artist ~ curator ~ author
|| The Samstag Legacy: An Artist’s Bequest
I reaIly enjoyed reviewing this intriguing tale of adventure and philanthropy on New Deal painter Gordon Samstag and textile
designer Anne Samstag. Part archeological dig, part
psychoanalyst’s couch, a rollicking read edited by Ross Wolfe with art
historian Lea Rosson DeLong. Read online or in print in Data Visual, Artlink Issue 37:1| March 2017 Guest editor: Ian Millis
|Elvis Richardson, Settlement 2016, (production
| Everyone Works but the Vacant Lot
My short essay on Elvis Richardson's Settlement. Both personally and socio
-economically reflective, Settlement's
domestic interiors document the
dilemma of the artist, the place of home in our national psyche and the
affect of lives in transition.
| between a rock
my article in
[Re/production] the latest issue of
Matrix with contributions
by linda dement
Ireland, cigdem aydemir, teri hoskin, Quinn Eades, Helen Hester and Zahra Stardust
Image: VNS MATRIX,
suite of haunting, poetic memoirs inscribed onto the walls of Sauerbier
Saturday 13 August, 2016,
from 2 - 4 pm
Please join me for high tea and
champagnate at my Whitewash
Exhibition Opening at Sauerbier House, Port Noarlunga. The house will
ressonate with the sounds of composer and
cellist Allye Sinclair, and I will be reading fragments of poetic texts
from the walls.
Follow the WhiteWash
SALA Monograph launched
by ArtsSA, edited
by Margot Lloyd,
designed by Rachel
published by Wakefield Press.
happy author at the Art Gallery of South Australia SALA opening , and
the launch of my monograph on multi-disciplinary
artist Catherine Truman : Touching Distance.
a sneak peek: "Catherine Truman's practice has a
palpable anatomy. Silken threads, connecting gestures, forms and
techniques, reach across time and location, between suites of more
traditionally crafted work and those that infiltrate and augment the
scientific realm. The intertwining interdependent systems in her work
articulate the relationships between the felt and experienced; the seen
and unseen; between medium and production."
panelist at GOMA
the space between Photo :Tait Schmall
Artists: CHEB - Deb Jones and Christine Cholewa,
Memorial for Forced Adoption was unveiled by SA Premier Jay
Weatherill on Thursday 14 July at
Grundy Gardens on the Torrens Riverbank.
After two years serving on the Steering
Comittee for this important Commerative Artwork, we are proud to see
its powerful public presence actualised - acknowledging the ongoing
affects of Forced Adoption which impacts 1 in 15 Australains.
writer-in-residence and whitewash website
a home of sorts, 2016
|Over three bleak months of winter as writer-in-residence
at Sauerbier House
on the mangificent Onkaparinga estuary at Port Noaralunga, I am
inscribing text directly into architectural
Poetic fragments of memoir from a young
C19 resettled Irish domestic servant emerge simultaneously on site and
online. Walls and linnen echo her dislocation, loss of identity and
uncertaintly - but also curious wonder of her strange new antipodean
Visit WhiteWash ...
With the Tip
of a Needle - an essay for Garland
Stitch of Bonds, 2003 Photo:
2015, Jonathan VDK
|"A fine needle, a loop
of yarn, a hand moving, thread
drawing through fabric; and repeat.
Stitching is a nuanced language spoken mainly by women in local
dialects that are recognised across global cultures.."
So starts my essay on three women from Afganistan, Iran and Bangladesh,
who gain new insigts through teaching their traditional emboridery
skills for Guildhouse.
award : 2016
Shell in aritst's hand, 2013
Image courtesy of the artist
|Although enduringly fond of carving
Mother-of-Pearl and English Lime, Catherine Truman's oeuvre extends to
choreography, public sculpture, installation,
photograph, poetry and moving image.
I am particularly
interrested in writing this monograph in drawing out
the intersubjectivity of working immersively with scientists for 17
years, which has taken her
makings into the sensate and anatomically unfamiliar – probing
the thresholds of human being.
A delight to be mentoring Emerging curator and writer Andre Lawrence.
be published in July 2016.
a very big dry
WIMP: Windows, Icons,
Menus & Pointers
Five sweet 20 second stories in the
language of computer and mobile screen
icons. I've really
enjoyed making these playful low resolution works: the
nostalgia of an #earlyApple desktop contrasts with
#lateWindows working day parade; #mobMe texts in icons of social
media; #screenFever flushes out the graphical creatures
inhabiting our interface jungles; while #playTime points to pure
can watch them here or tweet them to the Rundle
Lantern big screen.
the Networked Practice | Online Symposium
Speaking with Ken Wark and Charlotte Frost on a panel at an
international gathering exploring emergent
forms of networked research, artistic production, and teaching in the
arts. Intended as a global and inclusive gathering, without
registration fees, this Symposium unites local and remote speakers and
audiences via Web-conferencing to discuss a range
of topics, including: distributed teaching and studio models,
collective research, peer-to-peer cultural production, networked
performance, big data cultural analytics, and a broad range of issues
in Internet art & culture.
Here's my catalogue essay for Theatre of Detail
new work by Gray Street Workshop partners Jess Dare, Sue Lorraine and
Truman, set to tour nationailly and internationally in 2015 and
2016. A celebration of the Workshop's evolution over 30 years, the
exhibition will be launched
Gallery on 5 March 2015.
Its great revisting -empyre- [soft-skinned space], the forum created
as part of my PhD in 2002, to contribute to the February
2015 discussion New Year/ New Tools and Technologies.
Artist In Residence
residency at Bundanon enables research and
writing time for my first
novel Attachment. This highly
intimate memoir deals with issues of identity, loss and grief brought
about by the traumatic separation at birth from my mother and my
subsequent adoption, then the removal of my only child at 15, also
through forced adoption.
see my 1996 net art work
tunnel (exploring the slimey arena of cybersex)
in the VAGINA 2.0, show at Vagina Museum, Vienna,
from May 2014.
Manifest De Stillare -
|| The Microscope Project
at Flinders Art Museum & City Gallery at the State Library,
Australia. My catalogue essay Manifest De Stillare discusses
Nicholas Folland, Ian
Gibbins, Deb Jones, Catherine Truman, and Angela
Valamanesh reconstruction of whimiscal, surprising and poetic artworks
from a suite of decomissioned analogue microscopes.