“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.” ― Terry Pratchett, I grew up in… Read More The Lost Suburbs of Sydney 8
Every three years, Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art hosts the APT or Asia Pacific Triennial, an extraordinary exhibition by artists from the region. This is my third triennial and I have to say that its the best so far. I’m not an artist and yet as I get older art has become more and more… Read More Visionary Artists of the Asia Pacific
“There are things known and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.” Aldous Huxley When we view something, what is it that we see? How the presenter of the thing wants us to see it, in other words a “curated” version? Or does what we perceive activate a part of… Read More The Presence of Absence or Ways of Looking at the World.
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” George Orwell Sometimes we forget that history is not fixed but open to interpretation. Some stories, cultures and peoples are over-represented in modern Australian history while others remain hidden. “Every moment happens twice: inside and outside, and… Read More When Artists Make Our History
Can there be anything more exquisitely beautiful than a finely cut piece of jewellery? Even if we can’t afford to buy it, we can admire and appreciate it from afar. In the case of the jewellery and watchmaking of the Cartier family, I had the rare pleasure of visiting the Cartier exhibiton with my grandaughter,… Read More That Cartier Style
Singapore is a richly woven tapestry of many cultures, Chinese, Malay and Indian to name a few. On this visit to Singapore I decided to stay in “Little India”, a colourful district with Indian inspired architecture, Vegetarian cafes (yum) and plentiful markets. Wandering through the streets, I happened on the Indian Heritage Centre, a relatively… Read More Little India, Singapore
It’s the biggest island in Sydney harbour. Named after the hordes of Cockatoos, both black and white, which used to inhabit the thick forest of trees on the island. Now of course, there are few trees and none of those raucous birds to be heard or seen. Like Sydney town itself, the island has undergone… Read More Cockatoo Island; From Convict Past to Creative Presence
I love movies almost as much as I love books. Almost. Australian, American, English,French, Iranian, Jewish-if the film is good I’ll enjoy it. When I get a chance I take the opportunity to visit my favourite cinemas where I can enhance the cinematic experience with a good coffee/ wine and cheese platter. There’s something sacred… Read More At The Movies-in Style
“Camera lies all the time. It’s all it does is lie, because when you choose this moment instead of this moment, when you… the moment you’ve made a choice, you’re lying about something larger. ‘Lying’ is an ugly word. I don’t mean lying. But any artist picks and chooses what they want to paint or… Read More Do Portraits Lie ?
Is there anything more Australian than a koala? And right now I am in the midst of their country, mid North coast New South Wales. “Cooee” is also iconically Australian; a ridgey-didge, dinky-di true blue Aussie saying And yet its rarely used today, even in the bush eb The koalas who have inspired this post… Read More Cooee from Koala Country