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.

How @Twitter can be your muser and abuser in #art

There’s a lot of haters out there. Just ask artist Jason Wing who used tweets as the foundation of beautiful letterpress artwork House Wigger that was on show at the Casula Powerhouse. The tirade of abuse for being Aboriginal is raw and uncomfortable and leaves a lasting impression. Like this one from JohnBoy “I guess he used his fat nose to help hold his breath … Continue reading How @Twitter can be your muser and abuser in #art

Dry your tears: the child within us #art #collage

I started this series almost on a whim. Experiences as children sharply determine who we will be as adults. As we mature, we become better at masking those childhood emotions, we build a stronger exterior to smooth the bumpy ride, but underneath, within us all, is still the little boy or girl, never quite believing where we are and what we’re doing. Continue reading Dry your tears: the child within us #art #collage

Art with a story is better than art for art’s sake

Jack Featherstone is an amazing man. He spent a great deal of his life travelling the Australian outback, giving dental care to remote communities and investigating the bacteria of the mouths of Indigenous Australians. His paintings are wonderfully naive, but what I love the most are the stories that go with them. It made me realise while it’s fine to make pretty pictures, the works … Continue reading Art with a story is better than art for art’s sake

Art-work versus work-work. Who wins?

Like most artists, I’d rather spend my time creating artworks rather than work-working but unfortunately my art is not self-sufficient. Thankfully, I’m in a position where I run my own business from home, The Wood Agency, which is little advertising agency which specialises in art-based marketing. We recently developed this visual identity for The Studio, an annex of the Art Gallery of South Australia. Essentially, … Continue reading Art-work versus work-work. Who wins?

Why all artworks titled “Untitled” should be destroyed.

A lot of artists don’t give their works a title and it really gives me the pip. Walking around galleries around the world, I’ll come across a spectacular artwork, I’ll walk up and get closer look, see who created it and what it’s called. Artist, Untitled, 1972 For me, not giving an artwork a name, is like not naming a child. A title gives an … Continue reading Why all artworks titled “Untitled” should be destroyed.

Love & Death for Braidwood Preschool

The local preschool is having a fundraising appeal where locals buy and decorate female torsos and then they’re auctioned at a gala night at the Albion Cafe. I was strong-armed into taking part and I really like them. Not sure who’d want them in their homes though. Death was inspired by Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead and a celebration of all … Continue reading Love & Death for Braidwood Preschool