I am humbled (and frankly a bit gobsmacked) to have my work, The View From Mandalay Hill (pictured) shortlisted for this years Blake Prize.
The exhibition is being held at the S.H Ervin Gallery in Sydney and will run from the 9th November until the 16th December.
In 2013 the show will tour to various venues around Australia – I’ll keep you updated as the show moves around.
Image detail: The View From Mandalay Hill, 2011. Pigment print. 40 x 40cm
In late 2011 Australian photographers Misho Baranovic and Oliver Lang ran a competition via photo sharing app Instagram seeking photographs of Australian suburbia shot and edited on mobile phones. The end result is the first curated book on Australian mobile photography. Instaburb: 50 Images of Australian Suburbia features images from 35 Australian photographic artists, of which I am thrilled and honored to be one.
Instaburb will be launched in Melbourne on Friday April 13 with a corresponding one-night exhibition at the headquarters of Dumbo Feather magazine. Books will be available for purchase through the Blurb online store.
If you’re an Instagrammer you might be familiar with the trending topic #fivethingsaboutme, where IGers post a list that reveals a bit more about the person behind the camera. I was inspired by the amazing Gwen Weinberg of Three by Three after she posted her list on her feed. If you’re on IG check it out – it’s funny, honest and from the heart.
Ok. Here goes nothing – my five in no particular order:
- I find something majestic and at the same time melancholic about abandoned objects.
- I am a closet air drummer [sad but true] it all started in my bedroom after school; Deirdre was on vocals, with Vanessa on air guitar and Felicity on bass/keyboard while I was on drums. Of course, I can’t be 100% certain but I am pretty sure this makes us one of the few all girl air bands of the ‘80s.
- For some people the glass is half empty, for others half full. I say are you going to drink that.
It’s not just about having a positive attitude – it’s about having a healthy appetite for life and being open to everything it has to offer – the good and the bad. And if it’s not offered – well, what’s wrong with asking for it.
- I am not as cool as people think. [I present air drumming as Exhibit A].
- Photography has taught me that life is not black and white but is made up of many shades of grey; it’s taught me patience but that sometimes a little gentle agitation is required to get results; it’s helped me look at the big picture as well as focus on the small things and it’s taught me that our mistakes can sometimes be beautiful.
A kitchen makeover has been on my to-do list ever since returning home from China. Nothing structural – it’s perfectly functional as is… it’s just old, tired and well… frankly rather uninspiring. I’d already narrowed down the colour palette to three potential shades of blue or grey (though having said that this week I’m quite taken with pale green); and convinced the reformed smoker that a pin board to hold pots and utensils (a la Julia Child’s kitchen) would not only work in our small kitchen but would go some way to mitigate the “we have more stuff than storage” conundrum that plagues us on a daily basis.
It was settled! We just had to psych me up to actually do it.
Of course all of that went out the window last Saturday night when our ageing gas stove decided it had enough and spontaneously took its own life, causing damage to the kitchen and adjoining lounge in the process. I should point out that no-one was hurt. We managed to get the fire out before the fire brigade arrived and the damage, which looks worse than it actually is, is a result of the smoke more than anything else.
I am thrilled to announce that I am showing next month as part of the Head On Photo Festival.
4 Block Radius is a portrait of a urban neighbourhood on the fringe of the Sydney CBD. Focusing on the four-block radius that separates my house from the housing commission tower that looms large above Surry Hills, the show is a selection of photographs taken on an iPhone over the course of a year.
Now in its third year, Head On is the second largest festival of its kind in the world, with 200 events taking place in Sydney during May.
4 Block Radius opens at Airport North Gallery on Thursday 3 May and runs until May 15.
See the Head On website for more details.
23rd Muswellbrook Photographic Award
Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre, NSW
3 March to 22 April 2012
I am a finalist in the 23rd Muswellbrook Photographic Award. The biannual national photographic prize opens March 3rd. See the Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre for more details.
Image details: The View from Mandalay Hill, 2011, pigment print, 40 x 40cm
Postcards From the Fringe
3-7 Dank Street, Waterloo
23 February to 6 March 2012
I may have mentioned before that I am showing my iphoneography works as part of an upcoming show at Kaleidoscope Gallery. ‘Postcards from the Fringe’ is a mixed show of photography and painting with friends and fellow Sydney based artists Andrew Dixon and Ruby Jackson. Opening drinks on Thursday 23 February from 6:00pm.
Kaleidoscope Gallery is open Tues – Sat from 10-5 & Sun 11-4.
Image details (L-R)
Prayer Blocks (detail), 2006, Andrew Dixon
Looking Through the Glass Window (detail), 2011, Ruby Jackson
The Wall (detail), 2011, Natasha Murray