SOFT POWER by @i_am_offerings for ‘So Far So Good’ Exhibition | artwork sales go to mental health non-profits @onewaveisallittakes & @batyraus ~ In her practise, the repetition of object and action is a form of meditation and grounding.
Letting go of her Mantra SOFT POWER, she releases the focus of her own personal grow. An offering of intention.
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 🌈
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
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.
~ A story of chaotic lurching between idealisation and disappointment. An unstable state where feelings of ecstasy and beatitude combine with impressions of drowning and fatal nausea. The sense that one has finally found the answer comes together with the feeling that one has never been so lost ~
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A tribute to everyone who's had a bad day 💓 for 'HIGH MEASURE' exhibition at VANDAL GALLERY tomorrow night • • each letter is scrunched up dried acrylic paint made from the surface of a popped giant helium balloon 🎈