In November 2014, I decided to develop the daily practice of keeping an artist’s journal. I didn’t succeed. My artist’s journal recordings throughout 2015 were intermittent. I found it difficult to follow through on my intentions: protracted illnesses in the
At the 2015 Drawing International Brisbane (DIB) Symposium, Professor Chris McAuliffe (ANU School of Art) presented an intriguing paper called, ‘Redrafting spectatorship: William Dobell’s television drawings’. It seems that William Dobell, the controversial two times winner of the Archibald Portrait Prize (1943
“Born in Sydney on August 12, 1928, the [Australian] artist, Charles Blackman has drawn and painted some of the most brilliant images in Australia’s modern art history.” (Barry Dickins, “A Poet of the Paintbrush” in Charles Blackman. Macmillan Mini-Art Series
When one of my students asked me this question, I puzzled over it for a very long time until I realised that the question does not reflect, or tap into, the trajectory of my professional life, nor into the way I
“Untitled, 1971” by American photographer, Diane Arbus, is an anthology of photos taken in “an institution for the mentally retarded” (the term used back then). In my drawing-as-research project, “Talking back to Diane Arbus”, I contest the photographic ethics of
I’m not a fan of collage. Or frottage, or bricolage, or any form of art practice that requires the suffix “…age”. I can never get beyond the notion that it’s just cutting out pieces of paper (or rubbing paper on
When I show this pen and ink selfie to my friends, they laugh with a note of surprise and cry out “That’s really you!” I laugh with them, but wonder at the same time, how is this so self-evidently “me”?
Wikipedia tells us “The Beggars also known as ‘Cripples’ is an oil-on-panel by Flemish renaissance artist Pieter Bruegel the Elder. … Modern eyes may be inclined to conclude that Brugel intended to invoke sympathy for the plight of the crippled figures, but from a