Most of my Broometime has been studio time but a few public things have dragged me away from the paint, threads, tools and thoughts. Lychee and mango beer along with an array of solid local friends kept my social skills somehow operational. First up was a fund raiser where I donated two works to Environs Kimberely art auction in July. Both were studies for the series I currently work on called NOPERSONSLAND. The stimulus came from my trip to the Korean DMZ border zone I visited back in 2012. My strange exotic green landscapes were bought so funds were added to this very worthy cause. (www.environskimberely.com)
An ABC Kimberely radio interview was done early August. I was invited to select 5 pieces of music that would give some springboard to my wandering life. Not easy to pick just 5 tunes to cover the 55 years I have been on planet earth. What bands did I pick? The Saints, Wild Pumpkins at Midnight, The Fall, Xylouris White and Gotan Project.
Next up was the Corrugated Lines festival - An annual festival of words where authors are invited to Broome to chat about words, books and other literary bits. I performed some sort of travelogue reading from my UNSTILL LIFE book at the popular Aarli Bar one Friday night. After which I went to see live Saltwater music. Local bands doing their aural things at Cable beach.
Mid August saw me exhibiting new work at the charming Short Street Gallery Bungalow space. My Mudmaps were tacked to the wall with framed dark spice markets from India, drunken trees from Russia, spiritscapes from Thailand and some grottos from Argentina. This mini show was well attended by an assortment of folk all in fine dry season spirits! I almost needed a map to walk home…