Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Reinventing The Weal
As the end of the year nears, I'm looking forward to finishing my last enamel paintings – a couple of Dangerous Career Babes commissions (no more will be accepted after the end of this month), an unusual version in reflective vinyl and enamel of one of my iconic Lake Eyre images, and a large, 3.0m by 2.5m self-portrait. The work I've done in the medium this year has been among my best but enamel's harsh, corrosive vapour is dangerous to my health. I need a break. Besides, as I've written before, I have a number of other, non-painting projects I'd like to get under way over the next twelve months.I want to experiment with sculpture, video and photograph, neither in that order nor necessarily in the same context. I have only just begun to loosen some of the formalistic shackles that encumber my painting but I'm free of them whenever I pick up a camera or assemble the natural, organic components of my sculpture. I'm still self-obsessed enough to want to construct work that reflects the complicated (and sometimes contradictory) narrative of my life but less familiar media encourage me to be less obvious about it. I am also going to explore publishing: as well as a handful of limited edition portfolios and chapbooks, I'm attempting an autobiography (of sorts) for a well-regarded Australian publisher.