Most of my writing usually feels to me like a bad idea, which makes it hard for me to know which ideas feel bad because they have merit, and which ones feel bad because they don’t.
—Maggie Nelson in The Argonauts, a book that pushed at all kinds of boundaries with a raw, searching honesty. This line made me see doubt as something to aspire to.
I’ve been shortlisted for the 2018 Newcastle Short Story Award. My story Red Belly will be published in the award anthology later in the year.
If you want to know something funny, a few days before I found out I was a finalist, I filed a magazine story on art prizes and the role they play in the art world. The basic point was not to take them too seriously, but I’m still going to take Michael Zavros’ advice to NAVA members to heart:
Peer assessment is really valuable in my opinion. Prizes where the work is considered by a curator or guest judge for pre-selection before the final means that a) someone has actually seen it and b) thought it worthy or interesting.
So my sincerest thanks to the Hunter Writers Centre and judges Ryan O’Neill and Isabelle Li.
For me being an artist is like being an anatomist, taking things apart in order to make sense of them.
—Kate Scardifield in Museum Magazine, talking about her exhibition Soft Topologies, currently at UTS Gallery.
I think of drawing as a dance. And a dance is a drawing in space. If you don’t appreciate dancing, these things aren’t possible to create.
—Geta Brătescu in the New York Times.
Looking is, I feel, a vital aspect of existence. Perception constitutes our awareness of what it is to be human, indeed what it is to be alive.
—The indefatigable Bridget Riley. I’m not sure when she first said this. It’s resurfaced in press for her exhibition of new work at David Zwirner in London.
I think photography is always about loss. Lost moments, lost events, lost people, lost things.
—Photographer Anne Zahalka in an old Dumbo Feather interview.
When I was editing Art Collector magazine, the January issue always meant crazy times. So many stories and pic requests and photo shoots and balls in the air.
This year, as a freelancer, I have to say I loved working on the special summer issue and it was an absolute pleasure to contribute pieces on Kushana Bush, Monica Rohan, Yhonnie Scarce, Deb Mansfield and Noel McKenna.
And, of course, I love the Patricia Piccinini cover! I can’t wait to get Brisbane to see Curious Affection.