Settling into Broome lifestyle once again. Salt water cowboy territory is familiar to me as I have been visiting this part of the world since 1981. The warmth is not difficult at this time of the year nor is the influx of tourists as I mostly work away in the studio with the odd adventure out into the social world.
One social event was the excellent Environs Kimberley Fundraising art auction which attracts a lot of art, a lot of buyers and a lot of fun each year. Over the years it has been most successful and certainly helps this fine cause. www.environskimberley.org.au
My recent studio activity involved the completion of many artworks begun on the Indian Ocean. Fuzzy flags, Unclear cargo, Unnational drawings, Chains, knots, ropes and piers, Seasicksea, and Vexed vexilla. (Troubled flags)
Other works fermenting in the brain which were spawned on the ship I try to squeeze out into the physical realm. All that adds up to a fairly productive time here in the green shed studio but the big smoke is calling me.
Perth is 2,239 kilometres south from Broome and this is where I reunited with Carolina. After the very complicated process of leaving Argentina and the equally complicated process of entering Australia, Carolina will be in need of a stiff drink I imagine. Borders become more tricky each year it seems. Not surprising really as the last time I looked there were 7,639,373,111 people living on this funny little blue ball.
Carolina and I shall exhibit together while down south.
Caroline Furque (Argentina) + Stephen Eastaugh (Australia)
The title of this small show joins botanical photographic work of Carolina Furque with the pearl shell work of Stephen Eastaugh. Black and white images of vegetation, taken in far flung places hang beside pearl shells etched with obscure designs sourced from extensive travels.
These two bodies of work are also joined by the fact that Carolina and Stephen are partners who met in France in 2001. The couple have travelled widely together since then and I do mean widely (Argentina, Cambodia, Iceland, Malaysia, Greenland, Morocco, Vietnam, Netherlands, Mexico, Germany, Egypt, Chile, Scotland, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore, Macau, Uruguay, Japan and Australia)
August 10 to September 8th.
Turner Galleries - 470 William street, Northbridge. Perth. W.A. 08 9227 1077