I was very inspired by the collection tour with Jen [Jennifer Thompson, Collections Manager], especially Doris and merric’s pottery, a lot of drawings of pots and jugs grew from that and the walk around the homestead collection.
I spent a long time walking each day in the bush and thought a lot about the narratives found and hidden in the landscape.
While I was here I also conducted 8 zooms with other female painters and discussed the tensions in painting such as freedom vs containment, loose vs tight, wild vs domestic, etc.
I spent one day by the river drawing fish and their shadows and dragonflies.
A lot of the work I made is exploring narrative and what compels us to paint an image on a canvas or a pot, to record it in history.
It has been a hugely generative and inspiring time and I really hope I get to return again in the future.