I have three new works appearing in EXPLORATION17 at Flinders Lane Gallery. So grateful to the stellar team at the gallery and all the talented artists I am lucky enough to be exhibiting with in the upcoming exhibition.
Exhibition dates 23 May to 17 June with some opening festivities this Saturday 27 May 1~3pm

Details of the works from left to right:

Rollick 2017 pen on painted mountboard on dibond (Ed 3 + AP) 1100 x  1100 mm
Romp 2017 pen on painted mountboard on dibond (Ed 3 + AP) 1100 x  1100 mm
Vagary  2017 pen on painted mountboard on dibond (Ed 3 + AP) 2050 x 1600 mm



I will be exhibiting a work as part of ‘Off Grid’ at MAY SPACE in Sydney over the next couple of weeks (26 April to 13 May). Many thanks to Al Munro for all her hard work in curating such a beautiful exhibition in such a wonderful new looking gallery space. If you are in Sydney this Saturday 29 from 3-5pm, please drop by the gallery for a drink and a chance to meet the artists Emma Beer, Sally Blake, Julie Brooke, Kirsten Farrell, Jay Kochel, Al Munro, and Wendy Wendy Teakel.

M16 Artspace Drawing Prize

I am most grateful to M16 and the judges, Susan Best and ex DeMedici for selecting my work among such a wonderful group of fellow artists.  I was awarded the major prize along with Berenice Carrington. Here I am with one of the judges, Susan Best, in front of my winning work, Karesansui 1.

M16 Drawing Prize

Attributions | Images of very tiny things series

Below is a list of works from the series Images of very small things, 2016, adapted from Creative Commons licensed images and the public domain. These works were originally exhibited in the exhibition No Feeling Whatsoever at CCAS City, Canberra, from 17 August – 17 September 2016.

Please feel free to use, adapt and distribute the below, under the same licence conditions: Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) or Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) as listed below.


FaustovirusBy A2-33 (Own work)
[CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Faustovirus_50Kx30SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY-SA 4.0]
Diatoms (Diatomeen) - fossile (fossil) - 250x (14317165248)By Picturepest
(Diatoms (Diatomeen) - fossile (fossil) - 250x)
[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Diatoms_(Diatomeen)_-_fossile_(fossil)_-_250x_(14317165248)_50Kx40SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 2.0]
Diatomee - Diatom (fossile) - 250x (14107681917)By Picturepest
(Diatomee : Diatom (fossile) - 250x)
[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Diatomee_-_Diatom_(fossile)_50Kx40SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 2.0]
Diatomee - Diatom (fossile) - Thalassiosira sp. - 400x (14281808022)By Picturepest
[CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Diatomee_-_Diatom_(fossile)_-_Thalassiosira_sp._-_400x_(14281808022)_50Kx36SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 2.0]
Enterococcus faecalis20023-300By United States Department of Agriculture [Public domain]
via Wikimedia Commons
Enterococcus_faecalis20023-300_BW_50Kx32SVG file conversion by Jay Kochel
[CC BY 4.0]

Kinza | Naoshima

Kinza is the former name of the abandoned house turned Art House Project on Naoshima Island where it now houses the artwork Being given by Japanese artist Rei NAITO. This was perhaps the standout work for me of the experiences I had on Naoshima. Visitors to the artwork must make a prior booking as the experience is scheduled, one person at a time. The Kinza building, like many of the Art Houses in the Benesse Art Sites, seems unassuming from the outside, a normal village house. Inside however, the space has been returned to the earth, the floor reconnecting with the soil beneath the house. The only light entering the space is from the under the outside walls and from the interior, it gives the whole structure a feeling of levitation. Within lies a large round ring, also raised from the ground. The whole space gradually reveals small details laid out in some form of geomantic logic. Small transparent spheres and rings, a staff rigidly perpendicular to the ground, tiny details whose presence is highlighted by the bleeding light outside, and only revealed through time, through contemplation. Above, between two of the wooden beams supporting the ceiling, a large glass cylinder floats — mystically like depictions of The Ascension. The space is at once meditative in solitude and wonder, and also with connection to the outside world through light and sound, the street noise bleeds in as does the light, in a subdued way that is part of the space, part of what is being given.

There are rarely moments with an artwork that remain with you, that remain connected, somehow unresolved yet mystical and reaffirming. Kinza has tunneled a place of nostalgia in my memory, its ambiguity and comfort make it an unforgettable moment.

Rei Naito"Being given", 2001 Art House Project "Kinza"

Rei Naito"Being given”, 2001 Art House Project “Kinza”