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IMAGE > Sam Leach, landscapes and medical robots, oil on linen_200cmx150cm.
Image courtesy of the artist.
In 2017, Sam Leach presented a solo exhibition with Linden titled Avian Interplanetary. This show was held at Domain House in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, while our Acland St home underwent a major renovation. We caught up with Sam to find out what he had been up to during lockdown and as it turns out, he has been very busy.
"My studio is at home and normally it is very quiet, but during lockdown I have been joined by my wife and daughters so isolation for me has meant a lot more human interaction than usual. Home-schooling has been fun – I found a mistake the maths teacher made, which was very satisfying. Some of the material they cover in school is quite interesting, and some is not. But it is nice to recall how much fun it was mucking around with the other kids when the teacher isn’t looking – or when you have the camera turned off.
During round one of lockdown I added to my difficulties by building a new studio in my backyard and giving myself a couple of semi-serious (not actually serious though) injuries. Calling the ambulance and going to the hospital was an opportunity for conversations with different people and also an outing, so in a way quite a treat. I’m not sure what round two will hold but we have recently adopted a rescue cat (our beloved old cat died at the end of last year so we were ready for a new addition). Building a relationship with a new cat is a complex process so that is absorbing a lot of attention now. With what energy I have left after the cat and the home-schooling I am preparing for a solo show in Sydney at the end of August (touch wood). This show is paintings based on compositions developed using AI and its all about finding a way to have a society without anybody doing hard work. I started that idea before Covid but now it seems pretty apt."
2019. The exhibition aimed to raise questions about the use of technology to manipulate nature and biological systems, including the human
body. We asked Alicia what she had been doing during lockdown and what had been keeping her motivated and entertained.
“While in lockdown I've started a new job and moved into a new house (both of which I'm very thankful for), so it's been quite a hectic time. I feel like I have less time now, even though I don't have a work commute anymore. I'm a bit of a workaholic homebody at the best of times, though in my 10th week working from home I finally have itchy feet to get out into the world again. In between packing up my old studio and setting up my new space I haven't had much creative time but having a break from making has been perfect for daydreaming and thinking about what I want to do next creatively. I've been doing a lot of reading and journal sketching, mapping out new project ideas; making the most of ACMI's free Wednesday night film program and links to queer films online; soaking up podcasts like Criminal and This is Love; disconnecting from the news-hype and avoiding COVID-19 conspiracy theory emails from certain family members. It's been a strange time.”
Kylie Stillman’s solo exhibition The Opposite of Wild was shown in 2017 at Domain House in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens, while
our Acland St home was being renovated. We asked Kylie what she had been working on recently and what had been keeping her entertained and
motivated over the recent weeks.
“Isolation for me has had me yearning for everything audio. The need to be on screens to communicate for work and learning had me reach for Bluetooth headphones and speakers and flood the house and studio with music, audio readings and conversation. Here are my three loves that are getting me through:
Dan Fox has released a makeshift audio recording of his book ‘Limbo’; the work has been great to revisit in the current climate of isolation.
Richard Watts, 9am - 12pm Thursday on RRR Smart Arts. To be able to still hear from the Melbourne arts community has helped bring the wider world within virtual reach.
And for the kids (3-6 years old), I have discovered Kinderling, which plays quality kids radio programs and music all day long.
Anna Wattler, Manager at Mimili Maku Arts, has shared an update on how the Mimili community have been handling the government restrictions
put in place in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Though this has been a challenging time, it has also brought new opportunities to the
"Mimili is on the APY Lands, a region in the far northwest of South Australia. We have been under the Commonwealth Biosecurity Act since mid-March. This means that entry to our region is strictly restricted, and requires 14 days of self-isolation.
Whist those measures may seem extreme, it has been absolutely essential for keeping everyone in community safe. Like many remote Aboriginal communities we experience severe levels of social disadvantage, manifested – amongst other things – in poor health and living conditions that make it hard to impossible to enact best-practice hygiene for prevention of community transmission of COVID. With high rates of diabetes, asthma and kidney disease, large parts of the population out here are considered high-risk when exposed to the virus. That is why the strategy of restricting access to the APY Lands was enacted very early on, and has been strictly executed since."
Katie Gray is an emerging artist who is also part of our team of volunteers. We asked Katie how she has maintained her creative drive during
"I would say the most important thing in order to stay creatively focused is to invest in yourself and your mental health. Then seek some inspiration. Take your time with it, to gather enough that you feel ready to create again. And take time to rest if you need it. Pick some type of project to focus on - something that has an achievable end goal. In such trying times with no control over how long the circumstance will last, it's important to give your brain something to focus on; something that is in your control, and something that you can see the achievable outcome and finish line for."
Art Coloring Book is an experiment by Google. Colour your way through the palettes of famous paintings.+ Read more
This activity encourages consideration of how animals might view the world. Which animal will you be today? An eagle? A hammerhead shark? A chameleon? Think about all of the different features of your chosen animal’s habitat… you never know what you might spot on your adventures!+ Read more
Make your own upcycled tea light lanterns inspired by Winter Solstice night sky – the longest night of the year – which occurred on the 21st of June 2020.+ Read more
Create your own Ned Kelly mask and customise it.+ Read more
Keep healthy and creative during your isolation. The kitchen is the place to be.
When thinking about repetition, routine and rhythm, there is only one recipe that springs to mind - pasta dough made from scratch. All it takes is a bit of flour, water, egg and a bit of time to knead, roll & shape and knead, roll & shape.
For this Cook Like an Artist, we decided to take it up a notch by making pasta inspired by Linden alumni artist Kirra Jamison.
IMAGE > Pasta Canavas photos by Jasmin McNeill
This week we have looked to the master of magical cuisine, Heston Blumenthal, for our cooking inspiration. Well-known for creating illusory recipes such as ice cream pork pie or meat fruit, we have found a recipe that is achievable without a science-lab kitchen, yet still has that beautifully surprising element of not being all that it appears.+ Read more
This recipe comes from artist Anikcka Yi, who told Mina “It is super tangy from the lemon juice, floral from the zest, and fresh from the addition of peas and herbs. It is filling yet light, and a platform for endless variations.”+ Read more
Embracing this week’s theme of transformation, Jasmin, our Events Coordinator, took to the kitchen with her seasonal farm produce to create Cézanne’s delectable Brousse cheese. Jasmin made this dish from her home-grown oranges, lemons, honey and goat’s milk.+ Read more
This week we have gone for a recipe that would allow you some meditation time whilst baking, as well as the therapeutic pleasure of kneading dough. This is a recipe that was enjoyed by Monet and Millet, presumably because it left them plenty of time for painting as they waited for their rolls to rise.+ Read more
The Rubin Museum is using its Buddhist Art collection to offer daily mindfulness tips and guided meditation sessions. The museum is posting daily Instagram videos exploring Himalayan wellness traditions you can practice at home.+ Read more
Support local artists and meditate with Mona Ruijs' 45-minute sound meditation on bandcamp ($5 AUD download for a limited time of one week).+ Read more
Futureme allows you to reflect and write something to your future self. Set the time you want the letter to be delivered and then... wait.+ Read more
Discussions and concerns around the coronavirus outbreak and practising self-isolation can be stressful and impact our mental health and wellbeing. It’s natural to feel a range of emotions, such as stress, worry, anxiety, boredom, or low mood.+ Read more
If you're concerned or if you require some help. Have a look at the headtohealth
You can also call the Coronavirus mental wellbeing support service on 1800 512 348.
The Lifeline Crisis Support Chat is also available to help if you need.
You can also call Beyond Blue at 1800 512 348 or visit their website here.
There’s nothing quite like hand sewing for a meditative and menial task on a winters day in isolation. It's all about repetition, routine and rhythm. And it seems that sewing is a skill in high demand as the need for reusable face masks increases.+ Read more
Transform your indoor or outdoor space with some new plant pots. Creating these terrazzo-style planters from polymer clay will add some colour to your space as well as giving you that sense of satisfaction that comes from a DIY challenge. It is a process with many steps, but we all know that transformation doesn’t always happen overnight!+ Read more
This method of dyeing is free of harmful chemicals and showcases the beauty of nature. The process relies on trust and patience.+ Read more
Ever heard of meditative stitching? Well we hadn’t either, until we hand-picked our way through contemporary Australian artists to find the best and most crafty ways to stay zen.+ Read more
UK's Firstsite Gallery has created a great activity pack to download. Anyone can have a go – there are no specialist materials required, ‘Art is where the home is’ can be downloaded for free.+ Read more
Start weaving your own baskets using this kick-starter pack with the Tjanpi Desert Weavers + online video tutorial featuring Loria Heffernan!+ Read more
You may have stuff laying around you can use… you know that cupboard you haven’t applied your Marie Kondo techniques to yet.+ Read more
Purl Soho's Pom Pom Kit turns that frown upside down! It dispels the mystery of making dense, fluffy, little spheres of joy...+ Read more
In 2010 the ArtAnd Foundation asked Del Kathryn Barton to reimagine a timeless fairytale. A long-time aficionado of Oscar Wilde’s works, Barton chose The Nightingale and the Rose. With a score by Sarah Blasco, this poignant story is led by a vulnerable but emboldened feminine protagonist.+ Read more
An immersive dance performance in virtual reality, Celestial Motion is inspired by the imagery of solar physics. Choreographed by Alexander Whitley and made in association with Sadler's Wells Theatre, the experience features 360-degree filming and motion-capture technology. The dancers are visualised both in human form and as other-worldly digital figures in a cosmic landscape, showcasing the choreography from a unique perspective.+ Read more
Black Catbird is a beautiful video clip by The Garifuna Collective. It features birdsong from species in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The visuals are stunning and based on Mexico's textile traditions.+ Read more
Enter a world of mythological beauty and see the preview of Dior’s Autumn-Winter 2020-2021 Haute Couture collection by Maria Grazia Chiuri, showcased in an exclusive film directed by Matteo Garrone.+ Read more