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DAY 1 at the Dome Gallery – The Sea is All Around us

A big day installing at the Dome Gallery – compass drawn, tea brewed, lettering and lines hatched and shaded. Co-ordinates are fixed in place below the tea urn. All this in place and then the first visiting seafarer arrives from the MAERSK LAUNCESTON, an unbelieveably good omen as Launceston is my home town! I grew up overlooking the port of Launceston and the River Tamar from my bedroom window, while my father made
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The Sea is All Around Us, May 11– 21, 2015

The sea is all around us is a project that will take place at the Mission to Seafarers in Melbourne at 717 Flinders Street (37 º 49’21” S 144º 57’03”E). The project will occupy the Dome Gallery for 2 weeks 11-21 May 2015 with an installation which invites seafarers and gallery visitors to participate in a project which traces the global circulation of seafarers and seafaring souvenirs. A chalk drawn compass on the ci
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Tabletop cairns

I have been lucky to find an opportunity for a pop-up exhibition here in Reykjavik in a local cafe called C is for Cookie. Thanks to the owners Stas and Agniezka who were willing to have their cafe occupied by the table top settings I have been making in the studio. We set the exhibition up last night and it will stay up today while the cafe is closed and comes down tomorrow. The installation combines Tasmanian souve
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A piece of the rock

There are piles of stones everywhere in Iceland, from massive scree slopes, literally erupted from the earth and sea, cairns built for and by tourists and piece-of-the-rock souvenirs brought home as reminders of travels. In Lanmannalauger, where its too difficult to grow grass at the campsite, there is a box of rocks provided for campers to pin their tents down. SIM residency is adorned with previous resident’s
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An Arctic Turn

Back in Reykjavik after a six day intrepid road journey, superb landscapes of volcanoes, glaciers, thermal pools, birds, convoluted coastal  fjords and many more waterfalls. Along the way I have gleaned more about Iceland, its geology, history, environment, art and as part of the tourist experience collected souvenirs aplenty, material research gathered to embed into artworks. My eye has become accustomed to the shap
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Greetings from … Reykjavik

Have arrived in Reyjavik to start the residency project at the SIM -The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists international residency. The residency is expertly facilitated by Gunnhildur Thordardottir the residency Project Manager in a great waterfront location reminiscent of the Tasmanian School of Art in Hobart, with excellent studios and accommodation and great co-residents. Its hugely exciting to be here and to
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Launching the Tourism Telemetry project

The souvenir can only represent a place we cannot gain access to (a distant station), and as such is a metaphorical, remote sensing device of what could well be the last utopia – tourism. Iceland: Latitude 65° 00’N, Longitude 18° 00′ W. Tasmania: Latitude 42° 50’S, Longitude 147° 20′ E. During a four week arts residency at SIM Residency, Reykjavik in September 2012 I will be developing and pre
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