|Cicada, Sunday night at my friend's house, December 2014|
|Cicada, teaspoon and leg, December 2014|
|India Zegan 'October, 2012' (2014)| Materials: Plywood, Archival Fabriano paper 200gsm & colour pencils| Measurement along combined top edges= 17cm x height: 21cm|
'October 2012' (2014) is a new work that I completed today and will be submitting for the Stone Villa fundraiser which happens this coming Friday night, 19 December, 2014 at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Camperdown. All works sell for $50. All funds raised go to support their forthcoming Stone Villa Wearable Art Prize, 2015.
Stone Villa is a studio initiative that aims to provide affordable studio rents to studio artists. As a not-for-profit studio complex, this project is generously supported by Marrickville Council. For readers not familiar with the studio scenario in Sydney, such initiatives are rare in Sydney. If you are a Sydney based artist, keep a tab on Stone Villa website. There's a call out twice a year for Visual Artists to apply for a free six month studio residency at Stone Villa.
Salmagundi Studios: I'm luckier than most in this regard- at least for the time being. My current studio is located within the 20+ mixed discipline studios at Salmagundi. That said, our position is best described as tenuous, as Wolli Creek (suburb) is currently being transformed into a medium density high rise apartment landscape. All studio holders pay current market rent.
As a mixed discipline studio, Salmagundi accommodates a variety of visual artists, robotics engineers, artisans, designers and project-based associates. Each studio holder has successfully managed to calibrate their paid work load (the day job...), so that over 80% of studio holders are able to commit a full time load or as close as possible, depending on project brief and scope of the project. Work undertaken in the studios includes: engineering projects (predominantly 3D film, theatre, tv and event based projects), commercial design (2 and 3D), decorative art and furniture restoration, metal work, graphic design, print media and visual art. Salmagundi has also recently started providing art classes to adults living with a disability and other groups.
While all of this sounds great, it is inevitable that the building will be sold for redevelopment within the next 12 months. If any one has any bright ideas regarding rehousing 20 artists in an industrial building, please contact Dillon McEwan via the new Salmagundi.org blog:
|Photo notes: With the 4th wall 'closed', I am able to unfurl 'long' works in progress. December, 2014|