Cultural diversity on British TV
I am in London for a short time on a personal and professional project organised by ACME Studios to investigate how notions of art and cultural difference have developed since the 1980’s. http://www.acme.org.uk/international/assoc-artist-res
British TV, awful from what I have seen, nevertheless appears to reflect the diversity of Britain, unlike Australian TV. I liked the ad with a black family in a car who notice a bad smell and get out. The source of which turns out to be their dog, a gorgeous spaniel with its head out the window on the back seat .
The Revolutionary, 102 x 87 cm, oil, 2016
Obama-a reluctant voice on race
The following watercolour/gouache/conte studies were produced during a month long residency at Cairns Botanical Gardens/Tanks Arts Centre during Nov-Dec 2014. The theme Tropica was appropriated from the title of a book on exotic plants in the Friend’s library at the gardens-it represented tropical plants and often used photographs of the local people wearing or holding plants in a manner reminiscent of early colonial anthropology and photography. My other research looked at the early plant hunters and botanical classification and I collected specimens from the gardens, went bird watching, completed drawings and took many photos-the small studies were completed back in the studio. While in Cairns I read Amitav Ghosh’s the The Glass Palace and the even better The Hungry Tide-this follows a few books on the history of the East India Company-it goes without saying my interest in colonial history and post-colonial writing has been an influence on my image making.
Spike Lee’s artwork
Artist in Residence, Cairns Botanical Gardens/Tanks Arts Centre
I was asked to comment on Abdul’s work by Rudabah Abbass from Al Jazzera in sunny London.
The passing of Gordon Bennett
I was deeply saddened by this news-what an amazing legacy of work he has left us.
Hanif Kureishi: The migrant has no face, status or story
The demonisation of migrants and asylum seekers by the Australian government has resulted in their incarceration in Naru and Manus Island -a kind of ‘out of sight, out of mind’ while the European election results would indicate this is a global phenomenon.