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In the direction that one is facing

Recently landed: In the direction that one is facing, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia) takes a look at a suite of prints currently being created as part of French Connections

French Connections process at the Australian Print Workshop

“In a little yellow house with green door and shutters”

Recently landed: “In a little yellow house with green door and shutters”, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia), part 3, in Amsterdam, post French Connections

And so we walked and walked the curves of Amsterdam, before ending up at a market where we feasted on a potato and spinach gözleme made over a griddle with the second nature swiftness and assurance of hand like a bird on the wing

And so we walked and walked the curves of Amsterdam, before ending up at a market where we feasted on a potato and spinach gözleme made over a griddle with the second nature swiftness and assurance of hand like a bird on the wing

French Connections, rewound

In May this year, French Connections commenced with a two-week study tour of Paris.

French Connections is part of an international project instigated and led by Anne Virgo OAM, Director of Australian Print Workshop, which aims to generate a significant body of work in the print medium.

We were thrilled to be invited, alongside two other artists, Martin Bell and Megan Cope, and now that we have returned, we are keen to make new work inspired by all the incredible material we saw, collections we explored, and places we scampered through. 

But before we do, rewind to see the story so far,
French Connections, part 1
French Connections, part 2
French Connections, part 3
French Connections, part 4
French Connections, part 5
French Connections, part 6
French Connections, part 7

Inspired by the theories of the ‘state of nature’ expounded by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, La Hameau de la Reine was built between 1783 and 1786, under the supervision of Richard Mique, and drew influence from the traditional rustic architecture of Normandy, replete with a decorative windmill, dovecote, and dairy

Inspired by the theories of the ‘state of nature’ expounded by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, La Hameau de la Reine was built between 1783 and 1786, under the supervision of Richard Mique, and drew influence from the traditional rustic architecture of Normandy, replete with a decorative windmill, dovecote, and dairy

Ver-sighed

Recently landed: Ver-sighed, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia), part 7, takes a closer look at a recent study tour to Paris as part of a project with the Australian Print Workshop and the National Gallery of Australia

Like an El Lissitzky innovation, we made Paris our ‘proun’, a “construction to be looked at from all sides: from above, from below, and from around”

Like an El Lissitzky innovation, we made Paris our ‘proun’, a “construction to be looked at from all sides: from above, from below, and from around”

Up!

Recently landed: Up!, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia) takes a closer look at a recent commission, A Weight of Albatross.

We’ve seen albatrosses come back with their belly full of food for their young. You think it’s going to be squid, but it’s plastic. That chick is going to starve and die.
— Sir David Attenborough (on plastic pollution)

Paris Opera Ballet to awake the sense of wonder

Recently landed: Paris Opera Ballet to awake the sense of wonder, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia), part 6, takes a closer look at a recent study tour to Paris as part of a project with the Australian Print Workshop and the National Gallery of Australia

The movements of spring, summer, autumn, and winter, rose, blew, rippled, and shook, and we took shelter beneath Chagall’s painted ceiling, on fold-down place in the Orchestra seats (image credit: Anne Virgo)

Golden animals

Recently landed: Golden animals, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia), part 5, takes a closer look at a recent study tour to Paris as part of a project with the Australian Print Workshop and the National Gallery of Australia

Since visiting the Musée Fragonard d’Alfort, whenever we rub our temples we will picture them blue like the painted skulls on display

Since visiting the Musée Fragonard d’Alfort, whenever we rub our temples we will picture them blue like the painted skulls on display

In the archives

Recently landed: In the archives, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia), part 4, takes a closer look at a recent study tour to Paris as part of a project with the Australian Print Workshop and the National Gallery of Australia

Deep within the Musée des Archives nationales

Deep within the Musée des Archives nationales

A Weight of Albatross, installed

Up! Up! Up they went.

After the building had closed, with birds and crimps under wing, we tiptoed into Realm, with Richard Holt, to install our commissioned work, A Weight of Albatross. We woke our rookery of albatross(es)* from their bubble wrap nests, and began threading the piece together, with a map for guidance. By 11pm, our two stainless steel and fourteen frosted perspex birds were in place.

Watch: A Weight of Albatross being installed at Realm, time-lapse video (courtesy of City of Maroondah)

Realm, Ringwood Town Square, 179 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood

Installing  A Weight of Albatross

Installing A Weight of Albatross

* The most common collective noun for a group of albatross is a rookery, but a weight is also accepted, and though the OED preferences albatrosses as the plural, Collins and Merriam-Webster are happy to fly with albatross. So a weight it is, A Weight of Albatross, because it sounds more poetic to our ears.

Included in our weight you will find a Wandering albatross (Diomedea exulans), Southern royal albatross (Diomedea epomophora), Laysan albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis), Black-browed albatross (Thalassarche melanophris), Shy albatross (Thalassarche cauta), Grey-headed albatross (Thalassarche chrysostoma), Indian yellow-nosed albatross (Thalassarche carteri), Sooty albatross (Phoebetria fusca), and a Buller’s albatross (Thalassarche bulleri).

In Josephine’s garden, in search of black swans

Recently landed: In Josephine’s garden, in search of black swans, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia), part 3, takes a closer look at a recent study tour to Paris as part of a project with the Australian Print Workshop and the National Gallery of Australia

Whether before Josephine’s le cygne noir at Malmaison or in the reading room at the Louvre , one crouches for a closer look, iPhone or magnifying lens in hand, and listens to the floorboards creak as one pads across the room, presence detected

Whether before Josephine’s le cygne noir at Malmaison or in the reading room at the Louvre, one crouches for a closer look, iPhone or magnifying lens in hand, and listens to the floorboards creak as one pads across the room, presence detected

A room with a view, quite

Recently landed: A room with a view, quite, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia), part 2, takes a closer look at a recent study tour to Paris as part of a project with the Australian Print Workshop and the National Gallery of Australia

With Voltaire in the crypt below my feet and in my ear, ‘the more I read, the more I acquire, the more certain I am that I know nothing’

French Connections

Recently landed: French Connections, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia) takes a closer look at a recent study tour to Paris as part of a project with the Australian Print Workshop and the National Gallery of Australia

The joy of Henri Matisse’s  La Danse  at the Musée d’Art Moderne  is doubled when you catch Centre national de danse contemporaine d’Angers (Robert Swinston) rehearsing Merce Cunningham’s  Event #7

The joy of Henri Matisse’s La Danse at the Musée d’Art Moderne is doubled when you catch Centre national de danse contemporaine d’Angers (Robert Swinston) rehearsing Merce Cunningham’s Event #7

“The poets almost remind me of the trumpeters”

Recently landed: “The poets almost remind me of the trumpeters”, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia) looks at a new commission at Realm through the ears of Mozart's Requiem

Frosted Perspex offcuts, from A Weight of Albatross, on the working table (#AWeightofAlbatross)

A Weight of Albatross

Recently landed: A Weight of Albatross, a new article on Marginalia (by Gracia) looks at a new commission at Realm

In progress, A Weight of Albatross, at Realm, Maroondah City Council’s new library, cultural, knowledge and innovation centre, Ringwood Town Square, Victoria