SO FAR SO GOOD an Exhibition for Mental Health || On the 13th of September, which also happens to be RUOK? Day, I am holding the opening night for a group text-based art exhibition at VANDAL Gallery in Redfern. — The exhibition will feature both artists whose work centres around text and artists whose practice will be pushed into a new sphere. My exhibition, a personal passion project titled ‘So Far So Good’ has the intention of creating positive dialogue around the topic of mental health. Afterall, it is within the confines of art and language that we are able to express ourselves. If I can influence JUST ONE person who might be suffering in silence to speak up then my job here is done. I truly believe that art can be a vehicle for change and that the most dangerous element of mental health issues is isolation. Isolation comes in many forms outside of the physical. It’s the exclusionary wellness movement, it’s isolation in a crowd and it’s misinformation and misunderstanding. I can’t wait to share with you the artists who will be participating - 100% of the profits from sold artworks will go to @onewaveisallittakes mental health crusaders and on the night those who cannot afford the artworks will be able to engage in the charity donation text-based digital artwork I’m making in collaboration with an amazing sponsor @virtualimmersive ~ more to come ... artwork above: ‘Moving Story Telling Vehicle’ by action researcher and artist @astra_howard who will be exhibiting work in the show || @artpharmacy
It’s called FEELGOOD ‘cause I don’t want you to take it too seriously. It’s not about the bloody zeitgeist, it’s not about post modernism, trans-humanism, the Chthulucene, capitalism, sense, logic or anything of that ilk. It’s about checking in with yourself, being real, doing a thing and seeing what happens. Don’t get me wrong, feeling good is a serious matter, my friends, and it takes hard work... but this artwork, whilst made in context, isn’t about big words. It’s as simple and as serious as colours, textures, falling in love or falling apart. || Acrylic & Clay on Aluminium || ~ 4 metre column commissioned by @artpharmacy @art_pharmacy_consulting for @mirvacnsw @broadwaysydney ~
Making art is my adaptive behaviour to fear, it’s how I prove to myself that I can achieve things that, at first, seem out of reach (for me). Adaptive behaviour is behaviour that we adopt in order to be able to function in spite of our unproductive and very individual processes such as fear, panic, anxiety, perfectionism etc. Counter to this is maladaptive behaviour, choices that are unproductive and damaging ... like isolating yourself, wrapping yourself in the warm fuzzy blanket of your comfort zone... Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that doing things that scare you is much easier with a girl gang beside you, who prop you up, inspire you, believe in you, bring you back to earth, make you tea when you’re stressed, pat you on the head and tell you it’s all going to be okay and let you make childish jokes despite finding you painfully unfunny ~ ~ @artpharmacy @culturescouts 🌈
‘Ego’ @anatolknotek || so how about the ego? when you think about it, all of our fears centre around it. When we’re babies, when we’re kids ... we play, we experiment, we try things, we fall over, we graze our knees, we eat the dirt, we try dog biscuits, we flat out ask other kids to be friends with us.. and then we establish our Ego. Then we worry what others will think, then we feel left out, then we compare, then we form self deprecating thoughts & these form distracting patterns that all lead back to ‘I’m not good enough’ ... when we get upset at others we project our own inadequacies because “you don’t perceive what I perceive” “you hurt my feelings” “you betrayed me”... we can translate these as “I feel misunderstood” “I feel unworthy” “I feel embarrassed because I trusted you” ... reflections of ourselves and yet it remains a fickle web. We’d rather be alone than admit that we feel lonely. We’d rather pretend to have it all sorted than revel in our shared misfortunes, we’d rather fit in even though we’re all a bit mad - what do they call that... like a reverse false consensus? (Help me out here, there’s a name for it).... Anyway, The Ego, huh? Weird. *and that’s a sneak peak into what I was thinking on the train home*
I’m working on a public artwork called ‘Feelgood’ it’s for Broadway Shopping Centre. @artpharmacy & Mirvac trusted me enough to let my emotions run wild on a very experimental and very public artwork. THANKS GUYS! ~~ How nuts is it that we just decide things, like, “I choose you” or “I love that person 👉🏻” “I am investing all my money in X, Y, Z” “I’m going to eat this” or “jump in a car with that stranger” ... it’s simple and it’s complex. We take our intuition for granted, right? We just go with it and let our physical bodies, our feelings and instincts guide us into the biggest decisions of our lives. It’s incredible! It’s just as simple and just as complex as laying down two colours or shapes next to each other and thinking “no, absolutely not” and that’s how I’m tackling this project. It’s a series of experiments in materiality, texture & colour paired with many months of thinking ‘nup... I can’t have those textures together’ ‘yessss that looks insane’ ‘oh shit you shouldn’t have put that there’ ‘yep, good choice, Amy’ ~ Sometimes it’s cool to just do the things and go with what feels right at the time for you, do your best and give it over to the universe and trust that if it doesn’t FEEL right, it probably isn’t and if it does, well that’s bloody beautiful. Anyway, that’s what this is about. Feeling good about your feelings.
What presents itself as frivolous, or manifests itself as frivolity, is also the most serious, the essence of seriousness, in fact, as with everything to do with love. . . ~ Henri Lefvebre | Cahiers Internationaux de Sociologie, 1962 • • Detail of a commission public artwork I am making for Broadway Shopping Centre in Sydney.
When I’m not being an artist... I work with artists and play with puppies! ‘INSIDE & OUTSIDE’ Exhibition tonight @vandal.sydney Gallery | Starring: @alinoble11 @baileelobb @harleigh_english curated by: @rosellscreatures & yours truly ⚡️ words & all the other hard stuff by: @katebettes & @hannahmolyneux
“Even if we cannot escape the consequences of opposition, we will at least be spared the debilitating sense of standing in error - if in the midst of a dark censure - depending on the soundness of a person’s method of thinking; this should determine the weight we give to their disapproval.” ~ Basically, whose opinion are we taking on board? and is it worth personal suffering? ~ ~ So hey, what’s with perfectionism? It’s crushing and unproductive, right? I only took this one (pretty rubbish... very rubbish) photo of my ‘liquified lounge room wall’ because I was so ashamed that it didn’t turn out how I envisioned it to be. This was a few years ago now - it’s made from acrylic, plasterboard, plaster, photo frames and cement. Anyway, my point is that it’s with hindsight that we can gain clarity on moments that seemed like a cataclysm of disappointments and missed marks. We might look back and see that actually it wasn’t so bad and, hopefully, we can use this knowledge to trust in and evolve our future selves. Watch this space for a bigger - better - funner version of this that may go further than the confines of my studio wall.
I think the simplest forms can remind us of how little we know about ourselves and our multiple realities ~ ~ V, v v obsessed with Polish Artist Alicja Kwade & have been for several years. Concerned with space, time, philosophy and the truths of structural integrity etc. etc.
Is it not our constant desire, to convert this accidental world into something intended for us? And it matters little whether the outcome is good or bad, provided that this fatedness transforms us into strange attractors - a magical convergence • Acrylic paint in 3 ways •
I was talking to a friend about art the other night (shock). She said the art world is confusing and incongruous - I think she used the word ‘Bullshit.’ There are no rules for what constitutes ‘art,’ that one thing can be considered art and something that looks the exact same is non-art. Even non-art has become art. Where do you draw the line? How do you decide what’s art and what’s not? How do you decide what has value? I think it’s really important to consider not just ‘skill’ as art - although the ability to represent something in hyper-realism is enviable at the least. In the early days the art world was run by Patrons whose artist’s were employed to paint grandiose portraits of their leaders... then cameras came along. We can’t forget all the political movements, class wars and conflicts that surrounded or were the catalyst for many art movements. Art and aesthetics became exclusive of the church and a means to pose ideas without language, to express emotions that we can’t quite put our fingers on. It doesn’t have to be complex, though sometimes it can be. Often it just reminds us of things we already knew, maybe it simply makes us aware of ourselves in space #donaldjudd . I agree, there is some incredibly basic looking art and it’s hard to place value on it without context but once you start to learn about its history everything starts to make sense. Art doesn’t have to be serious and it can be as simple as filling your world with virtues that might be lacking, ie. colours or shapes •• There’s more to art than appearances but perhaps sometimes that’s all it’s about, and that’s okay too - for me I have a weird little obsession with making paint do what it’s not supposed to. I don’t know if it’s art and I don’t think it matters. I studied Fine Arts to paint portraits better but here I am. The thing with ‘skill’ (in the traditional sense) & representation is that it’s measurable, and when things are measurable it makes us feel safe. Art can leave us open to ambiguity and letting everyone else decide can be scary. * Here’s half a tin of Dulux, folded up, standing on its own. My lecturer at uni told me it was boring and there’s a good chance she’s right.