A quarter of the way through this year, I decided that it was about time I took some actual art classes. Since, clearly, I was doing visual art, it made sense to learn something about it. I chose my teacher by (relatively) slapstick accident. I met Karen Nield through a ‘speed dating’ event run by Monash council for artists and arts workers. While I’ve continued working with sand, I’ve been working with other mediums in Karen’s studio once a week. In particular, I’ve settled on using white charcoal and pastel on black cardboard. The technique is the closest I could get to the kind of head-space that the sand art forces me into – the way light works, the way shadows are achieved, where the focus is.
The theme has been the 18-month sojourn in the Solomon Islands. The time has been on my mind and I haven’t really found ways to celebrate the experience on the projector, the pace has just been too small.
And so, with Karen, I have been exploring my favourite photos as well as my favourite memories – the ones I wasn’t able to capture. And that has been a total joy.
And so… It looks like I’m getting enough work together for an exhibition… Wow. That will be an experience. Stay tuned.