Broometime once again! I made crocodile burgers for dinner with cous cous as I listened to fruit bats flap about above us and we watched distant electrical storms fire up the night skies. One morning we watched small sting rays scoot about at Cable beach as we waded about in the shallow waters and another day we found ourselves floating in the sea with a baby shark swimming around us.
It is tropical studio time and I work away on a few different projects. The wet season basically failed to arrive for the 2018-2019 period so things are a bit dry in this part of the world. The tin shed was a sticky +40 C upon our arrival back here which made our brains melt on a number of days. We were hoping for some cooler temperatures but we had to wait. Speaking of cooler climates… one summer many moons ago I was in Antarctic at Davis Station with film maker Mathew Rooke. The documentary filmed down there at that time - ANTARCTICART (Everysomewherever) can now be found on vimeo. - https://vimeo.com/321039208
Stephen Eastaugh's journey down south to Davis Station. The people he meets, the art he makes and the landscape he inhabits. Antarctica through the eyes of one of Australia's preeminent artists.
Produced and Directed by Matthew Rooke.
Ahoy!! Further film news - A short documentary filmed at sea in 2018 which gives a glimpse of a self initiated maritime art residency has been selected for the 2019 St. Kilda Film Festival in Melbourne. UNANCHORED WORLD is set on a cargo container vessel crossing the Indian Ocean. On-board I make some art and contemplate the Mare Liberum as I travel from Perth, West Australia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malcolm McKinnons film will be screened on Sunday 23rd JUNE. 2:45 PM at the St Kilda Town Hall. For details -
WE WILL KNOW WHEN WE GET THERE.
My solo exhibition at the new BLOCK PROJECTS space was held during the later part of the Melbourne summer and was attended by the usual suspects and a broad array of people who know me, know art, know Melbourne, know stuff and wish to know more. It was a good opening function and I thank Block Projects gallery for the great space and the jolly function. Please visit the gallery website to see available works.
Carolina and I have stayed in a few places in Victoria recently as I navigate the numerous activities I must undertake in this part of the world. We have been extremely lucky regarding the locations and the very different architectural styles of dwellings we have spent time working and socialising in. All have kept the unpredictable climate of Melbourne from cooking or chilling us. “Location, location, location..” as they say in the real estate world. From a rustic country dwelling next to a river in Jameison to a fabulous and smart residency flat at the Australian Print Workshop in Fitzroy as well as a marvellously designed town house in Port Melbourne where we watched cruise ship after cruise ship dock at the pier nearby.
While in Melbourne I was invited to spend some a few days at my old art School as a casual visiting artist/lecturer. The Victorian College of the Arts has grown somewhat in size, shape and the speed that it operates at since I attended there a few decades ago but it still is a wonderful institution where art of all forms is taught, made and talked about. It was most interesting to make contact with young students and some of the current teachers on campus and I hope that I was a worthwhile part-time positive insertion into the fluid and busy curriculum.
Just across the Yarra river from the VCA I saw another form of local student activity. A colourful political street march. Melbourne has a long history of street protests and we were able to see one in full swing. I did not count the number of protesters but it was a massive turnout of young students all very angry about the environment on a global level. They strongly reminded politicians via their placards that “THERE IS NO PLANET B” and we should all get our priorities right “PLANET NOT PROFIT.” I applaud all those students!
We head back to the Broome studio to make more art and prepare for further adventures as I have been awarded a DLGSC Creative Development grant that will enable me to attend an art residency in Santa Monica L.A. USA later on in the year. I have many things to prepare...
Jackfruit has been the favourite festive season food this summer with tiger prawns a close second. Fresh Jackfruit segments in a fruit salad for breakfast, homemade jackfruit ice-cream and the chestnut/taro like roasted Jackfruit seeds have all been devoured with gusto. There has also been some pool action to give a little relief from the ongoing heat and lack of any wet in this so called wet season.
New Years eve saw Carolina and I at a very quintessential Broome function. A live Pigrim Brothers performance with an assortment of other musicians all jamming in that local dusty salt water cowboy music mode. Many drinks and much dancing eased us into 2019. At 4 am I believe I found myself in a pool wondering where 2018 went to and what tricky things I need to consider during 2019. My basic and perpetual new years resolution was- “be good to other folk and don't be evil or foolish.” Hopefully I stick to that plan.
Off to Melbourne soon for a solo show and assorted Melbanian business.
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