Tuesday, April 28, 2020


His Brilliant Careers

"Actor Sam Neill is a Kiwi but has done much of his best work in Australia. He talks life, love and his other grand obsession: making wine."

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Monday, August 20, 2018

Inspiration from an Australian C20th Woman Artist

Inspiration from an amazing Australian C20th Woman Artist

Impressions made and Transcript extracts spoken by the artist!

Words alone cannot describe

Story by HappyMelbourne

Can an artist define her adopted country? I would like to present Rosalie Gascoigne (1917–1999), a New Zealand / Australian artist, who began a full on art career at the age of 57 years. Using assemblages of found objects taken from the landscape surrounding her country home, she clearly has the gift to connect with the hearts of her audience. I confess that last week I flew 3500 kms across Australia just to feel the intensity of her work. I could say that I love her perceptive, quirky humour, and that the work taps directly into the complex timeless poetry the Australian landscape; but words alone cannot describe the qualities of this remarkable artist.

Rosalie Gascoigne (1917-1999)

(Educational/Reference Material Resources)


(from) TAPE 3 (http://www.australianbiography.gov.au/subjects/gascoigne/interview3.html)
Is this associated, this kind of personal freedom, associated in your mind with the Australian landscape...
Yes, it is. It's the width. It's the width and the rock under your feet and the high sky. And you're on your own a bit, you see. So you've got to - it's like I always say that an artist is like someone in the desert - metaphorical desert - and there's nothing there unless you put it there yourself. See it's all inside you, what you can put. And that's what art is. You're there in the desert, you can't draw, you can't paint, you can't do anything. You take the lot of you. Whatever you can't do, and all you're governed by is by what you want. You see, you've got to know what you want. 
Were you doing any arrangements of these that you showed other people?
I didn't ever show anybody. People came in to look. But they didn't understand mostly, the people that were there, why you liked something or why you didn't like something. And it takes decades to get yourself independent of other people's preferences. Especially if you're vulnerable like that. And I think I was plenty vulnerable. And it took you some time to sort out. And that's all you've got, you see. In the end, if you go for other people's appreciation, it passes and you change anyway. So you have to go for your own, whatever you like. And that's what makes you different in the end, because everybody is born different. They conform very quickly, to - for self-defense I think. I think they do.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A quote about what Art is/isn't and the artist ~ the creator, the maker

A quote about what Art is/isn't and the artist ~ the creator, the maker 
"An artist is someone who uses bravery, insight, creativity, and boldness to challenge the status quo.

And an artist takes it (all of it, the work, the process, the feedback from those we seek to connect with) personally.
Art isn’t a result; it’s a journey. The challenge of our time is to find a journey worthy of your heart and your soul.…

Art is a project; it is not a place. You will build your dream house and it will burn down.
You will start your business and it will succeed, until it doesn’t, and then you’ll move on.
You will stand onstage and speak from the heart, and some people in the audience (perhaps just one person in the audience) won’t get you, won’t accept you, won’t embrace you.

That’s what art is.

Art is a leap into the void, a chance to give birth to your genius and to make magic where there was no magic before." ~ Seth Godin

Source Ref. http://blog.researchdevelop.org/post/47862926675/seth-godin-we-are-all-artists-now

'Pathway of Journeys'
Mixed-media artwork
by ©Kerryn Madsen-Pietsch


Monday, January 30, 2017

Art Article at the Arts Hub

Raising the status of the artist

By Deborah Stone artsHub | Thursday, September 27, 2012

"It’s time artists stopped minimizing the value of what they do and looking for external ways to justify the value of the arts.

That’s the view of Australia Council chair Rupert Myer. In his first interview since taking up the role three months ago, Myer told artsHub it was time to value ‘art for art’s sake’.

He sees a key role for the Australia Council as raising the status of the artist in Australian society. ‘We have no trouble making heroes out of many people in our community but the voice of the artist is not as amplified as it could be and should be and the outcome of creative work generally isn’t given the accord and the status it is awarded in some other communities."