Monday, September 30, 2013

Holiday / the longest weekend ever

On Friday morning Georgie and I flew up to sunny Sydney for our little weekend getaway and performance with Pamela at Darren Knight Gallery. I managed to finish all the things I was supposed to do before I went, which was a miracle, and was able to have a little bit of time off from work stuff to just hang out and be silly and eat junk food. I had a great time.

When we arrived on Friday we took the train to Kings Cross where we were staying. I booked a small hotel room for us and we checked in. I'm a bit of a snob when it comes to accommodation and this place, that of course looked small but okay in the pictures on the 'Wotif' website, was terrible! We had to enter around the back of the hotel, through the FIRE ESCAPE, and the bathroom was in a cupboard and the toilet was literally underneath the shower. The tiles were flaking off and there was a hole in the roof that was mended with some brown contact stuck over it. To reach reception, we had to dial 9 from the room phone. There was no room phone! The luxurious TV was perched in the corner of the ceiling above the door, so watching it made me feel like I was in hospital! I took much pleasure in laying back on the bed and saying stuff like "Ah, this is the life!", and like, "Just relaxing in the lap of luxury" .. you know. So funny.

A picture Georgie took of our shower head in the hotel room, or rather, the hole in the roof. Isn't the mould charming!
After we got over the initial shock of this sub-par hotel room that we paid a reasonable amount of money for, we found it very funny, and I kind of have a fondness for it because it was so hilariously bad. However, we decided to spend as little time there as possible, so we headed out for some pasta for lunch and to have a look at a gallery, then had a mini picnic in a beautiful sunny park by the water.

Alaska Projects was closed :( It's a cool gallery space in a carpark! 
Hibiscus! 

In an Op Shop in Potts Point
I love those mirrors! This is in an Op Shop
That night, we got ready and went to Art Bar at the Museum of Contemporary Art with Jon Campbell and his family. We got free tickets because we'd performed there last year, so that was a bonus! The fire alarm went off at like, 7.30pm, and everyone was evacuated. There wasn't really a fire, and for our trouble they offered free drinks for a short amount of time. Georgie managed to get a free one without getting marked off, so she went back and sneaked more and it was funny. The Art Bar was curated by the artists who are a part of the Primavera exhibition, and the theme was 'awkward prom'. The balcony rooftop part of the MCA is so great, you look out on the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. It's beautiful!






People all wearing black looking at Jess Johnson's work!
Thomas Jeppe
I love the Coke sign in Kings Cross
Coke sign 
A Cheeseburger and swollen feet from heels after Art bar! SO LUXE.
On Saturday morning we went to the Paddington Markets, which were kind of disappointing. They didn't have any second hand stuff or anything which is what I was most interested in! There were a few Op Shops on the way though which were cool!

Breakfast time! I'll say it again, SO LUXE
Sunny sights while walking to Paddington
Beautiful bouganvilla!
My absolute favourite sign in the Cross 'The World Famous Love Machine'. SO GOOD!
On Saturday afternoon we went to meet up with Jon for a quick rehearsal before his opening at Darren Knight Gallery, where we were to perform! At 4pm we headed to the gallery in Waterloo in a taxi :)

Jon Campbell

Jon Campbell

MY FAVOURITE PAINTING in the show by Jon!
Singing!



After the opening came the best part of the weekend ever. We all went to a local pub and got chicken parmas. Although in Sydney they were called Parmigiano rather than Parmigiana, but the general idea was the same ;). DELICIOUS. Then Georgie and I went back to the Cross, determined to get some ice-cream from this shop that everyone was talking about called Messina. You would not believe the line at this place, I thought it was a night club. When we finally got to the front I ordered milk chocolate and peanut butter fudge ice cream, with berry and yoghurt ice-cream. Georgie got Passionfruit and salted caramel. IT WAS AMAZING. We went back up to our hotel room through the fire escape and ate it on our bed and laughed about stupid stuff. It was so fun! I haven't been silly like that in ages. I had the best weekend.


Me and George eating ice-cream and before art bar!

Then, on Sunday morning it was home time! We had an early flight out and got in to Melbourne about 12noon. While we were waiting to board the flight we used those hilarious massage chairs that you pay $2 for. SO FUNNY. Last time we were in Sydney we did the same thing at the airport - Georgie is great because she's like "what the hell" and is really into it, whereas I'm like omg people are looking at me - but I'm totally over that and love those massage chairs now! haha! They even massage your calves! Get on it!




Sunday the 29th was Louis' birthday! So as soon as I got home from the airport (after a little nap...) I baked a cake for him!


Then I got all glammed up and headed into Fitzroy for a birthday dinner with everyone! We went to The Commoner on Johnston Street which is super super fancy. I drunk nice wine (!) and people around me ate oysters (I don't like Oysters but appreciate that they are fancy!) I felt like such an adult. I wore a black silk dress and really felt grown up. Louis turned 23 and I will be next on the 29th of November. Can't believe it - I won't be able to sing Taylor Swift's '22' anymore in like 2 months so I should definitely make the most of it. I have issues with getting older, I feel like every birthday signifies more responsibilities, more commitments, getting further away from being able to ask your parents for help or advice or something. Time goes by so quickly!



Louis and I got a cab back to his place in Footscray and laughed and talked about the night. The bill totaled over $1000, can you believe that!? It's the biggest bill I've ever seen in my whole life! Crazy! Won't be doing that for a while now...!

Above is a picture of some of the cards Louis got that he put on his windowsill. I gave him the one with H.G Wells. :) Tomorrow I have another 'photoshoot' in my studio! So I have to get my 'beauty sleep', and beauty sleep means watching the Simpsons till really late! I am glad to be home after a massive extended grown up weekend. I honestly think this is my longest post ever! :O Thanks for reading. X


Tuesday, September 24, 2013

I used to go to art school

Today was a big day. I had some people over to my house from the NGV Magazine (can I say that? I sure hope so!) for an interview and photo shoot! I legitimately can't believe that people from the NGV were interested in my practice, and this acknowledgement is the biggest validation of myself as an artist that I've ever had. It was largely thanks to Georgia Jones, a friend of mine, who is as a writer for the NGV Magazine that is being redeveloped by a new editor to include more profiles, interviews and photo shoots of artists and their studios, which is fantastic and really exciting! I feel really lucky to have had this opportunity.

I was astounded that these important and intelligent people had written pages of notes and questions to ask and discuss with me. This is not false modesty - I just hadn't realised that people considered my blog and opinions and stuff as a really legitimate facet of my practice. They were so well researched and I can't believe I have had this opportunity to discuss my thoughts, ideas, and opinions for publication! We spoke for about an hour and a half, and I was all hoarse afterwards because I like never talk to anyone - but I really felt like it was the best interview I'd ever done, I was comfortable because I was in my own home, and the questions were perfect and I got to speak about everything from Woody Allen writing strong female characters like Annie Hall to my opinions on why I have an affinity with the '60s and '70s and everything everything EVERYTHING in between. It was such a fantastic experience for me and I'm so glad it's ended with me feeling excited and really positive.

The article and photos and stuff will be coming out in January of 2014. I will be sure to remind you when it's coming out, ha, so don't worry!

Other stuff that's going on - This weekend I'm going to Sydney with Pamela to perform at Jon's opening at Darren Knight Gallery. I'm really looking forward to it. I love our little getaways to Sydney, they're so fun - Georgie and I get to hang out and share a tiny hilarious hotel room together and eat junk food and laugh at stupid stuff. Woo hoo!

I've been working on lots of drawing stuff at home I guess, and also I gave myself a haircut the other day which I like. It's a fair bit shorter than what I've had lately but nothing too drastic. Here are some pictures from the past few days-ish. Oldest to newest ;)

Carnival folk in the process of setting up the Diamond Creek "Town Fair"
Good shoe and sock combo on my way to work
I cleaned my room for the NGV people and organized my junky knick knack stuff
Some of the girls at Knight Street bought these little fishes. This is them after we played poker on Sunday night
My 'clean' desk with flowers from Mum
Short hair don't care also just a side note I am wearing a top here but it is strapless okay
I actually have these funny pics from my phone too:

This is my dog Soda looking at me because he wanted some quiche. He jumped all over the NGV people so he was banished to outside.
Someone left like a retainer on the train and Louis and I had to sit next to it and then I got to play my favourite game which was like how much money would you have to be paid to wear this retainer for 15 minutes and I said $20,000 and Louis said 1 million
This is a funny picture because I went to Zara (?) because I saw this skirt in the window it is like gold leather and really cool and then I had to ask for my size and it took forever and they had one left and I lined up and tried it on and it was perfect and I really liked it but then I saw on the back the leather was like ripped in this place and I told the lady to see if she could find another one in my size but there was none left and then she said she couldn't sell me this one because it was damaged so I wasted like half an hour deliberating over this skirt and then I couldn't even buy it the end this is my life people.
Selfie after the interview today - thought I should document the moment. Look at the top I'm wearing (!) yay!
Okay I have to end on this because I'm obsessed with it. It's Solange's new single 'Lovers in the Parking Lot' - it's super catchy and the film clip is amazing she has like pink leather hot pants they are so cool!!! :D

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Compartmentalizing

I have felt so unproductive this week! I hate it! I need to be more regimented with my life and set time to do specific things and then do them. I dunno. It's hard with work and I always seem to have random pressing things to do when I get home that take priority over other stuff, blah. Boring, and I just gotta get my shit together. I find myself fantasizing about having days on end with nothing on. I think I would make some really good work if I had nothing on. I haven't felt creative in a personal way at all lately. I love doing Rookie work and other illustration work obviously, otherwise I wouldn't do it, but I need a balance of unstructured creative time as well as working to briefs and stuff. For some reason I haven't had that for a while now and I need to make it happen. I was watching a Woody Allen doco the other day and all these people were saying how he had this amazing ability to compartmentalize, which means to like put different parts of your life into boxes and unpack them and deal with the contents at different times. I would love this ability so much - my whole self is every part of me at the one time. I can't turn stuff off and on that readily. I think I would be so much more productive if I could compartmentalize like Woody.

Anywho, here is an illustration/collage I did to accompany an interview with Kathleen Hanna on Rookie Mag:


And, guess what? Dreams do come true - the Romance was Born top came into my life and I couldn't be happier. I love it so so much and I can't wait for an occasion special enough to wear it, haha! You may also notice some Swedish Hasbeens in the corner which I got online (on sale don't worry) and I love them! Ah! I never buy blue stuff but hey here you go. Blue Jasmine influence? haha.


Oh and yeah! I also bought a new rug for my room from Ikea! I have never had a rug actually and I really like it! My room looks (sort of) like an adult room now it's amazing. YAY. I like how it looks like fake grass. Ha ha, after reading this post you're thinking hey I know why you haven't been productive this week you've just been buying new stuff..! Hmm this could be my problem. Again in regards to the compartmentalizing I consider all of these purchases part of my 'practice' you know, nothing can be separate with me! Life imitates art n stufffff could not be truer with me.

WAIT also this is the last thing this is Annabelle playing as Waterfall Person at Centre for Style in the city. How amazing is her outfit! It was such a good performance.

Waterfall person!
Waterfall person groupies (wet from the rain) Picture by Heather Lighton for the Thousands! :)
There were other performers and we ended up staying to watch everyone else. It was mostly a bunch of immaculately dressed fashion students who looked amazing. It was cool to 'observe' another scene that isn't the art school scene but probably it's closest relative or whatever, ha. A girl who called herself KT Spit played a bit later on and I Googled today cause I am a creep and she has this amazing video clip on Youtube! Check it out!



It's kool n catchy!

Okay I'm really going now.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Get Low

Made this collage yesterday and weirdly it really fits with this post!


Last night, I, Minna Gilligan, went clubbing. Well I went to one club - I feel using 'clubbing' as a verb sort of implies you went to multiple clubs? Or, is 'clubbing' just the act of being at a club, dancing and drinking and stuff? I'm not totally sure. Anyway, it was my friend Therese's birthday and I've been friends with her since I was 12 no joke. She goes out to clubs all the time and invited me to come along with the stipulation like "you don't have to come!" but I wanted to go because she is my very good friend and it was her birthday and just because it's "not my scene" which sounds totally snobby, you gotta suck it up and you might actually surprise yourself and have a good time!

I have to say, and this is weird - but I was nervous? I mean I get nervous for pretty much every single social thing I do or actually just leaving the house you know but I was actually feeling really self-conscious about what I should wear and how I should do my hair and stuff! I ended up going with a plain black and navy silk dress I got from Gorman and my Alpha60 Daria shoes. A kind of inconspicuous outfit which is what I felt like wearing. I also wore my plastic blue hoop earrings.

The club we went to was called CQ and it is in the city on Queen Street I think. They play like songs like 'Blurred Lines' or whatever so I knew some of the music! (phew!) I was fascinated by the people there. You all know that I live in my 'own world' - in a most extreme way now that I don't go to high school anymore. If I 'go out' it's to an exhibition opening, a small party hosted by one of my friends, or a dinner of Japanese or African food. My world is very small and intimate fostered by close friendships mainly with VCA graduates or similar. It's easy to forget sometimes that there are other worlds out there, and they're usually a lot bigger than my little bubble, and I found it really interesting to be a part of someone else's world for a night.

I felt pretty self conscious with what I was wearing and my hair wasn't perfectly straightened or curled it was just like kind of frizzy as usual. Everyone there was immaculately groomed. All of the girls wore tight clothing and long spindly heels - they drink vodka and raspberry and 'the guys' (who, mind you, STUNK of cheap deodorant! I hadn't experienced that in FOREVER) drink beer. People have roles to play. It seemed very ordered in a sense of what people do there. It's mostly girls on the dancefloor early in the night, then a few creepy 'grabby' guys filter on there. Lots of girls were encouraging the random grabby behavior by responding to it positively which seems problematic to me. I just felt like yelling at any guy who did anything like that to me or my friend. Some girls there read that inexcusable behavior as a compliment which is so skewed. But this is me, purely as an outsider in this world so I'm supposed to be just observing.

I didn't have a bad night at all - one particular moment when we were all dancing to 'Get Low' by, ah, Lil Jon and the Eastside Boys (of course) I had serious flashback moments. That song was played at every Eclipse (underage disco), Sweet 16th, and 'parents-are-away party' we went to. We'd *grind* to the best of our prepubescent ability (or my prepubescent ability - I was a late bloomer) and it was fun and super super innocent or something. Dancing to the same song now with the same girls a good 8 years later was SO weird. It felt exactly like high school and I remembered when I was at the Eclipse when I was 13 and really not having a worry in the world except if a particular boy was going to be there and if my hair was straight enough. It was okay because Dad would be there to pick us up at 10pm and for a couple of hours we were free to laugh and run around in our intensely planned outfits bought from Supré and dance in a lil circle around each other scream yelling the lyrics to every song.

Often I think there's a difference between being nostalgic for something and missing something. Nostalgia is remembering something fondly often through rose tinted glasses - missing something is really wanting to physically be transported back to that place and time then realizing the impossibility of this and crying face down on your bed. I feel high-pitched sigh-inducing nostalgia for those teen dream times but I certainly don't miss them. It was nice to have a little reminder last night, but I was also reminded of the feeling I always had in high school that was heightened after I got home from some party - particularly as I got to be 17 and 18 - and it was a feeling that something was missing. I was never truly satisfied with grinding to 'Get Low' and then going home. It wasn't for me which is why I went to Art School or whatever. Now I love that I can have these friendships with ma girls from high school and also feel like I am who I am. 'Get Low' (aside from its sexist lyrics) is fine in moderation - but personally I needed something else too and I'm glad that now I know what that was.