Wednesday, January 30, 2013

You've got a prayer

I have been obsessed lately with Lana Del Rey's 'Paradise', I mean, firstly the cover, and generally the whole L.A, Americana, pastel pink motel, palm tree, Route 66 vibes and then of course the songs. I find Lana Del Rey's music particularly addictive, the more you listen to it the more you want, the songs reveal themselves slowly.

With that in mind and on a totally different subject, I've been really busy lately! Looking after my duck and doing life stuff. Today was a really fun day because I had the photoshoot with Kinki Gerlinki! It was really funnn and I got to wear their beautiful clothes and stand there like an important person. Caitlin who works there interviewed me and she was lovely : ) The photos and interview will be released next week in the meantime here is a sneak preview picture like pretending you are all foaming at the mouth to see them..

I also had a fun day today because my name was in The Age newspaper! : )

I texted my Dad showing him this and he said "Well it's all about consistency and small regular mentions are very powerful" after I said "It's only small" and, two mentions in The Age over the past two years isn't bad I guess! Yay for self setisfaction!

Above is a sneak peak of one of the works I've made for my February Rookie series on second wave feminism, that will be posted soon! And, finally, below is a picture of my duck.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Blue Velvet

Today, I bought a duck. On a whim. Not really a thing to do on a whim, but I am determined to make it the best whim decision ever. I was at a really super dodgy trash and treasure market and I just saw a little cage with like 30 of them in there all squeaking and I just decided I wanted to buy one to save it from a fate I wouldn't be too confident in recommending. If you know me, you will know that doing something like that is totally out of character and I honestly don't know what came over me.

So I bought this little duckling home and my sister caught sight of it and wanted one for herself. So now we have two ducklings. They are also sisters and are very cute and mine literally thinks I am her Mother and chirps as soon as she can't see me. My first day of motherhood has been exhausting, and I say this in the most affectionate way possible.

I haven't named her yet. I can't come up with something that seems significant/symbolic/sentimental enough! It will come, I am hoping, serendipitously. I am also really excited to say "Sorry, I have to stay home and look after my duck".

This is no name, my duck

Me, Pre-duck
A SNEAK PEAK of a new work (Via Instagram)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013


Today was busy but good. I went to the movies to see Hitchcock with my friends and also simultaneously tied up lots of lose ends of the email/general communication variety. Hitchcock was fun and relatively entertaining but it would have been better if they just screened a Hitchcock film. Embarrassing confession: I haven't actually SEEN Psycho, how ridiculous. I just watched a film about Psycho without having seen it. I have it on DVD though and if I'm not too scared at some point in my life I may watch it. My favourite Alfie movies are The Birds and Rebecca.

A few exciting things in my life are happening at the moment, one is that I am going to be *modelling* and being interviewed for Kinki Gerlinki which is one of my favourite Melbourne clothing labels! So exciting. I want to make a fun 60s mix CD to groove to whilst *striking my pose.* (That could be the corniest phrase I have ever non-ironically coined on here)

I have opted to stay home tomorrow, out of the 40 million degree heat and under the air conditioner making work. I am making a series for Rookie on second wave feminism and all the great female singers pioneering this movement in particular Carly Simon, Gloria Gaynor, Helen Reddy and Linda Ronstadt.

And, let us take a moment... (Her hair)

Oh and this was at the photoshoot at the Docklands yesterday! Here we all are, hangin out, being artists... you know the usual.

Monday, January 21, 2013

My wild sweet love

I'm feelin' the LA, Jayne Mansfield, pink and yellow and red vibes. I've been wearing lots of pink lately and have beauteous pastel pink manicured toes. I have been making lots of work that I can't show you yet, because it is to be in upcoming shows, sorry. But, patience is a virtue, although I guess you don't even know what you're waiting for and probably don't care anyway so the sentiment is irrelevant. The collage I posted above I made today, it's not quite right (Hence why I can show you now) but was fun nonetheless. I wanted to play around with the idea of a sinister carnival funhouse, having the room upside down and stuff. Hopefully I can take this further so it is more successful in the future. I have just finished a series of collages called 'Girls who wanted to be astronauts' which I am really excited about.

Tonight I had a 'photoshoot' for an upcoming show that I am in at the South Warf Promenade Window which is at the Docklands. I met the other great artists who are also working in the space. There are three planets in my communication zone (according my star sign in the MX Newspaper...) and I really did talk some people's ears off today. It felt great just to chat and meet new people after a rather extended period of relative hermiting. This is beginning to go onto the nonsensical path so I'll leave it here. Uh, PINK! YELLOW!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Honky Tonk Girl

I've been away on a family road trip to Adelaide for the past few days. It was really fun and it was great to get outta town. Below I have some fun dumb photos to share with you. Monday night was the big job interview, and it went well apart from me being very nervous and having a pimple on my head when I was trying to be mature and professional. I am not sure that I am going to get this dream job, because I think in contrast to other applicants I am a lot younger and less experienced. I am really stoked to have been shortlisted for an interview, and if I don't get the job that's achievement enough for me, for now.

I ate so many Kinder Surprises in Adelaide, they are just so delicious and I am totally addicted to them it is a problem. Ah anyway on to photos, just boring ones from my phone but evidence of the rendezvous nonetheless. 

This was me after getting all dolled up for my interview. I wanted to act much older than I am so worldly experience oozed out of me. Instead I had a pimple on my forehead which really sort of cancelled those illusions out. 
We came across this 'Giant Koala' on the first day of our trip. It is the single ugliest, poorly made contraption I've ever seen, but I loved it. My Dad did too, asking the lady if it made noise at night. It doesn't, but it's eyes do light up red. Not creepy at all!
These babies were in the Horsham Botanical Gardens
This was one of my favourite things from the trip. It is a Scout Hall in Dimboola, a really tiny country town. It hadn't changed since the 60s and still had this very 'Moonrise Kingdom' sign out the front. I couldn't resist the photo opportunity. 
A beautiful Lotus pond at the Adelaide Botanical Gardens. It was 42 degrees when this photo was taken hence the pose
When I got home my Rookie Calendar had finally arrived so I was happy. My drawings are June and December! Hooray!
When we were driving for long times I listened to Linda Ronstadt and Glen Campbell and other great road trippy stuff. I made a playlist, download here:

1. Ramblin' Man - Hank Williams
2. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves - Cher
3. Hurt So Bad - Linda Ronstadt
4. Try A Little Kindness - Glen Campbell
5. Matrimony - Gilbert O'Sullivan
6. Honky Tonk Girl - Loretta Lynn
7. Street Boy - Rodriguez
8. Poor Poor Pitiful Me - Linda Ronstadt

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sweet City Woman

Today my Mum and I went to the Camberwell market. I bought the above 70s swap cards and the really old (Victorian?) Valentines Day card, which is amazing. Okay, yes, the angel's face is pretty bizarre, but it's all embossed and the colours are to die for. Also, who is Stuart? Who is Dewey? What is 'Dewey' an abbreviation of? (If anything?) These are all valid questions but it is pretty safe to say, they will probably never have scientifically proven answers. I think that's what I like about stuff like this. I can make it up and conjure up my own sentimental stories and values and never have them disproved or poo pooed. Anyway, back to conducting mock job interviews in my head.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Make It With You

I really should stop being lazy and actually write something here, hey. I am full on in holiday mode. Like today I went out and bought four different nail polishes and painted my nails in the afternoon while watching Judge Judy which I really enjoy. One of the types of nail polishes is a pearlescent, sort of iridescent colour which is amazing. It's like an opal and shines purples, pinks, blues and greens in different light. I bought a new Iphone cover that changes colour in sunlight, and one that has a holographic butterfly on it, which I plan on alternating between obviously. Uh I also ate a Kinder Surprise WHICH I JUST REMEMBERED, I FORGOT TO OPEN THE TOY, MAN, BRB. It's a robot and I'm not going to lie it will be going straight in the bin, its purpose to life has already been fulfilled really. I went to Savers too and got great stuff, which I hung up on coat hangers in my newly cleaned room. Right now, I'm kicking back listening to 'Make It With You' by Bread which is as relaxing as it sounds.

That is my boring life which I am reveling in because I know it is not going to last for long. I am back in the office at Art Guide tomorrow to be reunited with my *OWN DESK* that I talked about before. Next week I have a job interview that I am like really, really, really dead set on acing because I want the job really badly because it is absolutely perfect so I am actually very nervous and have actually been conducting mock interviews in my head at night instead of going to sleep which is probably more problematic than beneficial to me getting this job. I have to admit to a really strong competitive streak that comes out when something I really really want comes along and I'm not sure if it is a help or a hinderance! Alas only time will tell. Cross your fingers for me even though I don't know if I believe that will really make any difference at all you know but I do agree the sentiment is lovely.

This book I got today is a '70s book on '20s art deco! It's an amazing time warp. I also got the fabric that's underneath. I am so so desperate to start a painting now, I've been lurking so much art on the internet. All of the below paintings are by Sydney based artist Greg Hodge. I absolutely love them and again my toes are twiddling.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Monday, January 7, 2013

Bad Moon Rising

I'm thinking about: 

"Absent expressions and telepathic digressions"

I haven't felt like writing poems in a really long time. At the moment, with these largely vacant blocks of time on my hands, I feel like I should feel like writing poems, but I just don't. I'm sort of being really practical in my romanticizing of things, and kind of catching myself out before I begin. This is both good and bad for the same reason; that I stop myself from getting carried away. Getting carried away is great creatively, not so great emotionally. 

I've been endeavoring to stay engaged with art and if I'm not making I'm thinking about things and getting inspiration. Above are some images I've hoarded lately, I am thinking a lot about those purely unselfconscious absent expressions that you occasionally catch someone in the midst of. They're great because it's like they've left their physical body or something and I like to wonder where they are.

I feel a painting coming on. I was looking at Keltie Ferris's work today and getting to eager to start a large work. Here are some for you to enjoy... so dreamy!