I cleared quarantine with my family mid-September and then we moved into a temporary apartment for two months. We used that time in the city centre to navigate the bureaucracy of settling in and re-establishing residency after a long absence. Covid19 delays and protocols slowed the process and there were a few road blocks to navigate but it is mostly done! The dogs arrived safely which was a great relief and an even more complicated process than our relocation from Europe. We are now settling into our shabby and sweet terrace house and planning renovation. Almost all of my artworks, with the rest of our belongings, sit in a sea container at Botany. I am hoping the effort of scrubbing every shoe sole and boot, thoroughly cleaning the tent and carefully sorting through every item to remove any stray leaves or shells has paid off and they will soon release our goods.
I have a new studio in Newtown, Sydney where I am starting to draw and paint from memory the clearing in De Pauuw. I’ve started photographing sites around Sydney which I would like to draw in plein air. And I am actively seeking work as well! Art or education, or art education, something active and challenging and perhaps social.
I have the possibility of an exhibition in late January in a Sydney city gallery space so stay tuned! I will be showing the works that were meant to hang in May at Pulchri in The Hague.
There is a wonderful and breathtaking Streeton exhibition at the AGNSW. It is very exciting to see these works hanging together. It must have been a mammoth effort to negotiate and curate. Look closely at the works and you will see the beginnings of so many great Australian painters from the twentieth century, Boyd, Blackman, Olsen, Whitely, Williams. Get in among the brush marks and have a close look!