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where i went on my second artist date for the year…

It was a long time in between this one and the last… my goal is to do this once a week. Whether it be visiting a gallery, museum, op shop, vintage or antique store that’s my plan! I need to do this to keep things fresh and moving.

Yesterday, I visited the Monash Gallery of Art (MGA) and saw Robyn Stacey’s current exhibition ‘as still as life’  full of colour and life despite being about still life… the historical connections mentioned were interesting and added another layer and context to the works displayed. The images below are details of Stacey’s works.

There are also a number of amazing works on display from the MGA collection which compliment this exhibition so take the time to view them. There’s also QR codes on some labels which link direct to the MGA’s online collection.

Here are a few which caught my attention.

Image details (left to right)
  1. John Eaton, Pierette, (1942), gelatin silver print
  2. Ruth Maddison, 41 Blanche Street (home) , (1985) hand-coloured gelatin silver print
  3. Carol Jerrems, Marilyn Monroe ,  (1972) gelatin silver print

The Wheelers Hill Library shares the same building area with the Gallery so I decided to pop in for a bit of a look and see. I stumbled upon a book with lots of pictures for inspiration, Rachel Barnes’ Gustav Klimt, which did not disappoint… lots of patterns, decoration and colour to fill the soul aside from Klimt’s beautiful portraits.

Here’s some of the inspirational patterns and decoration in Klimt’s work… hope it’s inspiring to you too.