Collage

The collages are a selection of writings, drawings, fabrics, and found objects. This bundled confusion of objects represents my concept by grouping together scraps of different roles, attitudes and ideals of sexuality in society. It is made up of fabrics representing masculine and feminine, garments with sexual appeal, advertising images, my own drawings and samples I have made in attempt to represent my concept. These are working photos of my 3 collages.

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Love From Japan….

September last year i went on a trip connected with the Australian National University School of Art to Japan. We stayed at the Kyoto Seika University in Kyoto for two and a half weeks during the University’s mid semester break and spent a few days in Tokyo, visiting museums, galleries, temples, shrines, markets, local artists and did lots of shopping šŸ™‚ The 20 students had an amazing time and decided to create and exhibition based on our experiences from the trip. The exhibition was called “Love from Japan…” we had a large range of mediums, as the students were from all different workshops within the School of Art. I put in 3 pieces in the exhibition, “Meditation” a three paneled tapestry made from raw Japanese silk, wool and cotton, the images were derived from drawings i had done after meditating. “Vending Machine” is a installation made from electrical tape and photographs of vending machine. I used electrical tape to make a vending machine on the wall with the photos of vending machines as the product inside the machine. The final piece was called “Puri Kura Dreaming”. Puri Kura is the name of the the sticker photos machines you find everywhere in Japan, Holly Gordon and I had a collection of Puri Kura photos so we made a collage. I loved the exhibition, it was fun and a great collaboration, which is how exhibitions should be.

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Tie Photos 2

I took some more photos of my ties on two differnet models, this time a created an enviroment and a context for the tie. I think in these photos, the tie adds to the personality to the scene and creates a distinct dialog.

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“Lightweight?” Exhibition, Dunedin.

For the past week I have been in Dunedin, New Zealand, helping set up an exhibition in association with the Dunedin Otago Polytechnic and the Australian National University School of Art. The Exhibition was named “Lightweight?”, which made reference to the weight and size limitations of the art pieces do to travel. Recent graduates, current 3rd year students and lecturers all participated in the exhibition, creating a total of 50 textile artists and pieces! I travelled over with two other students and two lecturers, we were billeted out (so very high school!) into a family of one of the students at the Otago Polytechnic. I believe that staying with such a wonderful family really made the trip, however we did learn a lot about setting up an exhibition and the nuts and bolts behind the organising process. Visiting another art school was also a valuable, I believe Art Schools have the same pros and cons everywhere and it’s refreshing to see that all Art institutions have the same problems.
We had an interesting talk from the owner of the Salisbury Gallery, a private and commercial gallery, which was interesting to compare to how a public Art Gallery is run. Much more profit driven, which I suppose is to be expected.

I had a quick look at this website before I left and it gave me a better idea of what to expect. It also had some very useful links to main attractions and Art and Craft Galleries.

Dunedin, New Zealand was cold (top of 13 degrees), scenic (so much green, hills and ocean), had a brillaint art life (especially sculpture and installations), great local beer (Speight’s) and a hilarious rivarly (oh, Australia, you mean that little island to the west?)