I have not posted in a while as I have been paying much needed attention to the garden. Apples to be picked and tomatoes to be bottled [the first time I have tried this]. On Thursday we will sow broad beans and garlic to settle down and do what they do over winter. This image was from my first harvest in 2012… worth showing off again!
At the end of last year I made a (tentative) commitment to only making new art or objects from stuff and materials that had accumulated in my house. January was good. Not so much February. I had to buy gilding paste and Indian ink. But I did manage to make a new storage pot for the studio from tins that had been amassing.
I finished this work this morning…well, I think I’ve finished it but I always need a few days to sit with a new image to see if there are any areas that need to be added/addressed. It is the first of the large works that I have made incorporating a polka dot background. If I decide that I am happy with how the layers sit I am going to try for a ’works on paper’ competition due next Friday. I’ll let it percolate over the weekend along with much pondering.
The last large format work I made was for my June 2013 show at Penny Contemporary and it was equally busy. Initially this busyness made me a tad uncomfortable and I was planning to cut it up, but it sold on opening night. If in doubt, don’t cut it up!
Steph Houstein: Bonescape 81, 2014, 80x120cm, silkscreen & mixed media.
Bonescape 51, 80x120cm, silkscreen & mixed media. Currently can be viewed in the lounge gallery of The Henry Jones Art Hotel, Hobart Tasmania
All dressed up and no where to go 56x76cm, silkscreen, 2012.
Last week I sold this work. As I had printed it back in 2012 it has taken a while. Someone saw it and understood…as I said, sometimes it takes a while for the right person to come along. YAY you!!!
I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.
The fabulous Henry Jones Art Hotel are currently hosting a Friday night pop-up jazz club featuring the equally fabulous Tom Vincent.
I have large and small framed works in the gallery lounge space for the duration of this concert series.
March 7 &14, 8pm - 10.30pm. Catch it while you can.
And then these objects do provide inspiration to make work.
If I die before I wake… silkscreen 50 x 70cm, edition of 8
All these cushions (and hot water bottle) have been gifts so it is always hard to cull…but no more! Unless of course it is a real skull…
I am constantly trying to rid ‘stuff’ and clutter from my life. Contemporary pop culture offers up many, many objects of desire for the would be skull artist but in my case, objects of desire that the FRIENDS of a would be skull artist thinks she needs…
Really I don’t need any of it but they are cute. I just wish I didn’t have to dust them.
As any artist knows, we accumulate WAY too much stuff just on the off chance that we might use it for making art or objects . Of course I am guilty of this and I’ve always had a hard time throwing away proofing sheets when I am printing. These are not even ‘artist proofs’ which have a value but rough proofs printed on butchers paper. For the last couple of years I have used them for gift wrapping paper. Although received with much enthusiasm I am less than impressed with people’s response of ‘I can frame this’! (YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!) Butchers paper is not archival, it yellows, becomes brittle and cracks.
I am now running out of these proofs and so instead of giving as wrapping paper, with what I have left I have started covering boxes (yep, can’t throw these out either) with these proofs. These boxes are the start of another project/idea I had at the end end of 2013, committing to a year of only making new work with the art materials/stuff/equipment I currently have. As it is almost to the end of January and I am now brave enough to commit to pap…blog. Let’s see if I can manage through February.
Strange, friends don’t want to buy the print, but will part with dollars for a box.