Thursday, May 24, 2007

Why I love Dita Von Teese

I must say that I wasn't a huge fan at first, other than my love for burlesque but I was reading last night that Ms. Von Teese owns 3 - yes 3! Devon Rex cats!!!!

Obviously I'm a Devon rex girl myself and it takes a special person to love the wacky antics of the Devons.

So Ms. Dita Von Teese, Miss Nina and I love you! Oh, and the dancing in the martini glass is pure class!


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Crazy Russian Art Exhibition!

I stumbled across this article and it's great to see other artists using pseudonyms!!!

Peculiar Photographs
A St. Petersburg duo has turned one man's unusual sexual obsession into an art project.
By Brian DroitcourPublished: May 18, 2007

While shoppers and gawkers roamed the stands at the opening of the Art Moscow fair on Wednesday, other visitors posed at a makeshift photography studio in the lobby. Some took a cue from the black-and-white photographs on the walls, where a woman straddled a submissive man, but others tried out poses of their own as they roughhoused on the stage and mugged for the camera. It was part of the fair's parallel program, an interactive installation titled "Igor's Mania" by the Factory of Found Clothing. In March, the St. Petersburg-based duo Glyuklya and Tsaplya (the playful pseudonyms of artists Natalya Pershina-Yakimanskaya and Olga Yegorova, together known as the Factory of Found Clothing) became the recipients of the Black Square prize. Sponsored by the Art Moscow foundation, the award includes a 5,000-euro cash prize and the opportunity to mount a noncommercial solo show during the fair.

"Igor's Mania" tells the true story of Igor Vikhorev, a resident of postwar Leningrad who was largely unremarkable except for his obsessive fondness for photographing his wife mounting him and other people and objects. Unsettled by her husband's fetish, Vikhorev's wife left him. The despondent photographer turned to alcoholism and died several years later, leaving behind a strange album of collages that inserted his former wife into magazine pictures of the circus, a Central Asian bazaar and other scenes. Pershina-Yakimanskaya and Yegorova, who were given Vikhorev's archive by one of his relatives, were intrigued by the psychoanalytic implications of the photographer's fetish -- and his "gynophobia" -- for the collective Russian subconscious.

"That is what Russians usually think is meant by feminism," Pershina-Yakimanskaya said dryly as she manned the exhibition space on Wednesday.The Factory of Found Clothing's body of work displays a long-running interest in half-forgotten people and objects, and how they relate to individual and collective fantasies. In their 2005 film "Scarlet Sails," shot in an abandoned garment factory near St. Petersburg, black-and-white women struggle over a bright red sail in a melancholy postscript to lost ideals of a workers' utopia."Igor's Mania" also expresses the artists' sympathy for the "little people," but its interactive dimension -- Pershina-Yakimanskaya and Yegorova sit on site and encourage visitors to pose -- extends it to the viewers.

"Posing can be a way for people to understand their relationships," Pershina-Yakimanskaya said. For all the attention to the audience, Vikhorev is still the central figure of the work. In a foil to Art Moscow, which foregrounds the market relationship between the artist, artwork and viewer, "Igor's Mania" uses Vikhorev's story to highlight the inner motivations for making art. And in an the affectionate handwritten letter to Vikhorev at the entrance to the exhibition space, Tsaplya and Glyuklya rehabilitate a forgotten eccentric by indicating the potential worth of his obsession for other people.

Art Moscow runs to Sun. at the Central House of Artists, located at 10 Krymsky Val. Metro Park Kultury, Oktyabrskaya. Tel. 238-9634/1245. "Igor's Mania" (Maniya Igorya) is on the second floor in Hall 25.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Things I've been up to!

Well, I know that it has been super long but I thought I'd give a quick update of what I've been up to.

  1. For starters, I'm back from my super quick trip of Munich after my exhibition there. All my tapestries did make it back to me in one piece which is great! The image is of the Lowenbrau lion who lived at my hotel in Munich!

I've also got a work in the Toyota Community Spirit Gallery in the exhibition, New Days. The tapestry is 'I wanted to start a revolution' which is already sold but it's great that it has finally been shown.

I'm also madly trying to get my butt into gear for a show with John Hendriks in late May. Madness I know, there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day!

Oh and I bought the last season of Twin Peaks on DVD so I've also been playing lounge lizard with my boy.

More updates soon when I'm not juggling so much stuff! I wanted to be a burlesque performer, not a clown!


Thursday, February 22, 2007

Envelope series - new work added

This is a new work that forms part of my on-again/off-again envelope series. It was kinda inspired by the 'Once upon a time' writings.
This collage may be woven, the green will be challenging as I always find green difficult to weave (don't ask me why!) but heck I'll give it ago!

Stasi Inspiration - The Lives of Others

A week or so ago, I went and saw the movie 'The Lives of Others' at ACMI which in a word was fantastic! I think that I started to become a little obsessed with the idea of listening in on others conversations and watching people's lives which essentially what we all do. I guess it has similarities with the whole absorption of celebrity and tabloid media as well, our continual desire to know about others everyday lives.

Anyway, this piece is about being a Stasi, there is something kinda powerful about it but also being very vunerable at the same time. This is just a working collage for a potential tapestry but the long landscape format is something that is appealing to me at the moment.

P.s - The movie, 'The Lives of Others' is up for an Oscar for foreign film, fingers crossed for it, I would love for more people to see this movie.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

New Work - Tapestry style!

This is the cartoon (the image that hangs behind my weaving as a guide) and the original collage that I am working from for the new tapestry, "Letter To You".
The image is part of a larger collage which formed part of a series of collages and envelopes. They were like small letters and images to myself or for other people.
The tapestry will be aproximately 45cm x 45cm in size, which is quite small for me. Alot of fun to weave however!

Monday, February 12, 2007

I am a picture weaving master!

Ah the joys of translation! I am a bit addicted to translating text on internet sites and seeing my artist statement for the Munich exhibition is in German, I translated it on a website into English, it has come out quite interesting...

Da German...

Meine bevorzugte Technik ist das inzwischen fast ausgestorbene Bildweben – meine Bildmotive
beziehe ich aus der Welt der Modemagazine. Vorlagen sind Collagen von Modefotos und alten
Zeichnungen, die an ältere Schichten auf Plakatwänden erinnern.
Zeit spielt eine wichtige Rolle. Der Widerspruch ist kaum zu übersehen, der zwischen dem schnellen Fluss der Bilder in unserer Wegwerfgesellschaft und der Bedächtigkeit und Langwierigkeit des Bildwebens klafft. Wer modische Kleider in Bildwebetechnik ausführt, darf sich bei Fertigstellung nicht wundern, wenn sie aus der Mode gekommen sind.
Die Arbeit des Bildwebens ist traditionell und erfordert Geschick. Mit jedem neuen Teppich, mit jedem neuen sich in einen Gobelin verwandelnden Hochglanzbild, habe ich meine Technik verbessert. Das Paradoxon jedoch, besonders vergängliche Bilder in eine besonders langwierige und dauerhafte textile Technik zu übersetzen, fasziniert mich wie am ersten Tag. Ich hoffe, damit der australischen Gobelinweberei einen neuen Impuls zu geben.
Traditionelle Gobelins erzählen von Kriegen und mythologischen Helden. Meine Wandteppiche zeigen moderne Mythen, die von Modefaszination, medialem Ruhm und Konsum handeln.

and into english...

My preferential technology is the in the meantime nearly become extinct picture weaving - I refer my motives for picture from the world of the fashion journals. Collecting mains are collages of mode photos and old designs, which remind of older layers on poster walls. Time plays an important role. The contradiction is hardly to be ignored, which gapes between the fast river of the pictures in our waste-oriented society and the Bedaechtigkeit and lengthyness of the picture weaving. Who implements fashionable dresses in picture weaving technology, may not be surprised with completion, if they came from the mode. The work of the picture weaving is traditional and requires fate. With each new carpet, with each new high polish picture transforming into a Gobelin, has I mean myself technology improved. The paradoxon however to translate particularly passing pictures into a particularly lengthy and durable textile technology fascinates me as on the first day I hopes, thereby the Australian Gobelinweberei a new impulse to give. Traditional Gobelins tells of wars and mythologischen heroes. My wall carpets show modern myths, which act of mode fascination, medialem fame and consumption.

I have to say that I'm enjoying the term 'Wall Carpets' he he!

Friday, February 9, 2007

The tapestry is finished!

Here it is! After what felt like an eternity weaving, my latest tapestry has finally been completed.

Also after much toying with what to call this latest addition to my collection, it is now titled 'Looking Back'.

It has been quite funny working on this piece as it is very different to my usual palette but still has some Miss Mardi parts of text and torn edges.

In case you're wondering the work is approximately 120cm in height and about 75cm in width.

Hope you like!

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Once upon a time, maybe never again...

Yeah, lack of sleep can either do wonders for inspiration or it can drive you absolutely bonkers!

While laying in bed last night daydreaming of things, I started writing and have completed a series of small notes that will be the basis of a new series of works in the loose working title, "Once upon a time, maybe never again..." I guess it's my usual autobiographical musings on life/love/chances and drinking. How things never really turn out the way you want them and then pow! it socks it to you and something pretty fantastic can happen.

Here they are, and yeah, I do tend to wear my heart on my sleeve but I was once told that a truth told in art is a truth read by viewers. I think that's about right.

p.s - sorry to those who can recognise themselves, you know who you are!

I once fell in love with a man called Josh.
He called me angel but then he left for Kabul to save the world.
~ Not me.

I once had a man, a house, a cat and all the other stuff.
I then walked away so I could breathe.
~ and stop the lies.

A man called Chris once told me he loved me.
Turns out he didn’t but he couldn’t tell me why.

I was once in love with a gay man. He made me feel incredible but he was very sick and miles away.

I once met a guy at a pub.
I felt like I knew him all my life.
I didn’t want to fall in love but I did.
It was only a week and a half

A guy called Mark told me that he loved me so much he had trouble describing it.
I really believe him.

I once lived a lie, then I started telling myself the truth.
I think I’m happier now.

I once met a silly man from Dublin.
He told me I was the most beautiful girl in the world.
I feel sick when I think of him.

I met a man that was a team player.
He said it was us against the world baby and that we would win,
~ I think our odds are pretty good.

and a big shout out to Sandra, who's work I totally love and has inspired me to start making pictures again as well as write!


Madly weaving - trying to get this tapestry finished!

Here are some photos that the amazing Cendrine took while I am madly trying to get this tapestry finished.
It's pretty funny as I think of this as my 'turning point' tapestry as it's quite different to any of the other works I have done, especially in colour palette. Also, the girl is blonde!! Shock horror, she's normally a brunette (gee, wonder why?!)
I haven't decided on a title just yet, it's under the working title of 'That 80s tapestry' mostly due to the fluro yellow involved but it has been loads of fun!

Weaving away....

We love gifts that you can drink!

The excitement of Zubrowka, one of the best Polish vodkas invented.
I'm sorry for the crazy angle on the picture too! Those pesty paparazzi!!!

The look of love, is in your eyes....
or is it in the paper bag?! and my martini glass is empty!

More festivities and drinks...

There was much finger pointing as to who would go to the bar next, being the birthday gal and wearing a killer pair of heels, I didn't appear to get up at all only to shmooze my way around the table to the guests.
Also with the paparazzi in tow, we were told that they were giving us cheap and dodgy vodka, then that there was no Belvedere vodka left! Hence our looks of horror!

Miss Mollie Moscow's birthday bash

Although Miss Mollie's birthday kicked off at midnight with some champagne courtesy of the very sneaky Cendrine (her eyes are peaking out at the bottom corner) - here we are attempting to make our way to the bar at about 3pm in the arvo for the first of many martinis. It was also quite chilly in Melbourne on this day which allowed for my KGB issue Ushanka to be pulled out for the day!
And many 'cheers' and clinking of martini glasses!

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