We had a wonderful time at Gunyah, waking up every morning to look out over the landscape and spy pelicans and dolphins in the water.
It was the perfect place for a creative retreat and gave us space and time to think carefully about our craft.
We used our time in North Arm Cove to experiment with musical ideas and devise new processes of working together.
Patrik started learning new programming skills in order to see how we could interact with clarinet and video projections. He also took many photos of the natural landscape and surrounding area for incorporation into his projections.
We collaborated on new compositions and invited some friends to play with us who also brought their own music which we played together.
Gunyah is a unique place for artists to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and focus on creativity within a calm and serene environment.
We absolutely loved our stay. Thank you so much to Kath and all the owners of Gunyah for having us.
Phillippa Murphy-Haste and Patrik Jarlestam
|Paula Broom and Nerine Martini working together in Sydney 2018|
Nerine Martini is a visual artist, based in Sydney, working across the fields of sculpture, installation, socially engaged art, public art and drawing. Her work has been included in major award exhibitions such as Sculpture by the Sea, the Blake Prize and the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Awards. Nerine's practice shifts continually between her studio and exhibition practice and working on community-based, public art projects. Martini is currently a PhD candidate at Sydney College of the Arts. More info nerinemartini.com
|Nerine Martini, Holding the Key, 2017, photograph by Paula Broom|
excerpt of work in progress with community groups at Blacktown Arts Centre
Sydney-based artist and environmentalist, Paula Broom, believes art can reconnect us to our natural world and built environments, as well as to ourselves, our health and each other. Working in expanded photo-media, she explores ecological, social and personal issues relating to loss, death, extinction and our collective future. Paula's work has recently been selected as a finalist in Head On Photo Festival Awards and the Australian Photography Awards. She is an active member of the environmental artist’s collective the Tree Veneration Society, and also manages Instagramers Sydney on Instagram, underpinning her sentiment that art creates a strong sense of place, connects people and creates social cohesion.
More info environmeanttobe.wordpress.com
|Paula Broom, Endless Pink Ladder, 2017, bricklayers line and painted dowel|
Nerine and Paula met as patients at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in 2016 whilst undergoing treatment for breast cancer. They recognised in each other a shared interest in creating artworks that engage both art and nature in the healing process and subsequently began exhibiting together later that year. Even though they have both finished their breast cancer treatments, they continue to live with an increased level of uncertainty and therefore wish to use their time at Gunyah to investigate more personal notions of health, conferred by nature and art.
|Nerine Martini, Social Scaffold, 2017, bamboo, porcelain, string, hessian sandbags, (detail view)|
During their Gunyah residency Nerine Martini and Paula Broom plan to explore experiences of the human body in the landscape, the human body as landscape; and relationships between health, wellbeing and the natural environment. This will include drawing and frotage techniques, as well as working with Olloclips (macro lenses) with mobile phones in the field, which will then be combined collaboratively back in the studio. The process of walking in and through the landscape will contribute to the conceptual development of the artwork, by physically relating to the environment. The senses of smell, touch, sight and sound, will all be involved in reconnecting with the physicality of being in the body and being in the landscape, an immersion in nature.
|Paula Broom, Goodbye to all that, 2017, waterproofed plaster|