This winter past: a lot of life drawing accompanied by slow but regular progress on a self-portrait series that looks at the moving, choreographed body in relation to specific places.
Some moody phone camera documentation (my DSLR camera had just died) of the Stranger With My Face exhibition, which ran from 14-17 April 2016 as an adjunct to Tasmania’s Stranger With My Face International Film Festival. I was in Hobart covering the festival for RealTime Arts and had also been invited by festival director Briony Kidd to participate in this group show. Curator Robyn Oh did a terrific job of assembling the various works in the Festival Club (aka the Founders Room at Salamanca Arts Centre).
The exhibition took its cue from the festival, which showcases and promotes the work of women who make horror and dark genre films.
Below: Stranger With My Face International Film Festival opening night party
Click here for my overview of the festival for RealTime.
In August this year I moved out of my studio of nine years, after the landlords had their development application approved. This three-storey warehouse opposite the Annandale Hotel in Stanmore, Sydney, was at different times home and work space to a number of artists including Elizabeth Day, Justin Trendall, Maria Cruz, Stephen Birch, Jacky Redgate, Brandt Lewis and India Zegan. Sculptor and painter Peter Hardy had been there for about 30 years. So we had a pretty good run, but it’s sad when these increasingly rare inner-city artists’ spaces go.
Top to bottom: 2014 Christmas card design; Red Self-Portrait (completed Halloween 2014); drawing from self-portrait sketchbook; a friend’s Halloween butterfly tattoo; more from self-portrait sketchbook