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July 15, 2017

Eventually, the engraving is done; it’s time to give the artwork its wings.  All the experimentation in the world cannot guarantee what happens next…

To some degree, you can manipulate how the 2-part rust effect paint behaves. I wanted a tonal shift dark at the edge to...

July 15, 2017

Spinning the dish was a really useful method for making concentric marks.  The white gesso, the darker ash paint layers and final black rust effect paint were all applied and sanded back this way at some stage. Holding brush or sandpaper in one hand and spinning the di...

July 11, 2017

 This is the dish being prepared in the mobile spray booth...ironically using paint designed to prevent rust! At this stripped back stage, the dish is no longer functional. It is still an ‘object’, not yet pretending to be ‘art’, low not high.

 I think part of the attra...

July 6, 2017

This is the satellite dish during its makeover for the Bunbury Biennale. Turning the object into art justified my hoarding.  But the dish was also the perfect ‘found object’: I wanted to follow up the recent Control Point artworks with a new piece that warped the flat...

November 10, 2016

Delivered: that's the smile of relief! Really good to get back from the artworks during the Tuesday install and see them go up in this absolutely magnificent gallery space down on the Mandurah waterfront.  It's always satisfying and fascinating seeing a show come toget...

October 24, 2016

This is the leftover ash and binder from the middle panel of this series.  It's just a mixing palette, but has unintentional cloud shapes with that crucial energy and 'mark-making' I'm after. So, can these types of marks make their way back to where they're supposed to...

October 21, 2016

What has rust got to do with fire? The process is actually pretty much the same, but a slower oxidation process on a different material; metal rather than things that obviously burn and ignite, like wood.  I have no shortage of rust coloured iron oxides in my samples o...

September 2, 2016

Sometimes you just have to put down the brushes and get back to basics. And it doesn't get basic, more primal, more hands-on than reverting to finger painting!  For the final paint layer on this piece for the upcoming exhibition, Control Point, I used oil sti...

August 20, 2016

The battle plan is drawn and underway!  The compositions are complete, the what-goes-where-on-what is done. The ingredients have been gathered and sorted.  Materials from 2 sources - the burnt forest and hardware stores - are now being transformed from 'stuff' into art...

March 4, 2016

 

This is the ashcloud from the Northcliffe fire of just over a year ago.  It is one of many shots I took from home, tracking the fire's progress day by day, and observed with a mixture of absolute awe and trepidation. It impacted lives but thanks to major fire-fighting...

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