2019 has been full of interruptions for me due to house renovations….which have been in full swing since May and sadly will still be weeks away. My studio is at home so there for my usual peace has been constantly disrupted with questions, planning, ordering, supervising, jack hammering, and a tribe of blokes who wander in and out of the house from the early hours of the morning.
Even though I would love to have my kitchen finished, (or would just love to have a clear and honest hand over date instead of the bullshit that we keep getting), I am starting to have more hours of concentrated studio time.
I’m painting, playing with ceramics and also textiles with better intentions to work towards a more cohesive body of work for 2020.
The only welcome disrupters are of the dachshund kind.
Here are a few snippets of my workspace.
Over the last month I have been spending every spare moment in the studio.
I have the sense that this year is going to flyby. Family commitments have been locked in already: trips; weddings and school demands. In May I have two exhibitions. One in Brisbane and the other in Adelaide. (what was I thinking) I will have all the details first via my Instagram page and also here on my website.
So in this post I just wanted to share a small amount of the works that are in progress. It looks very much like a dog’s breakfast at the moment, and I feel like I have no room to move at times. Landscapes, particularly trees and even more the eucalyptus trees in my own backyard are the source of my investigations.
This summer has been relentlessly hot and dry. The heat has caused so much stress to the trees, that they have shed their bark so dramatically this year, revealing the most amazing colours and textures. I’m looking forward to cooler days so I can get out and walk more within the landscape.
I am always ready to start before I can. Ideas overflow at this time of the year yet I have little time to focus and commit to them during school holidays.
When I can I reach for any chance to start something. Anything. Mark making is an integral part to any artist’s practice. I guess it’s a bit like warming up or stretching before a run. (Except I hate running) It can be done in many ways, not just with something that carries pigment but something that can scratch and take pigment or surface away. I still use some old dental tools I was given from my uni days when I majored in printmaking.
I am a Brisbane based artist located in Kenmore. I work from my home studio overlooking the Brisbane River and am surrounded by Eucalyptus, Poinciana and Jacaranda trees. From my window I watch the seasons shift, wild storms roll in from the south west and birds of all species visit my garden. And the occasional snake. I have two studio dachshunds who mostly lie under my desk or in the sun!
I also work from Pottsville, in Northern New South Wales throughout the year when I need the ocean to inspire my work and senses.
If you would like to visit in Kenmore, please email to arrange a time. It’s never this clean!
Photos: The above photos were taken by Mindi Cooke.