SOUTH QUAY – MODELLING IN A DESERT

I found an email in my Junk Box. It was from a Grace Ng and about a possible job.
I wrote back, hoping she hadn’t given up or found another mature model. I wanted the assignment: a shoot fulfilling her wish to redress her beloved grandmother’s lack of a childhood. This was intriguing – I am a grandmother and my childhood has informed my life.

DIRECT APPEAL: An interview with Rose Knox-Peebles, Apollo Magazine

September 2018 An interview with Susan Moore of Apollo Magazine. The article, apart from featuring contemporary and kinetic art, brings the value of ‘excluded’  artists to the attention of the art establishment, and the work of the charity Outside In in achieving this. Rose Knox-Peebles keeps her collection of outsider…

Tank Fashion Video

Joanna Pietrowska is a sensitive and artistic photographer, especially of people and in situations or places where they are either at quite at home, or slightly uneasy.  There are examples of both here – Balenciaga heels are not easy to wear…  Before I had only seen Joanna’s work in black…

Acting in a Cold Climate

Here is an account of the spaces around a recent shoot; the non-filming side of it. The background was a dystopian world and, this cold, wet, February day, the surrounding blocks seemed soulless and randomly spaced, as if no one thought or cared about how people live. The views when…

Muto: Say Nothing

I had the pleasure of being cast in a music video for Muto’s ‘Say Nothing’. Muto is a Sydney producer whose debut EP is due for release in October. You can find his singles on Soundcloud and Spotify.

BRAINCHILD

BRAINCHILD It is crying again. Which one? Which one is making the noise? I am in charge here. I am The Nurse. The light is bright. I wear a gauze mask; I move slowly and heavily; the urgency of the labour I have been engaged on for so long is…

REBECCA FORSTER

Witty, clever, above all thoughtful, Rebecca Forster makes connections – between shapes, ideas, images; connections over time and space; connections between now and then:  connections between us and history; between reality and myth; between where we live now and ancient maps that show the bones beneath the skin. Colours change;…

GET THEE TO A PUBLICIST

GET THE TO A PUBLICIST I am the child of a past era. When publisher lay in wait for unsuspecting authors at the top of dusty flights of stairs. They lived in attics with sloping ceilings and fed their authors sherry and dry biscuits.  They took them to lunch at…

JAZZ ON A WINTER MORNING

  7.45 am on Sunday morning – grey, raindrops hovering, the steps down into the underground wet and grubby. Broadcasting House at 8.00am.  In the ground floor reception there are three bilious-coloured chairs.  They are shaped like eggs, scooped out and lying on their sides.  You sit down, you lean…

ANA PACHECO AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY

I first met Ana Pacheco in 1999.  I had been visiting Monika Kinley and noticed on her wall a painting of an orange rubber glove.  I was told it was by Ana and that it had been returned by the man who had bought it because his wife had disliked…