The Artist is Present
Last Thursday, 4th September, my solo exhibition “Life is Beautiful” opened at Elements Art Gallery in Perth, Western Australia. The four photos above were taken by my youngest daughter, Lucy, on her phone. Emma Mahanay Bitmead (who is in the photo with me) opened my exhibition with a wonderful speech. Then I gave a small talk explaining how the exhibition got its name and I gave some insights into the drawings themselves. The gallery was full of people. I made them laugh. It was quite a night!
Since then I have been going into the gallery each day so that I can talk to people who come in and answer their questions. I very much enjoy talking to people who visit the exhibition. I just wish that more people would come in. Weekends are good but weekdays are so quiet.
While the exhibition is on I am completely unable to think about drawing anything new. All my mental energy is taken up with verbal communication in the gallery.
One lady today told me that she didn’t know why but looking at my drawings made her feel like crying (in a good way). Many people have had strong emotional reactions towards the art. This is something worth waiting for. I may have long periods of empty gallery time but when people come in and are visibly moved, the hours in the doldrums are suddenly worth it.
The artist is present. Please come in. Wednesday – Friday 11 am – 5.30 pm; Saturday – Sunday 1 pm – 5 pm. 131A Waratah Avenue, Dalkeith WA 6009. Until 21st September. Phone: 0407 441 272.
ps: apologies to Marina Abramovic for using the title of her famous exhibition for my blog post title.
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