Sunday, December 30, 2018

Poem created by a person who lived in a Supported Residential Accommodation

Poem created by a person  who lived in a Supported Residential Accommodation ( SRS)  (Victoria Australia  -  Art Access Victoria) 

I can't put the name to the poem as I am sure of her name. I do not feel it is a breach of her copyright as the poem has several versions and changed constantly. I am unsure of her name as I only met her once and she changed the spelling of her name constantly.  The recording of her poem came about as she yearned for someone to write down her story or fragmented memory and it was spurred on by the idea that the artists at the SRS were going to exhibit at local Library. Being noticed, recorded and part of something bigger was important for these artists as they often didn't have any contact with anyone and were very isolated. I think this is why she felt she urgently needed to have her story recorded. She came up to me as I was conducting the art classes at the SRS  with variations of the poem as if she was remembering fragments and was altering as it came into her memory. There was a  sense of urgency to have someone record her memory.  She changed each line slightly  and  the poem changed continually and it was a very fluid process 

*The process was like a drawing that was plotted very loosely and there was a pentimento line that was erased and re-altered constantly to find the right connections.

*The process was like a clay sculpture where the form was felt and found and was slippery and changing constantly and considered the whole. 

*The poem is fragmented and assembled like a  cubist painting (large gaps in space and it was multifaceted).  The poem was derived from a fairy tale or song and  I think it is a fusion of romantic fragments that also alluded to historical references. But due to the fragmentation and re-working, it has its own life. 

*It is the urgency in the poem and the need to record it that ties it together. It reminded me of Kandinsky's reference to 'necessity'.     

The memory and the power of the poem was very strong to her and she needed a break and ran off into her room. As she remembered the memory and she altered a line in the poem she came out of her room and she asked me to record it.

I felt compelled to at least record it on my blog for her.

The lines are in order. 

The poem
I have the music of your song

But I don't know the words

Once the gypsy handed

Hear the flutist knights

But he stole your soul

Now enchanted and bewitched

And dance endless of 

Gene of a captive heart.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Natural patterns and forms

Interesting forms in nature

Collated research and links on painting

Loss#2, 170cm Hx 100cm W, mixed media on canvas ( Fiona Halse)

Art historian and critic Isabelle Graw offers up just such a definition, addressing this seemingly contradictory task3 head on, proposing this definition: “Painting is a form of production of signs that is experienced as a highly personalized semiotic activity.”4

Collated resources on contemporary painting:

Jan Verwoert, ‘Why are Conceptual artists painting again? Because they think “it’s a good idea”’.
Keynote speech for the 36th Association of Art Historians Society Conference at the Glasgow School of Art.

·         Painting Abstraction: New Elements In Abstract Painting

·         Books: Painting is a Critical Form, Helen Johnson, 3-Ply

·         The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World

·         Painting Today Tony Godfrey, Phaidon, 2009

·         Painting Abstraction: New Elements In Abstract Painting, Bob Nickas, Phaidon, 2009

·         Painting as Model, Yve Alain Bois, MIT Press, 1993

Contemporary painting exhibitions:

Interesting links/resources:

Isabella Graw, Ewa Lajer-Burcharth – Painting beyond itself. The medium in the post-medium condition

Baudeliare –

Thinking Through Painting: Reflexivity and Agency Beyond the Canvas ( book)

Australian Painting:

Painting. More Painting, ACCA, 2016

Shut Up and Paint, NGV International


 Interesting articles:

Friday, December 7, 2018

Support 18: Five Walls

 Above image: Bunker, collage, 25.5cm (W) x 28.5cm (H) ( framed)

SUPPORT 18 is equally an exhibition and a fundraiser, with the commission raised supporting the practices of artists and also used to fund the Five Walls 2019 program - therefore proceeds will be evenly divided: 50% to the artist and 50% to the Gallery.  SUPPORT 18 will fund Five Walls' new Curator Program. The 2019 Curator Program will feature three exhibitions curated by Billy GrunerDavid Thomas and Craig Easton in collaboration with the Director and Committee. The program will introduce new artists and audiences to the Gallery from across Australia and internationally. Five Walls is expanding in 2019 with a large new gallery space showing a variety of exhibitions, including the Curator Program.

ARTISTS (so far) include: Aaron MartinRaymond Carter, Donna ComfortShelley JardineBilly GrunerKyle JenkinsTina DouglasBrett Colquhoun, Shaun O'Connor, Jimmy LangerKhi-Lee ThorpeIan WellsEllie Chalmers-RobinsonJason HaufeMark WingraveDavid Freney-MillsAndrew GutteridgeJulianne Clifford, Adrien DeVries, Rebecca MonaghanGraziela GuardinoAlizon Grey, Graeme Thompson, Yuria OkamuraAnnelies JahnAmarie Bergman, David ThomasCraig EastonPatricia TodarelloPeter LeighPJ HickmanPhil Edwards, Joyce Huang, Karen Wells, Simon Morris, Louise BlytonSally TapeStephen WickhamRhett d’CostaRobin KingstonFiona HalseMax Lawrence WhiteDavid Freney-Mills, John AslanidisChris PackerDonna Comfort, Wendy KellyMichael BullockCharlotte WatsonPeter FiferChris BondAdrien AllenNancy ConstandeliaSusan AndrewsElke VargaNick BerryStephen HaleyDarren WardleBryan SpierSarah KeigheryGraham King Davis

Exhibition Details:

Closing event
: Friday, December 21st, 6-9pm

Exhibition duration: December 19th - 22nd

Hrs: Wednesday - Saturday,  12-5pm

Address: Five Walls, Suites 2, 3 & 4, level 1 /119 Hopkins Street,  Footscray, VIC, Australia

Phone: +61 0421 706 205



my work 'Bunker' - middle left 

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Finalist: Tidal.18 - the City of Devonport National Art Award

Exhibition Dates: 3 November 2018 – 27 January 2019

Opening and Award Night: Friday 2 November 2018

Floor Talk: Saturday 3 November

Location: Devonport Regional Gallery, 
45-47 Stewart Street, Devonport, Tasmania, Australia

More Information 

The Tidal: City of Devonport National Art Award is a biennial, acquisitive award. Artists residing in Australia are invited to submit 2-dimensional artworks that reflect on tidal – the natural, cultural, personal or political concerns related to the sea and coastal regions.
The Award provides a contemporary platform for artists to ponder the myriad perspectives and challenges inherent within the interconnections of land and sea while also encouraging excellence in concept, innovation and execution of 2-dimensional artwork.
The $15,000 Major Award is sponsored by the Devonport City Council and the Devonport Regional Gallery Friends Committee. $1,000 People’s Choice Award is sponsored by Collins Real Estate, Devonport. This is a non-acquisitive award selected by the viewers of Tidal. The Award is announced at the conclusion of the exhibition.
The Award aims to:

  • Encourage experimentation within and across mediums relative to 2-dimensional works of art
  • Present a stimulating and diverse exhibition of contemporary Australian art practice to the Devonport Community and visitors to the region
  • Promote excellence in contemporary visual art that reflects on natural, cultural, personal or political concerns related to the sea, coastal regions and coastal communities

Works by the following artists have been preselected:
Tasmania: Diane Allison, Priscilla Beck, Nikala Bourke, Sean Coyle, Alex Davern, Selena de Carvalho, Keith Deverell (2 works), Lisa Garland, Neil Haddon, Leigh Hobba, Mandy Hunniford, Liam James, Kim Lehman, Sue Lovegrove, Marion Marrison, Jennifer Marshall, Penny Mason, Janelle Mendham, Anne Morrison, James Newitt, Robert O'Connor, Tom O'Hern, David Stephenson, Martin Walch, Megan Walch, Matt Warren, Emily-Rose Wills, Stephen Woodbury and Chee Yong.
New South Wales: Heather Burness, Julia Davis, Tina Havelock Stevens, Rodney Pople and Peter Stevens         
Queensland: Kathrin Dierich & Trevor David O'Dwyer (joint work), Amanda Jane Gabori and Shannon Toth
Victoria: Mark Dober, Fiona Halse, Bridget Hillebrand, Martin King, Megan McPherson, Valerie Sparks,
Northern Territory: Sarah Genevieve Pirrie
Western Australia: Brian Robinson

Work selected: 

Installation view  - photographer Kelly Slater

                                                    Installation view  - photographer Kelly Slater

Above image: Where the Sea meets the Sand, mixed media on canvas, 200cm(W) x170cm (H), 2018

Above image: ( detail) Where the Sea meets the Sand, mixed media on canvas, 200cm(W) x170cm (H), 2018

Information regarding this work:

This work ‘Where the Sea meets the Sand’ has an underlying suspension and structure and hidden tide of forms that have been dissolved. The white weaves into positive to negative space like an undercurrent.  This abstract work seeks to capture a sense of openness and infinity. Forms are architectonic, but informal accidents and textures are found with line, Tachist approaches and this work has limited blue colour ranges with pockets of yellow. ‘Where the Sea meets the Sand’ seeks to capture rhythms that are evoked from the sea, from sea spray to buoyancy, a breath and moment of stillness.  

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Of Colour & Light - Women Abstract Artists

Of Colour and Light, Women Abstract Artists Biennial 2020

 November 2020 - January 2021

West End Art Space, Melbourne, Australia


This is the third abstract biennial hosted by West End Art Space, curated by Anna Prifti, that aims to provide a platform to women abstract artists from the state of Victoria. It began in 2016 with the aim to showcase and advocate that women artists have been an integral part of the Abstract movement.

This year the biennial coincides with the opening of our new gallery space in Adderley Street, West Melbourne. There will be a variety of artworks on show, with women working in a diverse range of contemporary art practices, established and well-recognised careers. Abstraction in an array of styles -lyrical, expressive, intuitive, hard-edged, reductive, minimalist – becomes unified by an ongoing conversation on colour and light.

deadline 30 Sept 2020.



Of Colour & Light

5 - 27 October 2018

West End Art Space, Melbourne, Australia

A Biennial Show by Victorian Women Abstract Artists
Exhibition: 5 - 27 October 2018
Opening: Saturday 6 October 2018
Guest speaker: Kate Nodrum
Hrs: Wed- Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday 10am-3pm ( open other times by appointment)
Location: West End Art Space
Address: 185 Rosslyn Street, West Melbourne, VIC, 3003, Australia
Contact: Anna Prifti - Director
Phone:+61 0415 243 917 

Link to Media release

Link to Catalogue Essay written by Dr Elisabeth Bodey

Link to List of Works

Link to Podcast Alex McCulloch Arts Show 

Image above:  Speeches - L-R : Anna Prifti ( Director and Curator), Kate Nodrum ( Guest Speaker  - Charles Nodrum Gallery) 

Image above: Artists in 2018 exhibition 

Installation image -  L- R:  Tracey Coutts, Vanessa Oter, Elisabeth Bodey, Roz Esplin, Cathy Muhling, Fran O'Neill 

Installation image - L-R:  Fiona Halse, Jennifer Goodman, Louise Blyton, Samara Adamson-Pinczewski, Wendy Kelly

Installation image -  L-R: - Louise Blyton, Melinda Harper

Installation image -  L-R:  Terri Brooks, Louise Blyton, Louise Blyton, Wilma Tabacco

Installation image - R- L   - Suzanne Moss, Renecca Monaghan, Louise Blyton, Robin Kingston

Installation image -L-R: Louise Blyton, Robin Kingston, Shelly Jardine

Installation image - L-R: Louise Blyton, Melinda Harper, Linda Pickering

Installation image - L-R:    Elisabeth Bodey, Roz Esplin, Cathy Muhling

 Image above:  Magda Cebokli

Image above: Eleanor Hart

Image above: Samara Adamson- Pinczewski


Image above: Anna Caione

Image above: Lindy Patterson

Image above:  Fiona Halse - Loss #1, 170cm (H) x 100cm (W), mixed media on canvas


Of Colour & Light - Abstraction in Victoria ( 2016)

Exhibition: 10 June  - 18 July 2016 
Opening: Saturday 11 June 2016
Guest speaker: Charles Nodrum
Location: Yarra Sculpture Space
Address: 117 Vere Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

  Installation image - ( from  'Of Colour & Light - Abstraction in Victoria' ( 2016) exhibition)

 Installation image - Christine Healy ( from  'Of Colour & Light - Abstraction in Victoria' ( 2016) exhibition)

 Installation image ( from  'Of Colour & Light - Abstraction in Victoria' ( 2016) exhibition)

 Installation image ( from  'Of Colour & Light - Abstraction in Victoria' ( 2016) exhibition)

Guest Speaker: Charles Nodrum
Curator; Anna Prifti

Image: artists ( from  'Of Colour & Light - Abstraction in Victoria' ( 2016) exhibition)


Image: Wilma Tabacco( from  'Of Colour & Light - Abstraction in Victoria' ( 2016) exhibition)

link to Wilma Tabacco catalogue essay

Related projects and Exhibitions

 Image: Wilma Tabacco ( from  'Of Colour & Light - Abstraction in Victoria' ( 2016) exhibition)

Other projects - Wilma Tabacco:
Archived projects (EG - Stephen McLaughlan Gallery, Melbourne, Lethaby Gallery, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London)

Director - Langford 120 Gallery

Abstraction 2018

Deakin University Art Gallery launches The Centre for Abstract and Non-Objective Art. 
The launch coincides with the beginning of The Void. Visible. Abstraction & Non-Objective Art, a new exhibition for 2017 that includes the work of artists Stephen Wickham, Stephen McCarthy, Andrew Christofides and Wilma Tabacco. Link

Image: Terri Brooks
Other projects  - Terri Brooks:

Blog on abstraction - Art Thoughts Blog

Image: Louise Blyton ( from  'Of Colour & Light - Abstraction in Victoria' ( 2016) exhibition)

Other projects - Louise Blyton:
2017 Chromatopia - A History of Colour (guest curator) Tacit Contemporary
Many abstract artists curated in this exhibition

Image: Merryn Trevethan ( from  'Of Colour & Light - Abstraction in Victoria' ( 2016) exhibition)

Other projects - Merryn Trevethan:
This Wild Song - curated exhibition in Singapore ( High Commission) - Women artists 

Image: Fran O'Neill

Other Projects - Fran O'Neill:
The Other Side of Things: Women of Abstraction

Eleanor Hart  Paintings from 'Unfolding Time' exhibition ( 2017)

Other Projects - Eleanor Hart: 

Solo exhibition Unfolding Time at  Glen Eira City Council Gallery (2017)
The paintings and drawings are part of a series that references the title. This visual research is about place and memory, dealing with ‘escaping’ from Vienna in the war years. The energy in Eleanor Hart’s work has been encapsulated by the discovery of letters written in Gothic German that were hidden and revealed decades later. 

The concept of Unfolding Time resonates through the painterly abstraction that is the vibrating medium.

Other Projects - Melinda Harper:

Colour Sensation - the Works of Melinda Harper ( 2015) - Heidi Museum of Modern Art

Colour and optical vibrancy animate Melbourne artist Melinda Harper’s remarkable oeuvre of abstract works developed over three decades. While Harper is best known as a painter, this survey reveals a surprising diversity of practice in its inclusion of drawings, collages, screenprints, experimental photographs, painted objects and exquisite handmade embroideries.

Women Abstraction (exhibitions) ( list is not exhaustive):

General Abstraction, Australia ( list is not exhaustive):

Fifty years after the Field ( Factory 49) - catalogue essay

Sydney Non-Objective

see - Abstraction Twenty Eighteen link 

Interesting and related articles or links ( list is not exhaustive):

Essay - Why has there not been any great Women Artists?

Jeanette Winterson -  Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism

Joan Kerr

Past present: the national women's art anthology / edited by Joan Kerr and Jo Holder

Elizabeth Grosz - Chaos, Territory, Art: Deleuze and the Framing of the Earth

Other Victorian Abstract Women Artists ( list is not exhaustive):

Other Australian Abstract Women Artists ( list is not exhaustive):