Below: At Work in the Studio....
I stayed at my studio in the Old School Gallery until about 8.30pm last night...there was a Youth 'Back to School Ball' in progress while I worked....it was great to watch the local youth having fun...and the community doing so much for their young people! There always seems to be something happening here!!!!
Below: At Work in the Studio....
I DID start some artwork yesterday....I’m beginning with a few pieces that I need
to make for my workshops before Monday....so I’m making a‘Bali’ style sculpture
& doing a couple of mixed media pieces....I also want to get a start on a
few pastels but I don’t imagine I’ll get to those until next week! I got a new
toy for Christmas....a Dremel....that I’m also looking forward to having a play
with!!! So...I have a few plans to move forward from!!! I love having dedicated
time for my artwork!
Last night, Narla & I went down to the Australia Day foreshore celebrations at
about 6.30... I find having a dog is a great way to meet people...so I wasn’t
alone for long. We met a nice couple who have just moved from Tasmania to work
on the Bauxite mine and their dog Oliver! They have only been in town for about
5 weeks so they were sharing some of their ‘finds’ with me...Rolans Pool is the
local swimming hole...and I’ve discovered that it’s only about 400m from where
I’m living...so it’s a nice easy walk...with a cool reward at the other end!
They also told me some other local tips...such as fresh fruit & vegies
outside the Hairdressers on Sat morning! There was a live band as well...so all
in all it was a very pleasant evening! I took a couple of pics of the sunset on
the way back to the car....but it wasn’t like the other night...I think the
reason it struck me so much the night before was because I watched it over open
land....whereas last night there were trees& hills! The sunsets on the mine
site must be amazing....I’ll have to try to catch a few of those while I’m here!
I am in the studio again now and have already started work... looking forward to
a couple of days in the studio! Back to ‘work’
Yesterday was the first day of my Country Arts WA Artist in Residence Program at
By the time I finalised packing the 4WD it was later than I had anticipated before
I got underway! The road trip took about 1 1/2 hrs on one of the hottest January
days on record....and yes...you guessed it...our car doesn’t have air
conditioning...so by the time I arrived I was a bit hot and frazzled!!!
Nonetheless I was excited! Within 20 minutes of arriving I was in a meeting with
Boddington CRC and some members of the community to schedule workshops. We have
planned some great programs & workshops for Wandering DHS, Boddington Youth
Arts, the ESL group & Nirvana...just for starters!!! I will post more
details soon, with a calendar of events.
One of the main events that is planned is the opening of the Art
Exhibition on Saturday 31st March which has been timed to coincide with the
Boddington Music Festivalso its’ a date worth putting in your diary!
Following the meeting I unloaded the 4WD and set up studio....with the help of my ‘art assistant’ Narla...my dog...who’s come along for the duration to keep me company & on-track with my artwork...plus she’s also a great distraction for a bit of downtime!
In the evening I headed ‘home’ to my accommodation which is the cutest little house (thankfully with air conditioning) that you’ve ever seen....complete with the picket fence and rambling cottage gardens....wind chimes....chooks out the back...the most amazing teapot collection...and arty/comfortable interior...I immediately felt relaxed....an incredible feat for such a crazy day (See images below) !!!! I settled in & went down town for some supplies....got fish & chips and watched the sunset....which was unbelievable....I will have to try to capture the difference between the sunset here & on the coast....it looked more ‘burnt’ reflecting the dry land...mmm...difficult to describe & I didn’t get a picture....but I’m sure they’ll be many more!!! While I was sitting in town a couple passed by walking their dog drinking a glass of wine....way to go...it gave me a laugh!!!
When I woke up this morning I felt like a new woman after a warm shower! So today the plan is to start some artwork...NOW!!! At 5pm there are Australia Day celebrations on the ‘foreshore’....yes....I learnt that Boddington has a foreshore....and it’s a really gorgeous spot!!!! There won’t be fireworks... but Narla & I’ll go down & check it out!
Boddington is a really ‘arty’ town...there are murals & sculptures everywhere you look... one of my favorites is the fish on the foreshore.... “which was meant to be a fountain in the river....but ended up being a fish out of water” (Elizabeth Hoek...CRC).
It’s nice to be in the countryside again....I love the hills...and being amongst the Gum trees!
Artist in Residence: Boddington 23rd Jan-16 April
Supported by Country Arts WA & Boddington CRC
Theme: “Boddington Today - New & Old”
Aim: To Create Connections
Boddington CRC then hosted a pilot workshop with me and sought community feedback. Following the workshop and further discussion they caught a vision for the possibilities that the Residency could mean for the community having recognised that it is a ongoing challenge to bring the ‘new’ and ‘old’ together in a small town.
My ‘first impression’ of Boddington was that it is a diverse community composed of old ‘country families’, involved in traditional rural practices, combined with new influences, as the town has grown, to include retirees and mining families. I thought it would be exciting to explore the idea of “Boddington Today - New & Old” - new and old neighbours, new and old friends, new and old practices, new and old places, new and old trees! My hope is that a ‘melting pot’ of ideas will be created through the residency and that this will assist the community to develop a more integrated sense of identity.
My passion lies primarily with mixed media, painting and sculpture, therefore, the workshop program will be designed around these art forms. Inspiration for my own work during the residency will come from arial photography of the region, tours of the Boddington town site and mine, as well as stories and reminiscences from the older residents and the participants of workshops.
I am extremely excited about the opportunity this grant is giving me as an artist and the community of Boddington to connect through/with the Arts.