A Heide Installation

A Heide Installation

Photograph courtesy of the artist. Sometimes I seek out works of art and other times a little invitation appears in my inbox, drawing me in to the ‘next big thing’. This one came via Heide Museum of Modern Art, letting me know of a recently installed...
So when do you throw the flowers out?

So when do you throw the flowers out?

I can’t tell you how much I love a house full of flowers. Parrot tulips and peonies are perennial favorites. As a result, I’ve got a lifetime’s collection of vases and vessels. I sometimes keep the flowers way longer than I should…to make sure...
Ev Hales-Static Motion

Ev Hales-Static Motion

                               I sometimes worry that there’s something wrong with me.  I get so excited by the artwork that I’ve seen that I can’t stop thinking...
Mike Emmett’s and Bec Jones

Mike Emmett’s and Bec Jones

NB. To make sense of this work…get the image up on your computer, and walk back ten paces…then voila! I’m bumping into more and more artists who choose photography to express their creativity.  Mike Emmett is one such artist.  His current exhibition,...
Ember Fairbairn is at Art Melbourne

Ember Fairbairn is at Art Melbourne

Isiiad is offering free tickets to Art Melbourne Friday 25th May, for two lucky people. To enter…go to Isiiad’s facebook page…if you haven’t already ‘liked’ the Isiiad page, make sure you ‘like’ the page first by...
Jesse Marlow

Jesse Marlow

Jesse Marlow, Aerial, 2012, Pure pigment print, edition of 10. © the artist and Anna Pappas Gallery I don’t think I’ve mentioned my somewhat tenuous interest in sailing… from a previous life.  At my first glimpse of Aerial (above), I saw...
Metal Madams and Mad Moments

Metal Madams and Mad Moments

This exhibition is pure unadulterated fun! As the title suggests, it includes metal, a touch of madness and just a tiny hint of kinky.  Add to that the odd licorice allsort and you’ll find yourself smiling all the way around it. Textile artist Trish Sidway...
Kate Hudson- Fourfold

Kate Hudson- Fourfold

Thankfully, The Light Factory Gallery is back in business after experiencing significant damage during the heavy rain at Christmas time.  Their latest exhibition, Fourfold, showcases the work of four printmakers associated with the Australian Print Workshop....
Michelle Mischkulnig

Michelle Mischkulnig

Who could resist the riot of colour that is a hallmark of Michelle Mischkulnig’s textiles. Judging from the huge success of her recent exhibition at Yering Station (where she sold 80% of her work), not many. She almost apologises that all of her work is...
Maudie Palmer

Maudie Palmer

Photograph ©Kerry Cross I arrived at TarraWarra Museum of Art for my interview with Maudie Palmer with a head full of curiosity, a notepad full of questions and more than my usual anticipation. As has consistently been the case at TWMA, I was shown the sort of...
Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award

Nillumbik Ekphrasis Poetry Award

Camilla TADICH©, 6.23am Kangaroo Ground  2009, oil on canvas, 94.5cm. x 125cm. framed. “Ekphrasis is a genre of poetry that explores works of art and seeks to ‘get inside’ its visual subject.”  Arguably the most famous...
Victor Greenaway

Victor Greenaway

“The passage that most caught my attention in Tim Jacob’s introduction to the 2005 book celebrating the ceramic works of Victor Greenaway concerned that moment of stillness, silence, and expectation that all artists, writers, poets, musicians and...
Karena Goldfinch

Karena Goldfinch

Karena Goldfinch© Black Wallaby Forest My dream of living by the river at Warrandyte was born way back in my childhood when the Murray River was my ‘playground’.  Any wonder that the river and trees at Warrandyte, so reminiscent of my childhood,...
The Rug Maker of Mazar-e-Sharif

The Rug Maker of Mazar-e-Sharif

Montsalvat is currently showing rugs and embroideries from the Middle East, courtesy of writer and carpet seller Najaf Mazari. Najaf is well known in High Street Prahran where he sells and restores magnificent rugs from Afghanistan. This exhibition is part of...
Montsalvat’s Peacocks

Montsalvat’s Peacocks

I’ve succumbed to the beauty of Montsalvat’s peacocks.  The much loved, oft photographed peacocks were on display when I visited a week ago and I couldn’t help myself.  Here’s the result. I was visiting Montsalvat to view the...
Warrandyte’s Longest Lunch

Warrandyte’s Longest Lunch

A definite change of pace today. Look what I spied along the river at Warrandyte, just upstream from Isiiad. Too good to pass up really. One hundred and fifty people enjoying a four course meal on a lovely autumn day amongst the gum trees and birds in my favourite...
All that is solid melts into air.

All that is solid melts into air.

Sue Saxon and Jane Becker All that is solid melts into air  (installation detail ) 2011-12 936 eggshells on light strands 600cm. x 200cm. How often do you think about the fragile beauty of an eggshell? That little natural gem is front and centre in the third...
Passages at TarraWarra Museum of Art

Passages at TarraWarra Museum of Art

Khai Liew Kokoso 2009 cabinet in American black walnut 1200 x 1200 x 500 Here’s an artistic collaboration of breathtaking elegance.  Three artists- Brian Castro, Khai Liew, John Young, three disciplines- literature, design and visual art respectively,...