Jun 032011
 

Art school is all about timing. The year I finished I remember that the debate of Art vs. Craft was still heated and divisive. I think mainly because Craftspeople thought they were getting a crummy deal. Artists were swooning around being important and “informed” whereas the “Crafties” were dismissed as “decorative or functional”. I remember Ken Waugh, my lecturer in Art history opening an exhibition where he mentioned that we were dangerously close to the “Macrame belt of Melbourne” ( Warrandyte). Anyway, the more I thought about this, the more I needed to make a statement about where I thought the difference was.

So I did the obvious and treated the two doormats according to their function i.e Art or Craft.

 

May 282011
 

 

“Siege” was an installation for the 200 Gertrude Street studio artists Christmas Show. I tried to demonstrate how many artists and art institutions took on a siege mentality. Materials used in the work included 188 cans, a .22 caliber rifle, telephone and learned text about Foucault…