What do you like to rub all over yourself?

It’s a strange question to ask, ‘What do you like to rub all over yourself?’ but it’s a far better one than ‘What inspires you?’. There’s nothing like the word ‘inspire‘ to make your dick shrivel up like a cashew in Antarctic sea ice. It’s a dead word. The overuse of words like inspire and passion have made them carry almost the opposite of their … Continue reading What do you like to rub all over yourself?

Quarantine Cutie by Cady Bogart;

Viral murals: paintings of a pandemic.

While some of the hoarding is coming down off shopfronts around Seattle, many remain shuttered. When they first went up, the streets became bleak very quickly. Back in March, the Alliance for Pioneer Square commissioned a bunch of artists to create striking artworks to fill the streets with colour and hope. My own works went up on Occidental Square. Front cover feature in Pacific NW … Continue reading Viral murals: paintings of a pandemic.

Car park booth with smashed windows

Some days are shit. That’s the shape of it.

Sometimes this heavy cloak drops over us, makes it harder to do everything. Sometimes it’s easy to pinpoint where the darkness comes from. Rejection, isolation, loneliness. Dark things outside Today, for me, it’s an accumulation of things. The boarded up windows on shopfronts in Pioneer Square. The homeless camps that are spreading out from the ferry dock, tents lining the elevated walkway. Knowing it’s getting … Continue reading Some days are shit. That’s the shape of it.

Artwork of two men and a dog on balcony by Ray Monde

An unexpected three-way.

This week I had an unexpected three-way. Summer is here, temperatures are rising and people are emerging from lock-downs around the country. Everyone is embracing their new found freedom. (Perhaps too enthusiastically, with COVID-19 infections spiking around the United States.) Lucky for me, my three way, was totally about art. At a safe distance. First, Saatchi Art hooked someone up with this piece. This work … Continue reading An unexpected three-way.

A turn to the dark side: from ashes to artwork.

Flicking through the photos on my phone, I came across a shot of the bushfires around Braidwood in December last year. It jolted me back to the bushfires that ravaged the land around our home for weeks and weeks and weeks. What was so surprising for me that it rekindled this underlying trauma which I thought I had left behind. After spending a few months … Continue reading A turn to the dark side: from ashes to artwork.

Art at the heart of democracy: 2020 US Presidential election

This week President Trump stood in front of a crowd in Tulsa and was applauded as he drank a glass of water with one hand. The 2020 US Presidential Election is scheduled for 3 November this year. As an alien here, the most important thing for me is that the elections are fair. That’s why, through the studios at 57 Biscayne, I am creating an … Continue reading Art at the heart of democracy: 2020 US Presidential election

Highway in Idaho with flat plains by Ray Monde

How to take your studio with you on the road.

When the corona virus starting locking down cities around the world, my studio became off-limits. I had to find a way to work without the studio. I throw some things in a box that slowly evolves into my travelling studio. After three months in hibernation, I drive. From Washington to Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. My travelling studio becomes my life. Here’s how to make art … Continue reading How to take your studio with you on the road.

This week I was profiled on CANVAS, the Saatchi Art blog. Here’s an excerpt.

Meet the Others: Ray Monde The Game Changers. The Rule Breakers. The Innovators. Discover some of the fantastic emerging talent showcasing their work at The Other Art Fair. Ray Monde‘s latest works are inspired by the streets of Los Angeles and the people who shape the suburbs around them. Created for The Other Art Fair Los Angeles 2020 and now being showcased as part of the Online … Continue reading This week I was profiled on CANVAS, the Saatchi Art blog. Here’s an excerpt.

Ray Monde awarded 2020 Veolia Creative Arts Scholarship.

The Veolia Creative Arts Scholarships for 2020 have been awarded to artists Zachery Bladwell from Goulburn and Ray Monde from the Braidwood district. Richard Joyce from Goulburn will also receive a recognition scholarship in 2020. Dancer, actor and singer Zachery Bladwell will receive a $3,000 Veolia Creative Arts Study Scholarship to support him to complete a Diploma of Dance at Brent Street in Sydney. Ray … Continue reading Ray Monde awarded 2020 Veolia Creative Arts Scholarship.