Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ratio of losers to winners - 99:1









































I am trying unsuccessfully to convince myself that a relatively small triumph is a triumph nonetheless.

Monday, July 25, 2011

'The Dream' II

If this 'art thing' doesn't work out for me I have decided that I want to open a 50s Malt Shop, like a Diner that serves milkshakes and sodas and ice cream sundaes and has juke boxes and a dance floor with black and white square tiles. It would be so fun and ultimately I would want it to be like a hang out for teenagers like "Meet you at the Malt Shop after school" and somewhere you take out your date like "Want to go get a soda together after school?" and all the waitresses would wear great clothes and maybe even have roller skates and maybe I'd even get a liquor license and make alcoholic milkshakes and everyone could twist all night long.

The only flaws in this plan are:
1. I hate working in the hospitality industry
2. I need to do some research, but I don't know how big the market for a 50s Malt Shop in Melbourne really is
3. I wouldn't want irritating little kids to come in but they probably would
4. It would be hard to source enough pairs of roller skates
5. It would be hard to teach staff to carry milkshakes and rollerskate
6. As soon as you step out of the door it would no longer be the 50s
7. Probably wouldn't make much money from selling milkshakes
8. It makes me seem pretty tragic

Not surprisingly, the list of flaws in the 'being an artist' plan is a lot longer - but I'll give that one my best shot first before I go into the Malt Shop industry - although expressions of interest are welcome.






Sunday, July 24, 2011

Overused sayings

Lately my response to everything had been "I don't know about that" or "I'm not sure about that" which is all very well and good but doesn't actually get anything done and is generally a completely useless statement. I've got to get my act together because tomorrow begins second semester of my third and final year at Uni and I've got lots of work ahead of me. I'm scared for the beginning of the end to begin because I don't want to reach the end, or, I feel like I'm not quite ready to reach the end. Part of me still feels like I 'just finished' high school and that I still have a lot to learn about life and myself and all those other corny things.

Ah but c'est la vie as B*witched would say. I think people get confused between who they are and what they're doing. My anxiety about 'the end' I suppose comes from an insecurity about who I will be next year if I don't know what I'm doing. There's a simple answer to that, which is not "I'm not sure about that", it's - "FIGURE IT OUT!".

Friday, July 22, 2011

The Women Men Want







I dunno I don't really feel like writing. These are some images I like at the moment.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Studio Session








































Today I sung and recorded myself doing so. I'm making recordings of myself singing to pop songs for the upcoming group exhibition I have been talking about 'Is It Straight?' at George Paton Gallery. It sounds crazy, I know. I've never sung in my life and it's not like I'm good, but I have tried. It's a real laugh, actually, and I enjoyed myself. I've been thinking about Pop songs and how I have really intense emotional attachments to lots of them. I am always singing out loud to something and I feel like this validates the sentiment of the song and applies it to yourself. Anyway, I think I am going to combine these recordings I have made in a space with lots and lots of drawings. But I suppose it's still evolving.

I like these recordings because it's like karaoke or sing star. It's a combination of being pathetic and having fun. I like the idea of pop songs because they're so dynamic and interchangeable. They reach out to masses of people who've ever had their heart broken or fallen in love or whatever. They can make different people feel entirely different things, and evoke vivid memories of people or circumstances. Also, they have access to really intimate spaces in people's lives.

All the songs I have recorded I know the words off by heart. Occasionally I stuff them up which is also great. Anyway, here's a sneaky pete of a track. You can download it here http://www.mediafire.com/?tl6fyos2clwaf

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

RELAX IT'S THE NINETIES

On the weekend I went to a 90s themed party. It was really fun, I dusted off the butterfly clips and went searching for the ultimate awful 90s clothes at Savers. While there were some weird and wonderful 60s revival mini skirts and daisy print tank tops I ended up going for a subtle sort of All Saints/early Destiny's Child look with purple almost plastic high waisted pants, a black crop top and a sheer, frilled pink cardigan thing. I also wore my Leonardo Dicaprio necklace (Refer to this post: http://minna-gilligan.blogspot.com/2010/10/fate-is-kind.html ) and my Spice Girls ring.

Anyway this party really made me feel like I'd grown up - I realized the nineties weren't just yesterday because we were attending a nostalgically themed party of the era. We drove to there and bought alcohol and played Teenage Dirtbag with the windows down - all things I was unable to do at the time. For me, the nineties were largely about wanting to be cool - and to be cool in my eyes you had to be a teenager. I wasn't old enough in the nineties, but finally now did my dream come true. I went to a cool 90s party and wore cool 90s clothes and danced to cool 90s music with cool 90s people. It was eerily authentic I think because we had mentally travelled back in time and also, of course - partied like it was 1999.

Below is a selection of photos - the first four are real retro ones from the nineties, as you can see we had some pretty amazing birthday parties as children. I'm on the right in both of the photographs. The cakes were made by my Mum and Nanna and as I recall, were even more impressive in real life.






Saturday, July 16, 2011

Studio Chaos



3 Women











Last night I watched Robert Altman's incredible 1977 film '3 Women' with Shelley Duval and Sissy Spacek. Not only is Shelley Duval amazing looking, but she is truly a spot on actor, evoking honest pity from the viewer in her portrayal of the character Millie Lammoreaux. The whole film is eerie and floaty and I liked it a lot because a lot of the communication is implied, like it would be in a dream. The whole film is uploaded to YouTube in Fourteen parts if you can't get a copy, I really recommend it! This is the link to part 1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQPnxmVJMrY

Friday, July 15, 2011

Blasts from the past














Oh christ I don't know what's more depressing about this, the fact that contemporary is spelt wrong, the fact that the culprit's display picture is of him 'planking', or the fact that these are the kind of people I grew up with. I mean being a 'novelty' is kind of fun for a while but as you get older there is a hint of unwarranted patronization or pity or something, like "Oh isn't that sweet y'know they like quirky stuff they're so kooky but the poor darling they're not really doing anything real with their life" And I dunno about you other 'contempory art type gals' but I'm not into that and personally if someone utters the word quirky in front of me I'm likely to punch them in the face but more likely to just grit my teeth and smile, who am I kidding.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Whatever You Like




























PLAYLIST 12TH JULY. Download the songs here: http://www.mediafire.com/?z0et84ce5qlrz

1. Enjoy The Silence - Moriarty
2. Out On The Weekend - Neil Young
3. Le tourbillon - Jeanne Moreau
4. I'm Not Sayin' - Nico
5. Whatever You Like - TI
6. Out In The Streets - Blondie
7. Green Light - Beyonce
8. Underneath It All - No Doubt
9. 7.00AM - Jacqueline Taieb
10. Livin' In Up - Ja Rule
11. The Oogum Boogum Song - Brenton Wood
12. Sexy Sadie - The Beatles
13. Where Is My Man? - Eartha Kitt

Revival Day


















Pass the sugar honey help Harriet
adjust the brightness low get outta bed slow
floundering, foundering the basis for platform
shoes he's got the blues, issues
shelf stacking send her packing,
suitcase in hand her hair was bland
blessed with dullness delicious sallow cheeks
I shouldn't have counted it's been weeks.

Monday, July 11, 2011

"A bad run"

Earlier this year I built up the courage to cut my own hair, and now it seems that whenever I have some kind of melodramatic emotional trauma, I get out the scissors. I've cut my hair so much lately and it's so short that I had nowhere else to go but to 'THE FRINGE'. I know it's a bad idea, I know. I know that in 2 weeks I'll be trying to 'grow it out' but I did it because I had no other option and I wanted to look like Anna Karina, an objective which so far is not being achieved.

As well as running my own dodgy hairdressers I'm currently watching a beautiful Louise Bourgeois documentary and thinking about the work I'm going to make for an upcoming exhibition I am in "Is It Straight' at George Paton Gallery. I will post more details about it soon, it's going to be brilliant and I'm very excited! Here are some images I have been working on.



Saturday, July 9, 2011

Saturday Night/The Vibes

Tonight is Saturday night - and what a night it's been. I had wine and cheese with my Nanna after work and watched Getaway. Then, we went to the local pub for dinner and had a 'lemon squash' and a parma. Now I'm home alone, my phone is off the hook and I'm gathering my thoughts whilst listening to Blondie.