Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Re-imagining landscapes with Hiroshige

As we’re all rediscovering our local regions, taking walks, watching the seasons change and exploring environments closer to home, it brought to mind how ukiyo-e artists once turned their restricted movement into a vibrant time of creativity, finding new ways to capture places and people, and drawing endless inspiration from their local surroundings. International travel…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Small moments

As the hours, days and weeks in which we have recently been confined to our homes compressed and merged into an endless monotony, certain moments of beauty that have been lurking in the minutiae of domestic ordinariness shone through. The slowing of my once busy schedule provided more opportunity for reflective movements. I’ve become mindful…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Finding joy in small things

Grace Cossington Smith’s artworks are a reminder that joy is all around us. In her hands, an array of objects, the fold of a tablecloth or light falling through stained glass inspire delight and open windows onto her world. In this time of social distancing and self-isolation, it can be challenging to resist the feeling…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Artists I would isolate with…

All this time recently stuck indoors has had me thinking about artists along the lines of the ‘ultimate dinner party’ game where you dream up a list of people from throughout history that you would invite to a magnificent meal. Which artists, I have been wondering, would be most fun to bunker down with to…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: Another troubled moment in history

In this time of disruption and distress I am reminded of three Australian artists who worked through their complex feelings and articulated their anguish in these memorable works of art. James Gleeson (1915-2008), Peter Purves Smith (1912-49) and Albert Tucker (1914-99) completed the following paintings between 1938 and 1946 using surrealist methods and approaches to…

Home with QAGOMA Exhibit: The Nature of Things

One of the positive side-effects of social distancing and isolation has been the encouraging stories of reduced pollution world-wide, and scientists reporting that with the right measures global warming could be reversed in 30 years. I also love seeing all the stories about animals roaming the city streets, from goats in Wales, to wild boars…