Archives for category: Short-listed works


Have improved a few of my earlier movies.
Now that I have the technical side worked out will try and show a few more of my pieces in motion.

Click on a photo to see the animation on it’s own.


‘A vicarious milestone’ as part of the Togart 12 exhibition on in Darwin at the Chan Contemporary Art Space until the 13th of October.

Catalogue of the show is on line here.

Also on my blog are close ups photos of the work, movies of it moving, and ‘in progress’ images of the making of: Kim, the crocodiles (earlier and almost complete) and the bases.

A couple of weeks ago I received 100 of these postcards courtesy of Linden Gallery. If anyone would like one, let me know your mailing address (my email address is under ‘contacts’). Already have a few address from people who are keen, so will try and get these in the post before Easter.

The Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts’ annual postcard show opened on Saturday. There was a great turn out and over 1800 pieces, from about 1600 artists on display.

The prizes were also announced and I am very proud to report that my ‘itty bitty kitty machine‘ was awarded one of the 6 postcard awards. Expect to see tiny kittens made from metcards on postcards across Melbourne later this year. I will recieve 100, so if you are not in Melbourne (or want to make sure you get one) let me know and I will mail them once they are printed.

Also in the exhibition is the prototype ‘lucky cat’ from my Cats and Mice show last year at Red Gallery. The post card show runs untill the 26th of March and is well worth the visit. Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts is at 26 Acland St, St Kilda.

The catalogue for last year’s Togart awards is now on-line.

Here are a few  of my favourite pieces including the winning work by Chips Mackinolty, who donated his winnings to a handfull of live music venues in the Northern Territory. There were lots of great entries and the catalogue is well worth a browse. Included is my work ‘For the Love of Shoes…‘.


After a brief hiatus I am back in the studio.

Am working towards a new show in early February and will post some images of how that is going soon. In the interum I have pieces from earlier this year in a couple of group shows. My feet shoes (For the love of shoes…) will be exhibited in the Brunswick Street Gallery’s Small Works Prize 2010. The show opens Friday 10th December, 6pm. The gallery is located upstairs at 322 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.  See for more information.

Also the ‘itty bitty kitty machine’ and one of the ‘lucky cat’ statuettes are included in the Linden Gallery’s post card show early next year. This show opens 1pm-5pm Saturday 5 February 2011. The Linden gallery is situated at 26 Acland Street, St Kilda. See for more information.

My work ‘Heading home (for Mum’s birthday)‘ has been selected for this year’s BSG General Art Prize. The piece was exhbitied as a part of last year’s Togart awards however this is the first time it will be exhibited in Melbourne.

The winners are announced at the opening this Friday (10th Sept) and all are welcome.

For more information see the Brunswick Street Gallery website.

For anyone in Darwin, the Togart 2010 exhbition opened last week.

It is in the newly developed Chan building opposite parliament house. The exhibition includes a diverse selection of indigenous, traditional and contemporary works including my piece ‘For the love of shoes…‘ .

What happened while I wasn’t looking?

Suddenly my whole family are selling shoes.

I don’t much like shoes.

I don’t mind my feet.

They are flat and fat and hairy and strange. They keep me from falling over (most of the time) and they are a good endpoint for my legs. Unfortunately most shoes make them hurt or blister or smell.

Mine are feet for wiggling in the sand not mincing 6 inches from the ground.

My feet make it hard to understand the vocational choices around me.

But, ugly and proud up on their podium, these odd feet-shoes celebrate the gumption and nerve needed to pursue something new.

This work has been short-listed in the upcoming Togart 10 Contemporary Art Award.

Photos by Erica Lauthier

From ‘The AGE’ 16 June, 2010

This work has been short-listed in the upcoming Togart 10 Contemporary Art Award.

The exhibition will be held in Darwin for 5 weeks from early September. The venue is about to be announced.

Photos of my dream feet shoes in progress.

The soles pattern is from my birkenstocks which were the only shoes I wore until my family started on their current shoe-shop preoccupation.

This piece was short-listed for the BSG Prize 09 and was also exhibited at the Sydney Opera House as a part of the Avant CardWe love 3D‘ program.

Blanketed in their endorsed skins this odd couple are united as members of one tribe; an odd-ball gang; a strange aquatic squad. Instead of individual details of claws, fins, lips, wheels and heads one sees amorphous colour and pattern.

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I share a house with a lot of fish and a turtle called Spencer.

A while ago Spencer was run over after she’d escaped from the pond. It was summer, it was hot and our turtle was looking for love. Luckily she was found and taken to the vet who wired togther her shell. Spencer then had to spend 8 months recovering in a hospital tank in our lounge room. This gave me plenty of time to model her.

This work was short-listed in the Togart 09 Contemporary Art Award.

This small scale cardboard sculpture depicts one of my most treasured experiences.

This memory combines nostalgia, a love of the emptiness of Australia and an easy, sisterly companionship.

It also involves my car.

My car, a 1964 Ford Falcon XM sedan, is a dream of chrome and stream-lining but it is old and it is slow.

In 2000, in an episode of defiance, against good sense, distance and physics, my sister and I drove this car across Australia and back to surprise our mum for her 50th birthday. As kids our family would regularly make the trek up and down the Stuart Highway. These early trips were about speed and getting to our destination. We were car bound for 15 hours a day; meals were prepacked and toilet stops timed to coincide with refuelling. My sister and I were well trained in efficient road travel.

My car was not.

The old engine and small radiator meant we motored at a gentle 50 mile /hr and, every 3 – 4 hours, the car needed to cool down. So, a couple of times a day, with a thermos of coffee and a couple of camping chairs, we waited. In the vast, red, empty space we waited like grand dames of the interior. With the bonnet popped, on the side of the road we were characters in our own Merchant Ivory production.

With a different car, the mood might have been ‘Mad Max’ or ‘Vanishing Point’ or there may have been no need to stop in the middle of nowhere at all.

Some of these photos are by Erica Lauthier.

For Togart 09 catalogues click here

I have an old 1964 ford falcon XM which I love.

I don’t drive it much because it is heavy and slow and never quite recovered from being driven from Melbourne to Darwin (via Adelaide twice and the Eyre Peninsula) and back again.

For a long time I have wanted to model it in cardboard.