Studio News & Occasional Blog

JUNE 2021

Black Swan, Aunty Eileen Harrison, 2021_Artist Kerrie Warren

Black Swan 2021, Portrait of Dr Aunty Eileen Harrison, 180 x 300 cm

June 2021

I find myself writing another newsletter during lockdown in Victoria.  Thankfully the situation has recently eased in regional and rural areas but I truly feel for my Melbournian friends and family.  I can only imagine the enormous stress that so many will be under… 

Within current circumstances there has been some good news – Portrait of Guy Warren at 100 by artist Peter Wegner has been chosen as this years winning portrait in the Archibald Prize 2021.  Congratulations to both artist and sitter!

My own entry Black Swan 2021, a portrait of Dr Aunty Eileen Harrison (featured above) will now make it’s way back to the studio but might just reappear somewhere else in the near future, stay tuned.

Once again a big thank you to Aunty Eileen for being my subject xxx

A short while back (in the days before Covid), I had the great fortune of meeting another creative soul… John McGeoch of Arts in Motion.  

John, a video projection artist based in the Highlands of Scotland popped in to my studio (on the opposite side of the world in Crossover Australia) and invited me to collaborate on a project… which became two.

The base concept sparked when John viewed a painting Interwoven Systems 2017.  The layering of paint and silhouettes (bush rats and fish) caught his own creative eye… enjoy INTERWOVEN (below left).  

One idea led to another, more images were taken, filming of the abstract mark making in action, and images from another piece were incorporated and digitally layered as conversations took place in Messenger.

Numerous ideas were spoken about during this creative period which inspired John to work on the second video UNIVERSE (above right).

It has been a great pleasure from my perspective, an exciting collaboration where elements of the work have been brought to life on screen – arts in motion.

These videos can be viewed on my YouTube channel, the webpage, or look up John McGeoch ‘Arts in Motion’ on Vimeo to enjoy many more of John’s wondrous creations!

While I’m on the subject of ‘arts in motion’, in my previous email I featured a small clip to showcase snippets of the layering process behind a painting titled Enchanted Gully 2020.  This piece has since been collected and is now displayed on a wall in Vue at Jindivick – a warm and welcoming Eco Bed & Breakfast with an absolutely sensational view!  Yes, this is the same client who purchased the ceramic ‘Bud’ which now rests proudly upon a beautifully hand-crafted plinth made by artist Keith Graham of Serigraph Gallery.  Thank you Anita Day for the photographs below!

Above: Enchanted Gully 2020 & Bud 2018   Now at home… Vue at Jindivick

As we’re quickly approaching ‘End of Financial Year’ I’ve had numerous enquiries about the ATO’s instant asset write-off for eligible small to medium-sized businesses.  The ATO considers artworks an investment and depreciating assets when bought by and for business.  I highly recommend to research this opportunity for yourself and seek your accountants advice.

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"The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art." Junot Diaz

MARCH 2021

Dear Art Lovers,

I’ve finally been able to draw myself away from the studio long enough to write some news!
I must admit that it’s become increasingly difficult to leave the paint and clay and the drive to continue creating has resulted in increasingly longer days… and nights.

I do have news to share though – and I’m embracing the opportunity to step away from the studio for a moment or two to reflect, and make contact again with those who have followed me on this winding path.

Firstly I would like to thank my very dear friend, artist Dr Aunty Eileen Harrison, for agreeing to be my sitter for the Archibald – our time together has resulted in a painting which has taken my focus over the last couple of months, soon to be wrapped and transported to the Art Gallery of NSW in April for judging.

The Gippsland Art Gallery in Sale are very excited to be hosting the Archibald Prize exhibition this year from the 8th of October to 21st of November and are already working very hard behind the scenes!

I’ve been busy here behind the scenes too, but for a bit of fun I created the short clip below (25 seconds) which reveals a selection of images taken in the lead up to the finalised painting ‘Enchanted Gully’.  A smaller painting on linen, 120 x 160cm, currently here at the studio.

More to read below…

Congratulations to the Heide Museum of Modern Art and curator Kendrah Morgan for presenting a major survey exhibition which celebrated the work of artist Joy Hester: Remember Me.  As I wandered through the progression of Hester’s portraits earlier this year I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude to experience such an inspiring, intimate and memorable experience – thank you very much to Anne at Avec Pleasure Art Tours for organising such a special day.

Another powerful exhibition experience I enjoyed was Lisa Roet: 30 Years of Drawing at Finkelstein Gallery  A selection of Roet’s large scale, vigorous studio drawings and sculptures of our simian relatives hands and feet were imposing and magnificent to walk into.  Individual pieces drew me close, and closer in again to inspect their finer details which evoked a sense familiarity and in some way a sense of longing – I felt the impulse to reach out and touch, a desire to connect or reconnect?  

Art inspires many soulful journey’s both in and out of the studio.  I feel very fortunate when I meet others who feel the same – artists, beholders, curators, gallerists, collectors.  Just recently I was invited to a collectors home in Melbourne to view my own work insitu and to enjoy a selection of other works whilst having tea and cake.  I felt truly honoured to be part of their collection and to see my paintings so thoughtfully curated within such beautiful surroundings – thank you!

I was also delighted to deliver Bud, a large stoneware ceramic sculpture to Anita and Paul Day, Vue at Jindivick – an Eco Bed & Breakfast set in a truly stunning location not far from my studio.  Check out their website and spectacular views of West Gippsland!  Thank you Anita for the image of Bud in situ (left).

Life continues to unfold and evolve as does an artistic practice. I have a new website but have less time to update it.  I have more friends on social media but less want to be on-line.  This creative journey has once again brought me to a point of juncture – an invitation to step up and work even harder has been offered, and in many respects it represents a time to let go. 

I look forward to sharing what’s around the next corner soon… watch this space xxx

"I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do." Georgia O'Keeffe

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