A Sketchbook Practice

4th May – 7th July 2024

It was a lovely opening with many folk coming to The Condensery at Toogoolawah for the opening. Special thanks to Madeline Brewer and Jake for the care they took with my ‘spare brains’ and all the local artists who bravely shared what they had made from our workshops together.

Thanks also to arts writer Louise Martin-Chew for her studio visits and essay for the room brochure.




opens May 4th at The Condensery, Toogoolawah

official opening 4-6 pm,

exhibition dates 4th May-7th July 2024

Deb Mostert has used sketchbooks over the decades as a scaffold for her contemporary art practice. A Sketchbook Practice shares pages from over ninety sketchbooks dating back twenty years to prompt: ‘What does it mean to keep a sketchbook?’ and ‘How does your perception of the world change through keeping one?’. In the words of the artist: “Sketchbooks serve as a spare brain, a record of my personality and my growth and they are gleefully imperfect.”

Shown alongside Deb’s sketchbooks are those from artists local to the Somerset region. This collection of community sketchbooks displays both the depth and diversity of local artists, but also the day-to-day character of the region.


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Bronze Bust commission

A beautiful long term commission this year has been sculpting the delightful Laurie. Commissioned by his son in a lovely act of respect, Laurie was shy and bemused by the attention as he sat for me over 5 x 2 hour sessions but we had fun getting to know each other and enjoying the process. After I had sculpted Laurie in oil based clay, I then had the finished bust scanned and 3D printed by Sculpt Studios at a smaller size so we could take molds and make multiple bronze versions in two sizes. Thanks as always to Chalkos Art Foundry for the care and attention to bring this to fruition.

Book Launch

I was so delighted to have been asked to collaborate with the Women Writers Qld, and their latest anthology entitled ‘Stuffed’.

A taxidermy sketch from my ‘Animal as Object’ research sketchbooks chosen by author and editor Toni Risson to grace the covers, as the writers all took on the challenge to ‘stuff’ their story between the opening and closing lines of a popular novel (‘Where the Crawdads Sing’ by Delia Owens)

It was so much fun with this lively bunch of authors as they joined in the spirit at the Brisbane Square Library launch bringing their own ‘animal objects’ and letting me chat about taxidermy and my arts practice and the crossover between arts, science and writing. A great morning .

Get a copy of ‘Stuffed’ from @tonirissonauthor

Projected sketches!

Over a week in July a selection of my brown paper portraits of ordinary humans were projected onto 143 Brisbane Street in Ipswich as part of the Spark Festival 2023. From Thursday 6 – Sunday 16 July 2023 d’Arcy Doyle Place was transformed into a visual spectacle that profiled local artists, architecture and the nooks and crannies of this popular Ipswich meeting place.

Projectionist James Muller from Earth Base Productions worked with all 10 artists including Jacob Sarra, Chenaya Bancroft-Davis, Donna Davis, Eulalia Martin, Kylie Stevens, Eva D San Miguel, Jason McNamara, Mieke Den Otter, Renee Yates and LeAnne Vincent to have their works projected onto the building.

It was a fun time to get out and see local artists works featured over the nights of the festival. Thanks to Ipswich Festivals and Ipswich City Council and the Spark Festival.

drone footage courtesy of Earth Base Productions and featuring my own work plus Jacob Serra on St Paul’s Church and photographer Jason McNamara

Bronze Trophies

This exciting commission was for the Brisbane Racing Club who wished to have a bronze thoroughbred racehorse head as a trophy for the Queensland Oaks Carnival Race, the richest race in the Brisbane Racing calender. I had no experience with racing or these sorts of horses, so I spent some time at the racetrack drawing and watching the horses in preparation for this sculptural challenge. A lot of the process pics in my sketchbook can be seen here at my virtual sketchbook project. If you click on the flashing white boxes you can see extra hidden audio visuals