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.

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.

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.

Two naked men holding hands in a granite landscape

I traveled halfway around the world to see what’s just around the corner.

One of the most-significant Australian novels, My Brother Jack, was written by George Johnston on the Greek island of Hydra. Sidney Nolan moved the England in 1953, dying there there in 1992, yet the vast bulk of his work revived the Australia he carried in his mind. “We have to remove ourselves to see things with fresh eyes.” Evoking one world from another was part … Continue reading I traveled halfway around the world to see what’s just around the corner.

How to buy and sell art in a time of coronavirus

Even before the world collapsed in on itself with the outbreak of COVID-19, art was selling online. Online art sales grew almost 10% last year, totalling $4.64 billion. Almost 5 billion dollars in art sales online! As we hunker down, our faces have totally turned to art online. The institutions we love, like The Met, the National Gallery and even regional galleries like Goulburn are … Continue reading How to buy and sell art in a time of coronavirus

How to create a mural 56 feet wide (18 m)

As the corona virus strangles the city of Seattle, the restaurants and cafes in Pioneer Square shut down. Preparing for the cytokine storm, shopfronts are boarded up. The streets deserted, feeling edgier than ever. To keep an eye on the streets, the Alliance for Pioneer Square reached out to local artists to pair up with local businesses and paint the hoardings that cover the shopfronts. … Continue reading How to create a mural 56 feet wide (18 m)

Artwork by Ray Monde of young African American outside LA house

The show must go on. Online.

What you can do to help artists during COVID-19. Everyone is meeting their friends for drinks online. From our dining chairs in Seattle we look across the table through our laptop to our friends at the other side of the table in Summer Hill. We’re all drinking white negronis and it’s beautiful. Two hours in a heartbeat. People are working online, making startling discoveries about … Continue reading The show must go on. Online.

COVID-19 artwork by Ray Monde

Let’s wait and see how many deaths there are today before we go to the supermarket.

Art in a time of coronavirus. For me, the strangest thing about living the COVID-19 pandemic is how normal things take on a strange tilt. Thinking about heading to the supermarket, I say “Let’s wait and see how many deaths there are today before we go.” Everything normal is slightly askew, awry. Last week, the supermarket wouldn’t touch the bags we brought. No surprises there. … Continue reading Let’s wait and see how many deaths there are today before we go to the supermarket.