Having dropped our work off at the Noosa Regional Gallery Fiona and I headed off for coffee in an absolute daze. Three years of our artists' book collection and all the work we had been making individually just left there on tables. A very scary moment indeed. Until I arrived first thing on Friday morning before the Opening with a friend of mine (who is such a supporter of me and my work) and saw how Nina and Nicole and their NRG team had curated this exhibition. Fiona and I could never have imagined it looking so wonderful!
There were nooks and plinths where work was beautifully displayed - a lovely mix of Fiona's and my work. By and large I am photographing my work here (Fiona has already posted on the Exhibition) - with difficulty as the lighting is geared to showing the work and not really for photography! On the wall are four of my 'Australian Textures' pieces and opposite them, which you can't see in this photograph, is the 16 piece work 'Textures of Australia'.
Our collaborative works were beautifully showcased in the vitrines or on the wall. This body of work has been sold to a private collector in Melbourne and Fiona and I are so pleased that the collection will stay together.
The ceilings in this main gallery were really high, with huge wall spaces which really suited the spread of my work. Because of the nature of the work it is difficult to show the work well but the details below will give you a feel for the largest of my works which was called 'Meandering'. These twenty one pieces were framed outside the perspex boxes I made, seven in all, and what you don't see here with the work on a white wall but would see more clearly on a darker one, I have sanded the front surface of all the boxes save for a 'river' which meanders behind all the images, linking them together.
Again my 'Australian Textures' and below it my book 'Hunting and Gathering'. Below a clearer picture of 'Textures of Australia'.
I haven't included any photos of my two completed books 'Standing on Fishes' and 'Branching Out' which I will do in the next couple of days. The books and the 3D drawings which make up 'Wandering' seem to have been everyone's favourites.
It has been an overwhelming few weeks with so much wonderful feedback from friends and strangers alike. I am having a bit of a break from the studio but that may mean I get back to posting on this blog a little more regularly.