Apologies (again)

[This post is 100% authentic news. No ads, no teenage ghostwriter.]

It’s so hard to keep a social media presence.

My last post here at artistpractice.com was nearly 12 months ago.

I barely look at Facebook. My other blogs languish and I have just started on Instagram, but I gather it’s important to post regularly to Instagram and I struggle with that a bit too. I watch the IG posts of those people I follow and I don’t get how they have the time and energy to post as much as they do, as well as like and comment on each other’s.

What I do understand is that social media is for marketing. I sell stuff but I’m lucky not to have to sell stuff.

So, apologies (again) for getting lost for a while and not using this blog for it’s real purpose—which is to diarise my process and to provide (myself with) clarity of thoughts and ideas.

I’ve finally moved the yarn aside a bit so that I can get messy and smell the turps again. Small steps, literally, in the form of some tiny paintings and some focused work on finishing some of the half-arsed, half-finished stack of canvases. Below are some of the tiny paintings. I guess you could call them pretty and yes, they are very tentative. I’m working on ‘gesture’ and with speed, and my aim is to translate some newfound confidence in making marks back onto a larger scale.

Fake news constructed by Macedonian teenagers is just the tip of the iceberg in the ghetto of social media. Trust me though, because even if I only post twice a year you can be sure it’s the truth!

There’s been a little complication with my complication

‘There’s been a little complication with my complication’—a line from my favourite movie Brazil—describes how things are at the moment I haven’t been here (at artistpractice) for a while. Our renovations meant that my studio was under siege for months. I have only just managed to get it back in order to work in there.

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Studio reset/refreshed!

While I was unable to paint I knitted up a storm—blankets, beanies, scarves, cowls—and my knits went crazy for stripes, chevrons and plaid.

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I am completely mad for plaid (Japanese schoolkids sporting plaid). Image by rumple teaser

I thought more about my ‘Finger in too many pies’ problem and realised that it isn’t going away so I started a new blog at toomanypies.com (starting a new blog to solve the issue of always looking for ‘new’ makes sense doesn’t it?). Yes, to me it makes sense to move all my other pies [the knitting, stuff about daily life, philosophical ponderings, the politics, and the gripes about education] to another place so that this blog just concentrates on artmaking practice—mine and others’.

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Love you to visit my new blog!

Speaking of artmaking practice, I was inspired by my clever nephew to think about doing some writing about the practice of other artists. My nephew has just recently done his HSC and we did some work together ahead of his visual arts exam. I haven’t taught this particular syllabus but the level of language and conceptual understanding of artmaking practice required of students was fascinating to me. I thought it would be interesting to do some blog posts here that look at the material and conceptual practice of artists.

So back to my statement ‘there’s been a little complication with my complication’. My own artmaking hasn’t diminished, I have just stepped sideways and have been exploring image-making and materials in a different way for a little while. I can now embrace the craziness of the runaway lateral thoughts.

I can deal simultaneously with multiple needy ideas. I’ve always thought that there has to be a connection between all these interests and explorations and ideas. There may well be some beauty in this intricate weave.