Monday, December 15, 2014

exhibition early 2015

A new exhibition featuring the range of mixed media at the Brunswick Street Gallery is opening on 23 January 2015. The show runs for two weeks and I have a number of pieces in the show - some familiar, some new:

Xylem/Phloem: the interior landscape of trees

Flagellation - which either goes this way or
this - yet to be decided and I think I will arrange the hanging hardware so there's a choice.

Salvage Moon

Vagina Dentata I
 Vagina Dentata II


Sunday, November 30, 2014


Well, almost. I find it really hard to know when a piece is finished but I think these are pretty close. A few layers of glaze to seal the surface and I think they're done.

Here are some detail shots of Flagellation
and Heart Wound.

Monday, November 24, 2014

adventures in casein medium

A couple of posts ago, I spoke of making casein medium using cottage cheese and ammonia. It has been sitting maturing in the fridge (appropriately labelled, of course) and yesterday I had a play to see how well it worked.
It was huge fun. The medium had set like a thick custard or mayonnaise so I watered it down to a wash consistency and stirred in some artist's ink.  Following Antony Gormley's example I brushed it over soaked paper (khadi paper in my case) and then scritched over it with a stylus.And magically the colour surged into the etched lines.

Then I tried writing with the stylus - completely legible when wet, and then less so as it dried, smudging into runic shapes which looks like they out to be able to be read and understood but instead remain puzzling, almost meaning something.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

work on show

The smallest sprog's school has an art show for their annual fund-raiser.  I have three artworks in this year's show - all framed and for sale.
Solomon's Gate
53x 49cm (framed) $350

33x27cm (framed) $125

and Stitch Marks
32x27cm (framed) $125

The art show opens next Friday evening and is open all day Saturday - as an added inducement their second hand clothing "stall" (spread over 2 rooms) had Jimmy Choos for $80 last year. And yes, they were in my size and no, I didn't buy them.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday afternoon medium making

This afternoon I was inspired to make my own casein medium. Having seen Antony Gormley interviewed by Lily Cole and using casein medium for his drawings, I was determined to track some down. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be available in Australia but I did find a recipe on Wikipaedia.

So, the smallest sprog and I hopped it to the shops and came back with cottage cheese and ammonia and set to. 

It seethed and bubbled until it was much reduced and like a thin creme anglaise.
 and is now cooling, awaiting experiment.

Saturday, November 15, 2014