Excited to be chosen as a finalist in this year’s Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize (MCAP). My six tiny collage objects Roberta Reconciles were installed in a room at the Chrissie Cotter Gallery (Camperdown) with some intricate and delicately crafted pieces.
The MCAP is an initiative of At The Vanishing Point (Newtown), and is officially part of The Sydney Fringe Festival this year.
Exhibition runs until 19 September.
Feeling very privileged to be chosen for the PICA (Perth Institute of Contemporary Art) Hatched exhibition this year – an annual showcase of selected works from art colleges all around Australia.
Carol was carefully packaged up in a giant Raider’s of the Lost Ark style crate by the good marketing people at Sydney College of the Arts, and shipped to the other side of Australia.
I did not make my way over in a crate, but arrived in one piece just the same. With husband in tow, we took PICA up on their kind offer of an insider art tour of Perth, discovered some of the city’s most secretive small bars and attended the main event: Hatched opening night.
The populace of Perth must have shown up that night too, as PICA’s substantial gallery spaces and corridors writhed with people. This did nothing to quell my opening night stage fright which manifested itself in a stand-off situation with my designated name tag. Several sparkling wines later, I managed to give in to the intensity and slapped on the giant sticker. As a good friend of mine always says on nights like these “It’s showtime!”
For more information on the show including press and artist bios, check out PICA’s website.
Beyond excited to have my work No Junk Mail exhibited in The Marrickville Contemporary Art Prize (MCAP) this year. The series of 30 cards is the result of documenting the seemingly mundane contents of my mail box every day for 30 days.
Every afternoon I faithfully photographed both the shapes of the mail within my letterbox as I found them, along with the textures of each stack. I then used a design program to create outlines from the abstract shapes and place the mail textures within each shape, before printing out a colour photocopy using a very specific kind of toner. This was all in order to transfer the digital collages onto beautiful textured card by hand.
The transfer process involved some fairly noxious acetone and a lot of elbow grease as each copy was drenched with the chemical and burnished within an inch of its life! The final images have a delicacy and incompleteness about them belying their labour intensive process. The cards seem a world away from their lowly junk mail origins as loud, brash, irritating commercialised qualities dissolve into an elevated ethereal aesthetic.
On display until 28 September at ATVP, Newtown.