at St Kilda Town Hall, Caroline Phillips and her extraordinary F-Word exhibitions, and Elvis Richardson’s COUNTess project.

Performance artist Jill Orr, Southern Cross - To Bear and Behold, 2009.  Image taken from http://jillorr.com.au

Performance artist Jill Orr, Southern Cross – To Bear and Behold, 2009. Image taken from http://jillorr.com.au

 

Susan Dimasi, Creative Director and Designer, MaterialByProduct.  Image is taken from an internet article by ZDnet http://www.zdnet.com/article/a-melbourne-fashion-house-redefines-luxury/

Susan Dimasi, Creative Director and Designer, MaterialByProduct.
Image is taken from an internet article by ZDnet http://www.zdnet.com/article/a-melbourne-fashion-house-redefines-luxury/

 

Louise Heaman, Portraits of Bill Henson which won the Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Image from http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts/paintings-of-bill-henson-wins-150000-doug-moran-portrait-prize/story-fni0fcgk-1227105829260.

Louise Heaman, Portraits of Bill Henson which won the Doug Moran Portrait Prize. Image from http://www.heraldsun.com.au/entertainment/arts/paintings-of-bill-henson-wins-150000-doug-moran-portrait-prize/story-fni0fcgk-1227105829260.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patricia Puccinni speaking about her work The Carrier, 2012 at Melbourne Now, 2014

Patricia Puccinni speaking about her work The Carrier, 2012 at Melbourne Now, 2014

Fiona Hall representing Australia in the 2015 Venice Biennale. Image taken from http://w3.unisa.edu.au/unisanews/2005/August/main2.asp

Fiona Hall representing Australia in the 2015 Venice Biennale. Image taken from http://w3.unisa.edu.au/unisanews/2005/August/main2.asp

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rosslynd Piggot, La Somnambule also known as The sleepwalker, 1996-1997 Mixed media, silk, hooks, coat hangers, Perspex, stainless steel. Dimensions variable. Not signed. Not dated.Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2003 From the website of AGNSW.

Rosslynd Piggot, La Somnambule also known as The sleepwalker, 1996-1997
Mixed media, silk, hooks, coat hangers, Perspex, stainless steel. Dimensions variable.
Not signed. Not dated.Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2003 From the website of AGNSW.

 

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2015 Piers Festival and Mother Tongue

On Sunday 25 January, Multicultural Arts Victoria’s 2015 Piers Festival was celebrated at Princes Pier, Port Melbourne. This is the place where my parents and thousands of other immigrants arrived in Victoria to begin a new chapter in their lives. It was a wonderful day of poetry, immigration stories, art, music and food!! The video for Mother Tongue was included in the exhibition component of the Festival. It was showing in the Gate House on the first floor with a spectacular view of the pylons from Princes Pier. A wonderful celebration of the first generation of immigrants who made Mildura in Regional Victoria their home.

The pylons of Princes Pier, Port Melbourne

The pylons of Princes Pier, Port Melbourne

 

The Mother Tongue video showing in the Gate House. First generation immigrants from Regional Victoria sharing their stories of leaving Italy, the journey and their arrival. The view out the window is of the Princes Pier pylons.

The Mother Tongue video showing in the Gate House. First generation immigrants from Regional Victoria sharing their stories of leaving Italy, the journey and their arrival. The view out the window is of the Princes Pier pylons.

 

Great music, Tania Bosak and the Barefoot Orchestra

Great music, Tania Bosak and the Barefoot Orchestra

 

Beautiful plates and tiles from Turkey.

Beautiful plates and tiles from Turkey

And shoes from Peru.

And shoes from Peru.

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Fish out of Water – Sabbat Releases 2013 – 14

Fish out of Water – Sabbat Releases 2013 – 14, this year long project has come to completion. I have been releasing a sardine painted pebble at each of the eight sabbats. These represent the earth changes of the summer and winter solstices, the equinoxes and the four cross quarters. Often associated with pagan festivals, I acknowledge this history as well as connecting with the moments of change within the earth cycle. This project connects with the earth changes through out the year; the seasons, light and my own connection to Melbourne. It has also encouraged me to work outside of the studio as I have walked with each release – connecting the fish to the place, my body to the environment and also to my home city of Melbourne.

1. Summer Solstice, Elwood Beach, 21 December 2013

1. Summer Solstice, Elwood Beach, 21 December 2013 

2. Lammas, Old Exhibition Buildings, 4 February 2014

2. Lammas, Old Exhibition Buildings, 4 February 2014

 

3. Autumn Equinox, Elwood Canals, 2 March 2014

3. Autumn Equinox, Elwood Canals, 2 March 2014

 

4. Samhain, Maribrynong River, 30 April 2014

4. Samhain, Maribrynong River, 30 April 2014 

5. Winter Solstice, Botanic Gardens, 21 June 2014

5. Winter Solstice, Botanic Gardens, 21 June 2014

 

6. Imbloc, Station Pier, 2 August 2014

6. Imbloc, Station Pier, 2 August 2014

 

7. Spring Equinox, Williamstown Beach, 20 September 2014

7. Spring Equinox, Williamstown Beach, 20 September 2014

 

8. Beltane, Monsalvat, 31 October 2014

8. Beltane, Monsalvat, 31 October 201 

 

9. Summer Solstice, Elwood Beach, 21 December 2014

9. Summer Solstice, Elwood Beach, 21 December 2014

 

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Fish out of Water – Interventions

Another development from the Fish out of Water project occurred when Aaron Fell-Fracasso from The Egg and Dart, in Thirroul asked me to participate in their Christmas exhibition. This work will be available for sale, please contact Aaron on 02 4268 4885, or by email info@egganddart.com.au or drop into their shop at Shop 2/1-3 Raymond Rd, Thirroul NSW 2515.

This exhibition gave me a chance to explore an idea I have had for a long time – which was to paint on leaves. I have been collecting leaves and pressing them for quite some time. These leaves are from a Murray River Red Gum on the banks of the Murray River in Mildura, Blue Gum Leave from the side of the Calder Highway near Charlton and small gum leaves from a friends native garden in Mildura. I have painted the Fish out of Water Sardine on these leaves and used pages from the first edition “The Reader’s Digest Complete Atlas of Australia” which was copyrighted in 1968 – the year of my birth. The works are all gouache, gum leaves and original pages from “The Reader’s Digest Complete Atlas of Australia”, 12 x 12cm, 2014

Fish out of Water - A Visitor, 12 x 12cm, 2014

Fish out of Water – A Visitor, 12 x 12cm, 2014

 

Fish out of Water - Eucalypt, 12 x 12cm, 2014

Fish out of Water – Eucalypt, 12 x 12cm, 2014

 

Fish out of Water - Fishing, 12 x 12cm, 2014

Fish out of Water – Fishing, 12 x 12cm, 2014

 

Fish out of Water - Old World Cultures, 12 x 12cm, 2014

Fish out of Water – Old World Cultures, 12 x 12cm, 2014

 

Fish out of Water - Old World Cultures, 12 x 12cm, 2014

Fish out of Water – Old World Cultures, 12 x 12cm, 2014

 

Fish out of Water - Murray Cod, 12 x 12cm, 2014

Fish out of Water – Murray Cod, 12 x 12cm, 2014

 

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Alpha Sound Waves

I have just completed the second part of Alpha Sound, after making my alphabet I have made twenty six sound waves which will each sit opposite their respective letter. I recorded myself speaking the alphabet and then through Final Cut Pro I was able to see the sound waves and turn these into drawings. I decided to draw the sound waves to resemble blue fur. I wanted the blue to refer to blue ink, writing and language. The pulses of each sound wave will connect with the first part of this piece – Chasing the Disappeared, whilst the sound component of Alpha Sound will refer back to Mother Tongue. Alpha Sound is the final work in this trilogy.

The sketches for Alpha Sound. Working from the images of my sound waves on Final Cut Pro, I sketched up each letter to see how it would feel in its entirety.

The sketches for Alpha Sound. Working from the images of my sound waves on Final Cut Pro, I sketched up each letter to see how it would feel in its entirety.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A full studio whilst working on Alpha Sound.

A full studio whilst working on Alpha Sound.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The sound wave for the letter 'd', one of 21 blue letters. The 'j,k,w,x and y' shift from blue to red.

The sound wave for the letter ‘d’, one of 21 blue letters. The ‘j,k,w,x and y’ shift from blue to red.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the letter 'w', moving from blue to red. The letters j,k,w,x and y' are not in the Italian alphabet.

This is the letter ‘w’, moving from blue to red. The letters j,k,w,x and y’ are not in the Italian alphabet.

 

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the f word, Contemporary Feminist Art in Australia – Gippsland Regional Gallery

The invitation to the Sale Exhibition of the f word – Contemporary Feminist Art in Australia curated by Caroline Phillips. Exhibiting Artists: Catherine Bell, Penny Byrne, Filomena Coppola, Kate Just, Jill Orr, Clare Rae and Elvis Richardson.

The exhibition opened on Friday 18 July, 2014 and continues through 7 September, 2014.

the f word - Contemporary Feminist Art is Australia exhibition invitation to the Sale exhibition at Gippsland Art Gallery.

the f word – Contemporary Feminist Art is Australia exhibition invitation to the Sale exhibition at Gippsland Art Gallery.

 

the f word - Contemporary Feminist Art is Australia exhibition invitation with essay by exhibition Curator Caroline Phillips for the Sale exhibition at Gippsland Art Gallery.

the f word – Contemporary Feminist Art is Australia exhibition invitation with essay by exhibition Curator Caroline Phillips for the Sale exhibition at Gippsland Art Galle

It was a great few days of installing at Gippsland Art Gallery with Caroline Phillips and all the other artists that took the trip across to Sale. Great location, lovely gallery experience and a fantastic group of artists to be involved with. A huge thank you to Caroline Phillips for all her continual work and effort is getting the entire project of the f word – Contemporary Feminist Art in Australia happening over the last two years. Will post an image of the catalogue below but if you can get your hands on it it features the Sale Exhibition and the Ararat exhibition as well essays by Louise Burchill, Virginia Fraser and an in conversation with Caroline Phillips and Carolyn Barnes, the forums in Melbourne and Bendigo and the Technopia Feminist Art Bus.

Installing a smaller version of Mother Tongue at Gipplsand Art Gallery, two new drawings and the 15 minute Mother Tongue video.

Installing a smaller version of Mother Tongue at Gipplsand Art Gallery, two new drawings and the 15 minute Mother Tongue video.

 

Mother Tongue - Romulus and Remus, pastel on paper, 80h x 120w cm, 2014

Mother Tongue – Romulus and Remus, pastel on paper, 80h x 120w cm, 2014

 

Digital still from the Mother Tongue video. Interviewee: Ilario Crisera, Photography: Robert Klarich

Digital still from the Mother Tongue video. Interviewee: Ilario Crisera, Photography: Robert Klarich

 

Mother Tongue - Birth Markings, pastel on paper, 80h x 120w cm, 2014

Mother Tongue – Birth Markings, pastel on paper, 80h x 120w cm, 2014

 

features the Sale Exhibition and the Ararat exhibition as well essays by Louise Burchill, Virginia Fraser and an in conversation with Caroline Phillips and Carolyn Barnes, the forums in Melbourne and Bendigo and the Technopia Feminist Art Bus.

The catalogue features the Sale Exhibition and the Ararat exhibitions as well essays by Louise Burchill, Virginia Fraser and an in conversation with Caroline Phillips and Carolyn Barnes, the forums in Melbourne and Bendigo and the Technopia Feminist Art Bus.

 

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