I wrote this essay in late 2020 for the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s WA Living Artist Archive as part of its AGWA Foundation COVID-19 Stimulus Package for artists in the State Collection. I’d like to thank the Art Gallery of Western Australia, AGWA Foundation and the Government of Western Australia for their support during this difficult time.Read more
There is an experience common to many, and, I strongly suspect, to most artists. This experience, despite its apparent near-ubiquity, is almost never discussed. Whenever I have raised the topic with fellow artists, they will usually acknowledge its reality, but it seems that no one wants to discuss it. The experience I’m referring to, of course, is that of post-exhibition blues.Read more
This paper was delivered at the symposium Letter from the east • Carrying, held at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China on 17 December, 2018. My works in this exhibition consist of a series of drawings I did in the Swiss Alps between July and October of 2018, as well as a two channel video work that resulted from these studies.Read more
Democracy in Switzerland is fascinating. As a casual visitor to Switzerland — even if you stay for several weeks — you will doubtless find the country both charming and alarmingly close to the chocolate box cliché: the pastures are green, the cows do indeed all have bells, and the villages are as immaculate as they are pretty. The people are friendly, if a little reserved. However, if you stay longer, and especially if you get to know some Swiss people, you can start to see that the country has some intriguing characteristics.Read more
I only learnt German at high school for three years; I enjoyed it, but it was far from my strongest […]Read more
It’s been a busy and successful year to date, starting with my first solo exhibition in Melbourne at Gallerysmith Project […]Read more
In addition to being the 2013 artist in residence at Cossack, part of my prize for last year’s Best Overall […]Read more
Last night I found that I had won the City of Bayswater Art Awards, making it the second award I’ve […]Read more
On the weekend it was announced that my painting had been selected as the Best Overall Artwork in the 2012 […]Read more
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This watercolour mountain is something of a study for my new video work.
Getting more of the alpine geological groove on. Watercolour study (with a little help from W&N’s very fine acrylics).
Watercolour. This isn’t on quite the right track for my alpine project, but I like it all the same. A productive misstep.
Another sketchbook study from yesterday’s alpine adventure. This is a section of the mighty 300m cliff walls of the Lauterbrunnental. The valley is very young, having been carved by glaciers during the last ice age (24,000 to 10,000 years ago).
Yesterday I went on my first proper alpine adventure, wandering up the Lauterbrunnental, a valley carved out by glaciers in the last ice age. I stopped to do this view of the peaks of Mönch and Jungfrau. (Eiger is concealed by the cliff walls on the left.)
This is a good start: I got the Kinect connected, with skeleton tracking (which gives me the positions of limbs in 3D space, with coordinates). Now for days of wading through C++. My plan is to bridge it to Swift to build the art work proper. We shall see!