Thank you to curators Manda Jean and Sam Emery for inviting me to take part in the 'Connections - Stories of the Melbourne Landscape' group show, on at Tree Paper Comics in the Docklands from June 1st til June 23rd.
I revisited three pieces I'd put aside over a year ago, connecting them to my home of Melbourne by seeking hints of spatial and temporal essence then implanting, building and developing them to form a new creation of specific cultural identity; giving the hollow pieces purpose, like looking at a Rorschach of your own making, and in doing so uniting a past self to the new you and using the gulf as inspiration.
I know that's real wanky, but that's because I really just painted some more bits on three old paintings I really liked but which were meaningless haha. By giving these paintings titles it became obvious what they needed to be complete. I'm really grateful I was able to revive these works as the patterns and mark makings I was exploring at the time completely informed 'Cosmic Ocean'. They've now jumped forward in time and have taken inspiration from their successors. Love it.
Flinders Street Station, Six o’Clock, 2018
Hamer Hall Over the Yarra - 2018
Manhole, Collins Street Afternoon - 2018