Monday, December 14, 2009
Life Is On The Wire
I dropped off the grid for a week. I needed time and space to think. Things change. Ideas change. I change. It was time to take account of this. It was also time to stop and take some bearings on the trail I've been cutting through a new frontier, far from the brain-numbing hubbub of an art system dominated by commercial galleries and institutional curators.I've continued to collaborate with this creaky, regurgitative system from time to time but it's left me unhappy. I can't have anything more to do with it except on terms I dictate.I am realistic enough to recognise that as long as my art is bought and sold by collectors and I depend on its value to make not just a living but more art, I'll never be able to disconnect myself from the 'market'. My paintings Dangerous Career Babe: The Terrorist and Buck (from Slightly Indecent) will be auctioned at 6:30pm this Wednesday, 16th December, at Menzies Art Brands in Sydney. The final previews are today and tomorrow. I've been thinking of going – the works above are two of my favourites and I'd like to see them one more time before they disappear.As usual, I have pre-auction nerves. Unlike some local artists, I don't have a rich husband or a representative gallery to bid secretly for my works and ensure the buoyancy of my prices. I don't bid for it myself, either. In the auction room, as everywhere else, I perform without a net.I wouldn't have it any other way.