Shrine of dog skull, fox bait and dog bowl

How art can profoundly change us all.

We live moment after moment. Many of those moments pass unnoticed. But sometimes those moments become momentous and profoundly change our lives. For some of us, art is a catalyst for a dramatic change in our lives. It’s hard to imagine how someone’s scratchings on a canvas in their studio can seismically shift a life. That one artist can push another unknown-unmet-person to take a … Continue reading How art can profoundly change us all.

Danny Lacy and Ray Monde talk COVID art; National Works on Paper Prize

Soon after visiting the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the world shut down as it succumbed to the novel corona virus. I found myself isolated in a strange city, needing to hunker down for an indefinite period of time. I thought a lot about the Chinese landscapes I saw in the museum and how the figures in the landscape were tiny specs, dwarfed by what was … Continue reading Danny Lacy and Ray Monde talk COVID art; National Works on Paper Prize

What’s going to happen to us in 2021?

I’ve just left Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s ablaze with COVID-19. Home to the horn-wearing hoodlum who stormed the Capitol. Rocky desert, filled with thorns. Ringed by freeways. Now, I’ve hopped the border into California and am hunkering down in Palm Springs. The streets are empty, except for occasional middle-aged gays wearing matching tight shorts and bandanas around their necks. Nothing else. It’s warm here. A hot … Continue reading What’s going to happen to us in 2021?

Artist Ray Monde standing on a giant stump at La Push, Washington

Year of Wonders: 2020 in review

With 1.6 million people dead from COVID-19, it’s hard to imagine how 2020 could be described as a year of wonders. I’ve borrowed the title from the incredible book of the same name by Geraldine Brooks. Inspired by the true story of Eyam,¬†Year of Wonders¬†evokes a village infected by the bubonic plague which shuts itself off from the world to reduce the spread of infection. … Continue reading Year of Wonders: 2020 in review

Revisiting the small worlds in my head as kid.

Earlier in the year I created a sculptural work The Impossible Journey Home. When I found out it was a finalist in the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize 2020, I thought “I’m going to make more of them!” The things about these works is they remind me of all the things I loved drawing as a kid. The funny little complex worlds where all these little … Continue reading Revisiting the small worlds in my head as kid.

Pop up book of forest fires and burning fires

Your tongue is a sock: three of my favorite things at Bainbridge Island Art Museum.

After 6 months in COVID-19-induced mothballs, our local Bainbridge Island art museum opened its doors again. It was like walking in the front door of a good friend you haven’t seen for an age. The exhibition Fiber 2020 which has been in suspended animation for half-a-year is finally open to the public and what a crazy, wild diverse exhibition it is. Margaret Chodos-Irvine stitches together … Continue reading Your tongue is a sock: three of my favorite things at Bainbridge Island Art Museum.

Humpty on a wall, From Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, Illustrated by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson.

Nothing will ever be the same again.

“All the king’s horses and all the king’s menCouldn’t put Humpty together again.” It’s been a year of upheaval. Flux and change. Things will never be the same again. Just like humpty dumpty, we can’t put the pieces of this year together in a way that resemble a normal year. And there is no going back to what was. We read the news about change … Continue reading Nothing will ever be the same again.