My largest ‘work-in-progress’ to date is my new ‘Kulturhus’ (Culture House); a converted 1980s portable classroom will become my studio. A ‘Culture House’ is a European concept and worth adapting to the Australian context. It is a meeting place for sharing cultural and creative treasures with others in the community, without monetisation, and without emphasis on proﬁt as a goal.
Instead a pursuit of unique experiences with diﬀerent materials, techniques, and ways of working, and the sharing of these between members will be the main aim. Membership will be opening soon, with beneﬁts such as free use of the space for arts-based community workshops or
gatherings, and a free lending library.
I am a community artist, which means my artwork is often a collective project that includes many other arts practitioners from the community. Another large artwork, created in conjunction with a large community of women, was a giant, hand-knitted placenta. This work was to commemorate the physical work of women that often is unseen in the ongoing success of the human species.
I also have a personal art practice, evenly distributed between two and three dimensional works, that concentrates on my experience of being human, using as many types of media as is required to communicate my message.
My presence in this year’s Open Studios will be as an introduction to the space, and I will have many of my artworks on display from the last ten or so years of my practice. These works have not yet been seen in public; oil on canvas, multimedia sculptures, acrylics on canvas, ink works and watercolour on paper and board, tatebanko and other paper works, a large sculptural work using grasses and orchard prunings with basketry and woven techniques, and screenings on my short ﬁlms created as part of the #livewellcomeshare project funded by VicHealth. I will be actively working on either oil on canvas, or sculptural works during the weekend, so you’re able to see the creative process.