Exciting! This week marks the first of a new series on the blog called Studio Talkwhere I get artists and designers to talk about what goes on in their studio. Our first guest is Melbourne artist, Colleen Boyle. Colleen is clever – she was awarded a PhD from RMIT School of Art in 2016. She’s also a gifted artist having recently won a sculpture commission for the Wonderment Walk in Melbourne. I met Colleen many years ago through a tribe of connected colleagues and friends in the city I contantly pine for – Melbourne. I moved to Sydney 2.5 years ago and so have not seen Colleen’s fantastic new sculpture, Celestial Ground, installed at Docklands. But I will be making a beeline for it on my next trip south.
I asked Colleen some questions about her studio practice hoping that this talented and very busy woman might shed some light on how she does it for the rest of us.
It’s a real treat for me to be able to introduce you two very creative forces: Mariana Verdaasdonk and Tetsutoshi Tabata, who together are 66b/cell, a Tokyo-based creative collective working in theatres, galleries, museums, and beyond.
I had the pleasure of meeting Mariana and Tetsu when they began collaborating with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences in Sydney. They were working on developing an extraordinary immersive digital installation which is now complete and part of the current Annette Kellerman exhibition. Go see. It’s spellbinding. You can read more about how 66b/cell created this work here. Having witnessed what they can do and having spent time talking to them about many things creative I knew I had to profile them here. Continue reading →
This week’s post is the first artist profile for Art Matters Now (hooray!). It features an artist I’ve known for almost 20 years. I first met Jackie Ralph in Tokyo, Japan, and later we became neighbours while living in Kyoto. Back then she was painting canvasses with giant sized blue sumo wrestlers in the most beautiful way you can imagine. I have a small one in my home, a gift from Jackie that makes my heart sing. So it is with much delight that I share Jackie’s thoughts on why art matters. Continue reading →
The enduring popularity of artist, Frida Kahlo, never ceases to amaze me. It seems we’re in the midst of a new wave of public fascination for her work and story. There’s yet another exhibition of her work (and Diego Rivera’s) at the Art Gallery of NSW showing right now in Sydney. Perhaps this resurgence is about a new generation discovering the legend that is Frida. Or something else at play. Continue reading →