Monday, August 12, 2013

Time Out

In between sampling the many and varied delights of this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (personal MIFF standouts include The Patience Stone, Shirley - Visions of Reality, Blancanieves, Wadja and the short film The Amber Amulet) we’ve also managed to fit in some theatre visits: Victorian Opera’s inspired and inspiring staging of Einstein on the Beach by Phillip Glass and their glorious production of Sunday in the Park with George by Stephen Sondheim. Our theatrical feast concluded last Saturday night when we experienced the breathtaking Botanica by legendary ballet company Momix.

On the drawing board: reference material, working drawings and lino blocks drawn up and ready for cutting.
Lino blocks L-R: Hover Fly Winged Woman and Spider Hunting Wasp Woman

Somehow I've also managed to make time for my own work (see above). With October’s Wonder Room group exhibition looming relatively soon after my solo show, I haven't been able to take a proper break. But a concentrated block of self-imposed "interruptions" has provided some much needed time out. I’ve been working at a slower, but steady pace, whilst being fed, nourished and rejuvenated by a plethora of rich theatrical and cinematic treats. It was time out I couldn't really afford; ironically, I'm sure my work is all the better for it.