sketch in charcoal of glacial lake by Ray Monde Sticky post

Painting with soot and glacial water 水墨

Thousands of years after the glaciers melt, we ride up the waters of Lake Chelan. The Stehekin River flows in at the top of the lake at Stehekin, still fed by mountain glaciers. We’re learning to fly fish. Beneath the water of the river are thousands of Kokanee Salmon, getting ready to spawn and die. They’re a brilliant orange. I’ve never seen so many fish … Continue reading Painting with soot and glacial water 水墨

Pink embroidery on blue fabric with the name DAISY

Stitching a tribute to Nanna: join the NELL ANNE Quilt Project

There’s an incredible project that’s been on my radar for some time. And because of COVID-19, we can all now take part. The artist NELL was scheduled for a residency at McCahon House in New Zealand. But the pandemic got in the way. So NELL put the word out for everyone to get involved and decorate a piece of fabric with the name of a … Continue reading Stitching a tribute to Nanna: join the NELL ANNE Quilt Project

Finalist in the 2020 National Works on Paper Prize

I’m totally stoked to say that I’m one of 76 artists who have been shortlisted from over 1,100 entries for the 2020 National Works on Paper (NWOP) prize. The prize is one of the most prestigious acquisitive prizes and exhibitions of its type in Australia. It supports and promotes contemporary Australian artists working on or with paper with up to $50,000 acquisitions and awards (including … Continue reading Finalist in the 2020 National Works on Paper Prize

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.