Isolation

17 May 2020

The coronavirus lockdown has forced many of us to reflect deeply on how we respond to solitude, although today, with constant access to telephone, television, radio and Internet we’re never fully cut off from the rest of the world. Silence has become such a scarce commodity that many people become uneasy without an undercurrent of noise.

John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald, May 2020

 

We've split our week between Perth and Cowaramup over several years.  With Coronavirus and regional border closures in place, we decided to self isolate in Cowaramup.  My partner is able to work remotely, as am I with my casual university and freelance design jobs (albeit with crappy internet access) - but... I did have to forgo my art studio.

Tomorrow the borders officially open and I will go back to Perth.  There has been an emotional shift within me - I feel reluctant to go back.  This landscape and most importantly the silence here is providing me with new artwork ideas that I've been scribbling down and mentally processing over the past 7 weeks.  I've also had time and space to take daily photographs, walk in nature, forage and cook.

Everyone is processing these strange and uncertain times differently - some friends feel anxious and trapped, while others are thankful for this slower pace.  The global economic fall-out is undoubtedly catastrophic with millions now unemployed (in the US we've seen over 10 million people apply for unemployment benefits in March alone). My own casual position within a university system that is struggling with the loss of international students, is also under threat.

It's pretty easy to feel pessimistic right now. My wildly optimistic hope is that this global pandemic creates a more resilient and compassionate society, with a renewed outlook towards the preservation of our natural world.  We must change, or in the words of a wise friend - 'we are completely f***ed!'.

* news - I will lose my university position June 30th - (casual) Assistant Art Curator, 13 years

Digital Art Placement

15 May 2020

Looking at paintings in a gallery and trying to visualise them in your space is really difficult. Large paintings are fragile and awkward to transfer in a 'try before you buy' scenario - it is much easier to Photoshop an artwork onto your existing wall to help with the visualisation process. 

Open-cut, 2019, 140 x 200 cm - seen here in the beautiful living room of White House designed by Robson Rak Architecture www.robsonrak.com.au | photography by Shannon McGrath shannonmcgrath.com

This artwork is currently available.  If you think this may be suitable for your home or interior project I am happy to provide you with this service.

Thank you to Kathryn Robson and Shannon McGrath for the use of this image.