Suddenly I was breakfasting with Patricia Piccinini and Vivien Lovell

Last Saturday, bleary-eyed, we got up early and drove for an hour to Canberra in the ute with Trim, our kelpie, in the back to have breakfast at the National Gallery of Australia. Patricia Piccinini’s SkyWhale was being inflated and was about to glide across the capital in a flying sculptural tribute to Canberra’s 100th birthday. We’d been invited to breakfast and I had expected … Continue reading Suddenly I was breakfasting with Patricia Piccinini and Vivien Lovell

What is smaller than matchbox but can move mountains?

It’s nothing much to look at. A few words in a column relegated to things to do to fill in lazy Friday afternoon. But for me it was a big deal, huge. Being invited to showcase my work in Goulburn Regional Art Gallery (GRAG)¬†as part of ‘A Snapshot’ series meant so much to me. Not only did I get to share gallery space with the … Continue reading What is smaller than matchbox but can move mountains?

A mammoth work of staggering brilliance: Nolan’s Snake

If anyone knows anything about Sidney Nolan, they know his Ned Kelly series: an Australian bushranger immortalised in enamel on hardboard, many painted on the kitchen table of Heidi on the outskirts of Melbourne while Sunday Reed made steaming cups of tea and writhed in the bedsheets. I thought I knew the works of Nolan. I was wrong. One wing in MONA is dedicated to … Continue reading A mammoth work of staggering brilliance: Nolan’s Snake