Ruby Purple – May/June 2018
How was the experience? Life changing!
What was good? What wasn’t haha oh maybe the chapped lips!
Highlights were talking to Poppa about his life, how he constructed the homestead from the Mt Conner Rim Rock, fascinated with the craftsmanship and longevity of his work you all know I am!
The Sunset and moonrise over Swansons salt lake is an unbelievable experience! The textures in the salt, the movement, the surroundings, the stories and information delivery.
The adventures we took were amazing and we always had cake! Everyone loves cake! Every day thinking this can’t get more amazing and then thanking you for another AMAZING day! Just unbelievable!
Being accepted to work as well as create, having the opportunity to shadow and really see how things work and operate on a daily basis.
The overall major highlight is in the way you all talk about your home, such excitement, enthusiasm and respect for the treasures you have and your dedication to its sustainability. Getting to know you all was an absolute pleasure and one I’ll always treasure.
What was unexpected? The sense of place surprised me, I felt so connected. Having time to see, observe, learn, the opportunity to create, and to appreciate this outstanding part of our country.
Was it what you thought it would be? No, it was so very much more! The experiences, the people, the students, adventures, the food, loved saying ‘What’s for dinner’, the harshness of the land yes this was as I thought it would be although quite a lot more grasses than I’d expected, there’s just something unexplainable about Curtin Springs.
Having done the residency how do you think your art will be impacted by your stay at Curtin Springs? With a practising ethos of ‘Preservation of our Environment’ my Curtin Springs experience has added depth of understanding and been very refreshing and insightful. Future Ruby Purple creations will have connection to the stillness I found amongst the everyday demands of running a cattle station, paper making facility and tourist accommodation. I felt at home, a sense of place, space and a core connection. I aim to convey this grounding in all my future works.
Or anything else you would like to say about what you did, or the experience in general. My residency included a bit, projects with the students, learning paper making and creating a body of works to tour regional Queensland. You could say quite a lot to get through in a couple of weeks!
Working with the students was a highlight, I find great reward in seeing student faces light up as they create, become part of something more, and as they connect.
Creating with paper you’ve made yourself from the cutting of the grasses to scaping handmade paper from the drying boards gives you a genuine connection to the works you produce, and an appreciation of the Curtin Springs desert treasures on offer!
Follow the ‘Outback Connections’ journey as these works visit Queensland regional galleries https://www.rubypurplecreations.com/outback-connections1.html