Baldessin Press is the orignal studio of George Baldessin situated in the hills above St Andrews in country Victoria about 40 minutes from Melbourne city. Thanks to the support of Culture and the Arts WA and an unexpected win at the CCP Salon I was able to stay here for five weeks and focus on producing monoprints for the Safe Keeping exhibition in Fremantle in February 2018.
Limited edition photograph titled Two Homes, Deep South with Kimberley Stains won the CCP Salon 2017, Deakin University Photography Prize. Centre For Contemporary Photography, Melbourne
Culture and the Arts WA has kindly supported a residency at Baldessin Press in November 2017 to prepare for the Safe Keeping exhibition at PS Art Space in February 2018.
Print colour testing with Peter Hatzipavlis at The Print Space in Melbourne. Peter had recently visited the Kimberley and could appreciate the colours of the region.
While home in Wellington for summer my friend Alistair Fraser kindly shared with me two types of kokowai from different areas of New Zealand. The ochre will be crushed and applied to the surface of New Zealand and Kimberley landscape photographs as part of the Ochre and Light - Two Homes series.
I spent a day with Wetplate artist Craig Tuffin in his studio in Banora Point NSW. This workshop was supported by Country Arts WA.
I left the Kimberley a little early this year and traveled to Braidwood NSW to spend time with Master printmaker Basil Hall. I transported across Australia 50 kg of scratched up metal sheets that I found lying in the pindam on the deceased estate we purchased belonging to bushman Vic Cox. I printed the wear and tear from the metal sheets onto hahnemuhle Rag Paper and then overlapped the Stone tool imagery on top.