My palms became sweaty, throat tight, veins throbbed and heart pumped overtime. But it was the thoughts which were worst, irrational yet unstoppable ones of plunging to the depths of the ocean. For over 20 years each time I flew, this experience was repeated. Now, reflecting on the past six years of constant travel in… Read More Taking Flight: A Cure for My Fear of Flying
“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.
“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 ?
Whenever I return to Brisbane I always look forward to the first of many visits to both QAG (Queensland Art Gallery) and GOMA (Gallery of Modern Art). Just as Brisbane City changes with each visit- the continuous building and rebuilding spiral seems to increase at an astonishing pace-so the Galleries reflect changing perceptions and attitudes.… Read More Art-ificial Divisions
Last week I gave my creativity an early Christmas present. I stepped out of the humid heat and into the cool spaces of GOMA, Queensland’s Gallery of Modern Art which was showcasing the eighth Asia Pacific Triennial art exhibition. I still try to maintain the habits I started when doing Julia Cameron’s ‘The Artist’s Way’,… Read More The Artful Abundance of the Asia-Pacific Region: The 8th Asia Pacific Triennial at GOMA
I could have flown, a journey which would have taken an hour. Instead, I took a train from one city to another, a journey of eleven hours in total. I usually fly around the country but this time I decided to take advantage of a cheap voucher I’d been given and take the long way… Read More A Journey By Train
For various reasons, and unlike most Aussies, I didn’t travel much when I was young. Now, travelling is my full time lifestyle, but I do it on terms and conditions which suit my current values. House sitting suits for many reasons-animal companionship, living In and not just passing through an area, space and time for… Read More Does Travel Improve with Age?
Am I a plebian? I asked myself when finishing a tour of the exhibits at Hobart’s Museum of Old and New Art. Yes, the architecture is impressive and the situation majestic but the exhibits failed to inspire. Being an animal lover I wasn’t engaged by the poor goldfish struggling to hide against the light under… Read More The Chapel At MONA
Last week it was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall;at the same time the barricades started going up in Brisbane. The friendly capital of the northern state of Australia,usually a laid back and tolerant town, started to change a gear, a backward gear at that. It is G20 week and although… Read More Life in the red zone; leave your fresh eggs, surfboards and reptiles at home!
When we travel we expect change. Change of scenery, attitudes, behaviours- beliefs its all up for grabs and through the acceptance of the need to flow with uncertainty, we learn how to become flexible, let old needs and self definitions die, allow new ones to emerge. But what happens when we stay in the same… Read More Solstalgia:becoming a stranger in a familiar land