—Wall text in Sun Xun solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. “Making animated films for me is like piloting a spaceship. Unlike most pilots, who would avoid black holes, I look for black holes to steer my way directly into them. This is how you can discover new things.” Which reminds me of Daniel Crooks‘ comment.
Your oddness is the only thing you’ve got.
—Writer David Malouf, talking about the editing process in The Garret podcast. Good life advice really. Meanwhile, I’ve been binging on The Garret. Sorry, true crime podcasts, interviews are my one true love. Longform is another favourite, and NAVA does some good artist interviews from time to time too.
When I’m happy I notice things around me.
I like the boring as it’s only when you are bored that you can see.
—Julian Opie in a Q&A and The Guardian. I always think it’s interesting when artists acknowledge mood (or mental health, or period pain) and the way it affects their practice. I feel we don’t do this much, maybe because of romantic “muse descending” clichés?
That old question ‘must I always know nothing?’ no longer haunts, but consoles. Because the day I stop feeling like a beginner might be the day I know it’s time to put down the pen.
—Novelist Charlotte Wood in SMH. I had the luck of hearing her speak at an event for AGNSW’s The Lady & The Unicorn exhibition (one of her books mentions the tapestries) and I remember thinking she had a really interesting take on doubt and the importance of making peace with it. I’m sure a lot of visual artists face this too.
I had the chance to travel to Shepparton for the opening of Raquel Ormella’s major touring survey exhibition, and got to spend time with the artist for an Ocula Conversation.
My hands are like my heart and head all in one.
—Sarah Contos on figuring it out as you go along, in Artist Profile.
Yes, now I think I am an artist. Perhaps. But I don’t really know where it’s going.
—Hiromi Tango in a lovely NAVA video.