Sunday, August 26, 2012

A beating heart

Weaving throughout my ghost series will be pale hints of anatomical references – the diagram of a heart; creeping bronchioles like ivy; the glimpse of a skeletal ribcage.

The rhythmic beating of our heart and the constant intake of breath are what keep us alive, and we do these actions automatically, without thinking. My “ghosts” would have lost these vital functions, having passed into flimsy intangibility.

Their mouths gape for the intake of breath that will not come; their ribs guard a hollow shell, devoid of a human heart.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Phasmids and Plankton

Some sketches and quick watercolours completed at various Natural History Museums around Europe.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Traveling Exhibition

During the two months that my watercolours were on display at the Eszterház Palace, I received a lot of positive feedback, trickling through to me via the grapevine. I was always particularly thrilled when an academic or art professor showed particular interest and appreciation. I was lucky enough to catch the attention of an Art Restorator, who I managed to stump with my particular layering technique. Through his recommendation my little show caught the attention of one of the directors at the Nádasdy Castle down in Sárvár – infamous for having been the home of Countess Elizabeth Báthory and her husband Count Ferenc Nádasdy.

My body of work “Elillanó Mesevilág” (A delicate Disillusionment) has traveled to be on exhibit at the Nádasdy Castle for the next three weeks. I was honoured to have my best friend all the way from Australia able to attend the opening reception with me.

I'm about to head off on a week-long caving tour of the beautiful World-Heritage listed Aggtelek caves - so no updates for a while! Take care darlings....

Sunday, August 12, 2012


Based in the heart of Europe I'm trying to remember to take advantage of the amazing museums (relatively) close by. After the residency, my good friend Laura and I managed to squeeze in a quick trip to Vienna before the opening of my second Solo Exhibition.

We visited the Wien museum to be inspired by the incredible drawings and sketches from Klimt's career. Reminded of just how important drawing everyday is, we pulled out our sketchbooks and began filling them with studies, jotting down ideas and concepts. A good exhibition is like food for the mind, I find myself nourished and brimming with ideas for future projects.

Then we spent an entire day at the unbelievably incredible Natural History Museum. With both of us showing a strong interest in biology and nature, we were simply blown away, and stayed for over 9 hours sketching in this brilliant museums. Minerals and crystals, strange insects and microscopic plankton, fossilized trilobites and amphibians, to species sadly only recently extinct, the pages of our sketchbooks filled with thin hasty lines, eager to capture as much as we could in our time there.

The final day saw us head to "rest" at the Schönbrunn palace gardens, hanging out in the beautiful Palm Greenhouse. Both the Schönbrunn greenhouse and the Albertina Palm-House reminded me of some sort of fantastical Victorian building, taken over by plants and lost in the jungle, rediscovered far in the future.

Filled with new ideas, we headed back to Hungary for my exhibition in the Nádasdy Castle.
More on that later!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


My ghostly apparitions, painted during my latest residency stay.

Temporary hunger / mullandó éhség
70 x 50 cm / watercolour on paper

All the terrible things we've done / az összes rém tettünk
 100 x 70 cm / watercolour on paper

Please don't ask me why / kérlek, ne kérdezd, hogy miért
100 x 70 cm / watercolour on paper

Silent cries / csendes kiálltások
50 x 30 cm / watercolour on paper

I don't know where I've been / nem tudom, hogy hól voltam
50 x 30 cm / watercolour on paper