New Exhibition coming soon – Drawing to Dis/Possess

On Saturday August 8th I will be having two sessions in conversation with Jodi Ferrari (Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre) about my current project Drawing to Dis/Possess. NOTE!! these sessions postponed to future date due to COVID

At both of these sessions I will be drawing objects while we chat about the stories and value we place on things. There will be an exhibition of drawings, watercolours and oil paintings I have been making in recent times as I wrestle with my own consumption and collecting choices. We hope to reschedule these talks soon.

Drawing to Dis/Possess

 An experiment into how I might be able to dis/possess myself of material belongings.

I am making drawings, sketches, and paintings of things I have, but no longer need, in the hope that through the act of making an ‘iconic transfer’ I can rid myself of possessions.

Alongside, must be the equally vital act of not seeking to possess any more things. So, I am making drawings, sketches, and paintings of objects I covet, stuff I’d love to acquire, things that are tempting me but maybe don’t really need to own.

How do I manage my own collecting habits and be more vigorously present in my enjoyment of the objects I own or wish to own?

Is the act of drawing them enough? Can I be content to have enjoyed them, spent time with them, observing their aesthetic or functional beauty or reveling in their nostalgic blast?

Can I draw to dis/possess?

Dispossess Triang Trike 2020 watercolour 25 x 30 cm
Possess Flipper, Skippy and Lassie 2020 watercolour on paper 26 x 26 cm
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