When he bequested Bundanon to the Australlian people Arthur Boyd gave a gift to all artists - a chance to take time out in a place that sits away from the everyday world, to work and renew the spirit. Boyd's legacy brings us back to the basics of what it is to have time to dream, to ponder, and to let place work its magic on us.
"A poor life this, if full of care, we have no time to stand and stare"
Walter de la Mare
Set of 13 paper cups with moulded etchings (Graphic Chemical Ink on handmade virgin woodpulp paper)
The aluminium etching plates were prepared during my residency at Bundanon in 2005 and were part of an exploration of Boyd’s style and imagery. Cups often figure in my work as a vehicle for statement or narrative.
The blue and white exterior with pristine white interior references the willow pattern in china. Boyd’s home, studio and works are similarly held forever in suspended animation at Bundanon.
The one red interior makes reference to the flame trees at Bundanon, to Boyd’s son Jamie who visited during my residency, and to red paint on a stick found in the grounds near Boyd’s studio.
The work was part of an exhibition “the Inner Space” (Judy Barrass and Jill Brose) shown at Cooloola Regional Gallery (Jan 2006); Noosa Regional Gallery (May/June 2006) and Gallery 159, Brisbane (Sept/October 2006) and is now part of the
permanent collection of the Bundanon Trust. It was exhibited, as part of the collection, at Shoalhaven City Arts Centre in 2008/09.
'Bundanon Dreaming' is a limited edition set of twelve relief prints made from from drawings done during the residency, as a response to the intense involvement with Boyd's landscape and work.
It was also produced as a limited edition book of digital prints, one copy of which is in the Bundanon
The collection of Boyd's ecthings at Bundanon, the paintings in his house and studio, books I borrowed and read, and the ever present landscape of Boyd's paintings combined to haunt my dreams and influence
my studio work at Bundanon. Some of the appropriated elements of these drawings will be familar to lovers of Boyd's work - Pulpit Rock,
the Shoalhaven River, the river rocks, black boots, the horse's head, and more.
Monoprints - Bundanon 2005
Arthur's Cups 2005
Morning Encounter, monoprint, 2005
Sketches from the residency took the form of monoprints, some of which were bound into a series of books shown at Wallace House in Noosa, Qld. in 2006.