Compiling another of my portfolios, I’ve been revisiting my series ‘Wounded Country‘, which combines texts relating to the early Christianisation of Australia, with representations of archetypal Australian flora and fauna. In particular it uses the anthropomorphic forms and wounded skin of native angophoras as representative of the violence done to indigenous environment and culture. The images combine: photographs from the Royal National Park and other Sydney locations; texts and artefacts of early settlement; vintage book pages. These works were completed between 2001 and 2009.
city visit, a set on Flickr.
We live on the outskirts of the city, though we regularly travel in for work, so it’s fun to sometimes spend a weekend in the thick of it. Right now Sydney has it’s winter Vivid Festival, with many light shows and musical happenings, so we stayed over last weekend. As well as visiting a few different watering holes, strolling around the light shows at Circular Quay, and seeing one of our favourite musical geniuses, C.W.Stoneking play at the Opera House, my partner Christopher Lawrie began his series of subversive ‘new suprematist‘ installations at the MCA and the AGNSW.
A shop for sacred sites? seems an oxymoron I know 🙂
You know, I love travelling, taking photos, and playing with making images, but haven’t had much time and energy for the business side (well, there is that pesky day job, not to mention studies …). However, at last I have bitten the bullet and opened up an Etsy shop. It’s not a ‘fine-art’ outlet, but I love Etsy because it’s not elitist and encourages everyday creativity, and also sells funky vintage stuff. I don’t aspire to climb any art world ladder – like so many others everyday creativity is what I do. And of course as an avid charity-shopper I love the funky vintage stuff 😉
If you haven’t checked out Etsy before, it’s an inspiring place, if you can steer clear of the kitsch (hey, I know some people LOVE kitsch). You can find my shop, sacred sites, here, or linked from my Sales page.
Although we visited Tasmania late in 2011, such is life that I have only recently been exploring the photographs taken there. It was a tantalising glimpse of an island with inspiring, changeable and atmospheric landscapes, as well as a brutal history. As a site for both the sacred and profane, it is well represented by the MONA collection of David Walsh. Here are some mandalas from this first visit, I hope to return later and spend longer.
For my PhD studies, and my work in educational technology, I am exploring how eportfolios could help learners present their developing skills in different dimensions of creative practice in their discipline. I have uploaded to my PhD blog – creative becoming – a copy of the poster I presented at the ePortfolios Australia Forum, and a graphic of the model I have created to frame eportfolio assessment of creative practice.
We’ve been travelling in Europe following the Threshold Concepts conference, kind of following the Orient Express route from London to Istabul. It’s been a while since I’ve posted artwork, that’s because I have been posting to my travel blog, and then for the last month sorting the 3,500 photos that Chris and I took. Here’s a slideshow of about 500 of them. Chris is making some great compositions from these, and that is what I will be doing soon 🙂