Tuesday, June 25, 2013

We run things things don't run we

I haven't posted in so long but I didn't mean it to be that way! The whole 'I don't have enough time' thing still rings true, hence the silence. Don't worry though, I just bought Miley Cyrus' new single Can't Stop, and I am OBSESSED with it, so I figure this will increase productivity. I've also been listening to Taylor Swift and I can finally say that I get it, she's cool.

Today I was waiting for the train at Parliament station drinking an Up & Go and there was a mouse innocently sniffing around on the platform. I found it really entertaining. On Saturday my show was reviewed by Dan Rule in The Age, which was pretty exciting! You can read the review below.

I went to Savers on Sunday morning in a desperate attempt to find some fabric or SOMETHING for a work I have to make. No luck. But I did get some other stuff I didn't need which is always useful.

This afternoon Pamela performed on Channel G, which was very exciting. We squeezed a rehursal in in the afternoon then went straight to the studio at Westspace. Sean People's set it up, and I just love it. He said it was inspired by like last '90s early '00s MTV shows and stuff. It's awesome. Jon, Georgie and I made two letters each, to spell out PAMELA on the wall. Below is a picture of Jon installing them. Then we played! I will have a video of the performance at some point so I will post it.

I am working on a painting at the moment to go in PICA Salon at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. Below is the background image I will be working over. I found it in a '70s book on 'special effects' photography, and it's an image of foil with coloured lights shining on it. I altered the colours in photoshop and bit and this was the end result. I love it! I think it will make a really wild painting.

I think that's it for now, just trying to keep my eyes open. Can't Stop plays for the millionth time.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Fire and Rain

My illustration for Tavi's interview with Sofia Coppola on Rookie Mag!
Hello, is it me you're looking for?
Nicole Breedon at Chapter House Lane
Orchids for Bree
Above; "stuff" from the past few days. So privileged and excited to illustrate Tavi's interview with Sofia Coppola for Rookie Mag. Yeehaw! Read it here: http://rookiemag.com/2013/06/sofia-coppola-interview/

Right now I am actually asleep I think, because I am so tired. Last night Louis showed me his favourite movie ever and I fell asleep so I felt bad because I should have stayed awake through the end. I think I feel exhausted because I feel like I have not had any like 'alone time' in a really long time and I really hate not having alone time but then I feel like I am a bad person for feeling like that. I feel different around people than I do when I am by myself. This is strange because I am only just realizing that this is not normal? I guess I spent a lot of my teen time alone, which set a precedent for my young adulthood. Is it okay to want to be alone for a large majority of my time? Does it make me a bad person? Is it detrimental to who I am and who I want to be?

I wonder what would happen if I replied to all my emails immediately? I would probably have much less un-read message anxiety when logging into my account. I think my thing with 'alone time' has something to do with leaving emails for days at a time. I just need to have some alone time, with them.
If I was prompt and loose with my communication would I get more things done, would more opportunities arise? If I didn't have to have my alone time how many more relationships would I have had, how many more people would I have loved and perhaps lost. Would I be happy or sad. Would I feel more profoundly connected with those around me? I can only ever give so much before I stop. I've never gone over that precipice. I told you I was tired. Or asleep, whatever. This makes profound sense to a delirious me right now. I ain't winging, just wondering, by the way. Things are good because I am busy, but I always do crave being exactly where I am now, in a space where I'm probably the least alone person ever, but I can write as if I'm the only person in the world.

Monday, June 17, 2013

The Fairest of the Seasons

1. In A World of My Own - Alice in Wonderland (1951)
2. I Feel Free - Cream
3. Travel With Your Mind - The Seeds
4. Feel Flows - The Beach Boys
5. Why Do I Feel? - The Shaggs
6. The Fairest Of The Seasons - Nico
7. Dear Nellie Goodrich - Kaleidoscope
8. Just A Little Bit of Rain - Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Poneys
9. Dedicated to the One I Love - The Mamas and the Papas

I finally made this Feel Flows playlist. I'm glad I waited till now to make it, it ended up working out great because of that week or so of retrospect. I hope you like it! Recommended listening to while daydreaming with rain pounding on your roof, or in the rain daydreaming, or daydreaming of rain. The most ideal listening situation though is while looking at my current show at Daine Singer, which is still on until the 6th of July :D Here is an image of one of my the paintings from the show. This one is called These Days.

Today is an 'art day' and I have to make work. At the moment I'm working on a piece to go to the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art, for a show called PICA Salon, opening in July. I think I'm going to fly over there and attend the very fancy opening night. (Tickets are $1000! But I get to go for free which is only the most exciting thing ever!) I'm trying to manage my time successfully between my Art Guide work now, and I realize I have to utilize every minute so much more because I don't have that many to myself. Any leisure time I have is a luxury and I find it hard to relax as I probably have an email I haven't replied to for 50 years or a drawing to do or whatever or I'm so tired that I fall asleep in the afternoon, like a Nanna.

Today in the post I received a copy of Filmme Fatales, which is an amazing zine about women in cinema edited by my friend Brodie Lancaster. She is a real doll and asked me if I would like to do an illustration for this issue! There it is below. It accompanies an article by Kim Selling called Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now about Nikki Blonsky and Rebel Wilson. You should get a copy for yourself at http://www.filmmefatales.com ;)

I was also mucking around with some drawings today and started the couple below. I am making an Elvis collage (not finished) and working on a design for a competition thing I want to enter. The list of things I want/have to do is endless and often I feel like I don't know where to start, or I work on irrelevant things and I feel like I'm wasting my time. I guess practice makes perfect and I will get better at managing my hours, or I could get one of those time turner things that Hermoine has in Harry Potter so she can go to extra classes and I would be so prolific plus would be rich because I somehow gained access to a fictional magical object and would be able to sell rides on it or something.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Boss

Above is some Rookie stuff. I am so unable to string together a post tonight. Truth be told I'm watching The Devil Wears Prada on Channel 10, which I happen to have seen many times before. I find the further I get into this monstrosity the more I enjoy it, and subsequently the more brain cells I lose. I am of the perspective that Andrea's friends and boyfriend are terrible when they get angry at her for being dedicated to her new job and angry that she's into fashion like that has made her a 'bad' person because its concerned with one's outward appearance. I think that's really unfair. It's interesting because I watched The September Issue the other night which is the documentary about Anna Wintour and she said that her brother works as the political editor of The Guardian and that he didn't think 'much' of her job you know. Like it's frivolous, unimportant or unnecessary. I disagree for reasons I'm too tired to articulate, but for the same reason I know that art is necessary.

Winter is here. Trying to adjust my vibes and music taste and number of layers I wear when I go out. It's freezing and all I talk about to people is how cold it is and how cold I am and no-one else seems to be as cold as me so I think I need to get more clothes or thermals or something and a beanie. I've never had a beanie in my life but I'm going to get one and see how it goes. The end of this film is terrible how she throws her phone in the fountain. I mean no one does that unless of course you have, please let me know. I have lots of work to do but I'm analyzing the politics within The Devil Wears Prada. I didn't think I could reach these heights.

I haven't known what to post since my opening, so I haven't really posted anything. And now I posted this but it's so dumb and I can't quite believe it. Please expect bigger things next time. Miranda is the best character in the whole movie.

Monday, June 10, 2013


Okay phew that's alotta photos. Most of the ones up the top are taken by my friend Steph (her website is here) and a few are by my Aunt and my little sister. Joint effort.

Last night was just brilliant. I've never felt so much love and support in one room, it was overwhelming to say the least. I'm not an 'old hand' at my own solo openings yet, I've done two and this was my third, but at each one I feel cooler, calmer and more collected - more able to hold some sort of coherent conversation. Thank you to every single person who came to the opening, and of course those who have seen/will pop into see the show while it's up. I appreciate your interest and support monumentally so, you all make it so easy to do what I do, and you all make me feel that I can do much more within the realms of what I do. After last night I'm feeling more ambitious and driven than ever, easy when you know there are so many people behind you. I want to do so many things with my life and with art and after nights like last night I think that my most private, wild, dreamy daydreams for my 'career' are possible. So, thank you, so much!

Pamela's performance was very well received. Some of our audience even thought that our mistakes were purposefully orchestrated which in my opinion is the beauty of playing to a crowd who has been to art school. We're planning on doing some recording soon and perhaps releasing a small EP. This is something I'm really looking forward to. I love being able to incorporate my love for music and the 'melody' into my work in a very real, participatory way. I think the performance really loosened up the whole exhibition opening vibe, which is what I think is the most beautiful thing about it. Looking at people laughing and smiling at us was a really special thing, and I think made people feel much more at ease in their surroundings. The last thing I ever want my work to be is stiff, or cold, and I think having the performance at the opening really made this not the case.

The president of the Beach Boys fan club came to my show. This was probably pretty much the most exciting thing ever in my whole life. He was a little confused but I think impressed nonetheless that someone so young made a whole art show inspired by a relatively obscure Beach Boys song. I find it funny that older people are shocked when younger people have knowledge of or really love some old band, it's just like "HELLO, the INTERNET!" you know? Get with the program!

After the opening, me and the lovely hanger ons who happen to be my best friends, came out for some more drinks and some food at Thousand Pound Bend. My little sister gave me a huge packet of peanut butter M&Ms, and I also cracked those open for snacking. We laughed about stuff and baulked a the price of beer and wished we'd carried our unfinished ones from the gallery. We all think alike. It felt like about 3am when everyone decided to go their separate ways, even though it was much earlier. I went home and was really wired as I ate a bowl of cereal. As soon as my head hit the pillow though, I fell asleep. I dreamt SO WEIRDLY about other worlds, and about traveling to these other worlds in secret, and about getting there and not being able to come back. I woke up, had lunch and then went back to sleep until 6pm. I am totally, completely and utterly exhausted, but also totally, completely and utterly happy with 'Feel Flows', and at the fact that so many of you beautiful people experienced it.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Its tomorrow

I woke up at 6am this morning and said to myself "Its tomorrow", meaning that the opening is tomorrow, which it is. In about forty-five minutes the opening will be today.

I'm trying to get an early night but I'm super hyper! Here are some pictures of cool places I want to live in:

Secret news: Rookie Mag #2 is out in October! :D
This whole week I've been like "I can't wait till Friday cause I want to make a playlist on 8tracks for my blog called 'Feel Flows' and it's going to be like the soundtrack to my exhibition and it will be amazing", but to be totally honest with you I've been too exhausted to 'curate' something I think is decent, and thus far haven't stumbled across a song I feel is in the same sinister, haunting league as this Beach Boys one, AND, well, the past couple of days I've kind of just been listening to Tina Arena who happens to be my favourite. Maybe I'll name my next show after one of her songs. Anyway I'll make the aforementioned playlist happen when I get over this Sorrento Moon phase. In the meantime if you do live in Melbourne, and wanna come to my opening tomorrow, I would absolutely love to have you. Daine Singer Gallery is at 325 Flinders Lane. The opening tomorrow is from 3pm-5pm and Pamela is performing at 3.30pm. Free dranks and I'll be wearing a pretty wild outfit. If you're a reader and want to come but feel like it could be weird, trust me and let your feels flow away cause it won't be weird, I'd love to meet you, and talk to you, and make a fool outta myself. Thanks for listening to my endless rants of promotion. BIG love to you all!