She Rocks

River Rest

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Wareamah, a woman’s space artist book

This artist book was painted during a one week stay on the island in May 2023

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Wareamah, a women’s space

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High Time For Tea

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Article 1 of the Declaration & why the definition of woman must be based on sex

Here I am speaking to the Women’s Sex Based Rights Declaration about Article 1 .

I demonstrate the similarities between male perpetrators of violence against women and trans rights activists. I use artworks that I have created during my 45 years of working with victims of male violence. The artwork consists of water colour paintings, artist book installations, and fabric banners.

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We Dared To Live It

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What Value A Stitch?

What Value A Stitch?

What Value A Stitch?

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Art On Crown

As part of the refurnishing of the Crown St Mall I was one of 4 artists employed by Wollongong Council to develop art works on 12 panels with community groups.

Denimgong is a 4 panel panorama made from recycled jeans.Denimgong

 

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Viva Think Peace

How exciting,today the mural was attached to the side wall of the Wollongong Town Hall by two amazons with a crane. Edith, Sand and I hung around the square and cafe to watch and record the event. Friends dropped by to offer encouragement .Phew! It goes up smoothly and looks great. As an artist, I wish I could make a few changes but I can leave it. I am proud my work and the achievement of completing such a challenging and awesome painting. Thanks to my studio assistants Edith for painting and Sand for helping move panels and photograph the process. Yahoo!

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Think Peace

I have been busy painting a mural for a public space in the Wollongong arts precinct for the 2011 viva La Gong celebrations with a theme of Spirit and Place.
The mural is 5 x 5metres a total 25 sq metres…that’s a lot of paint. The image is a peace rose. I haven’t worked this big for a long time and working with a known and familiar image of the rose,( my bus shelters and the bouquet series), made the challenge manageable
When the 8 2.5 x 1.25 panels were delivered I really started to see the massiveness of the project. I started with white undercoat to cover Josh’s mainly black painting. I decided on a peace rose. My studio could only take one panel at a time, horizontal on the table with one standing vertically leaning against the wall. I started with a charcoal drawing which I graphed up and transposed one at a time onto the 8 panels, making the leap from black and white to colour.
Edith helped paint until her asthma and hospitalisation stopped her participation.
When I finally got a dry sunny day and we laid it out in the only space large enough..there was one petal mismatch which was easily fixed. I put a few more layers of darks and lights and got a new appreciation for the aboriginal desert women I had seen sitting on the ground painting. The outdoor challenges included lots of plant matter sticking in the paint, dark staining bird poo (lots) a constantly moving dappled shadow sending me into a trance and always having a distorted view despite standing on my tallest ladder. I had underestimated the physical impact on my ageing body, several times needing heat packsand pain killer untill I learned to limit my hours. All that crouching while moving around..and tryiing not to tread on wet work, bobbing up and down to get paint!
I look forward to seeing it upright. It goes up Friday 27th in the morning and there is an opening walk to see all the new works Thursday 10th November at 6.30 and ending at Pig Alley with an event.

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