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Featured Image, Tony Stewart, Pandemic Print Exchange
Featured Image, Tony Stewart, Pandemic Print Exchange

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Pandemic Art Update 2020 — work in progress

Preamble

I don’t know how many artists consider the process of their art and their art practice and how many never reflect upon it. When I was involved in science (biology), I was very interested in the process of how science works. Indeed, I was interested in the philosophy of science and science practice.

Most scientists, however, didn’t give a hoot about the process or philosophy of science other than learning to conduct their work as a rigorous practice that would pass muster under the peer review system. This approach didn’t have any direct negative consequences. Except in biology, I thought occasionally the gung ho approach led to an indifference to statistical processes and sometimes to poor and even wrong analysis. Most scientists, however, didn’t give a hoot about the process or philosophy of science other than learning to conduct their work as a rigorous practice that would pass muster under the peer review system. This approach didn’t have any direct negative consequences. Except in biology, I thought occasionally the gung ho approach led to an indifference to statistical processes and sometimes to poor and even wrong analysis.

With reference to art, some artists are interested in the process of how they make art and why, while others just get on with it. I naturally fit in to the former camp and because of this I tend to see some benefits, though not enough to justify any artist from changing their natural inclinations.

Untitled 1, November 2018, Linocut, 30 x 30 cm
Untitled 1, November 2018, Linocut, 30 x 30 cm

The benefits I see are that you are at least aware of the flow of your work and its direction. While you may not pay much attention to your process when the flow is energetic, creative and satisfying. And, you have barely enough time to make the work you are driven to create. When things change, you may be more able to understand.

You may be frustrated that things aren’t the way they used to be, but you also have the tools to analyse why. You can either accept the hiatus; or you can seek out reasons and techniques to cope with change. You are more likely to be experimental and to seek out new directions.

This is not meant to be overly philosophical, but I am interested in my own practice. For ten years, I became what I termed an accidental artist, but I was inspired by what I was doing and powered ahead without thinking more than necessary about the process. The period was creative and immensely satisfying. Then came the hiatus. I basically stopped what I had been doing and for a long time engaged in what I thought of as mucking around, including going to basic courses with my partner Denise.

More recently, I taught myself linocutting and joined a print making cooperative called Megalo in Canberra to learn how to print my works professionally. I still haven’t explored the extent of my potential relationship with Megalo Print Studio.

Also recently, I have done several more courses and joined a Thursday art group hosted by artist Jenny Manning, which I have found both inspiring and stimulating. Because of this group, I have begun to place works in exhibitions and have expanded my repertoire. Continue reading “Pandemic Art Update”

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The Rest Catalogue 2016

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Good, shop in Bangkok Mall, 2011
Good, shop in Bangkok Mall, 2011

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The Rest Catalogue, Breadtag Sagas 2016

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Books Catalogue 2016

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Books Catalogue, Breadtag Sagas 2016

The articles are about books rather than standard book reviews. The main categories are classic science fiction, crime & detective fiction, non-fiction. Those that don’t fit are placed in other.

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Food Catalogue 2016

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Ton Lamyai part of Wororot Market
Ton Lamyai part of Wororot Market

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Food Catalogue, BreadtagSagas 2016

The articles so far are mainly about food in Chiang Mai, Thailand with two longer articles about mangoes and British food.

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Breadtag Sagas Catalogue 2016

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Duomo from the Uffizi, Florence

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Breadtag Sagas Main Catalogue 2016

This catalogue represent roughly a year of Breadtag Sagas: Tales of travel, food, books, art and science… It is intended as an annotated browsing guide.

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The Colour of India

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Lambada Woman, Gramya, 2005
Lambadi Woman, Gramya, 2005

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Introduction

Having just visited India in February/March 2016. I’m inspired again by the wonders of India, even though the NGOs I’m aware of despair at the the excesses of the current central government.

In mid-2010 the South Coast Pastel Society (New South Wales, Australia) got in touch with me because of a contact with PhotoAccess to help inspire their artists about India. The theme for their major exhibition of the year was on India or more specifically: works that reflect or respond to in some way, the culture, history, environment or art of India.

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Use By 2002: my first art exhibition

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Use By Invitation 2002
Use By Invitation 2002

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Accidental artist

We came back to Canberra from Brisbane in April 2000. My job in Brisbane had come to an end and I was in no hurry to work. I began looking for an icon that represented the late twentieth century and part of my lifetime. I’d been thinking of computer chips and boards and vaguely thought of making art.

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