Thing Show

Fontanelle Gallery March 10 - April 12 2013
"The exhibition reflects on the way matter can trap and reveal movement beneath the threshold of our awareness. Featuring Henry Jock Walker, Sarah CrowEST, Brooke Babington, Carla Liesch, Sam Songailo, Emily Taylor and Talitha Kennedy, the artists allow the space to vibrate, transform and respond to their work."

Ben Leslie at Fontanelle Gallery sent out an Elizabeth Grosz article on 'The Thing', it got me all raving about my thoughts on the 'life' of things - such as the trip down entropy lane and the cultural value that classifies all things. For this show I continued building on the series 'Tricks to make earth into flesh', a process that allowed further thinking into my obsession with concrete and how it has become like a human skin over the earth. Ben listened and totally indulged my ravings, growing a great conversation on sculptural process and stuff. I didn't get to Adelaide for the show but the pix look so exciting - brave and elegant curating.

Hand Held Lands

Solo show at Nomad Art Gallery
5 - 27 April 2013

In this body of work Darwin based artist Talitha Kennedy examines the human relationship with nature in small sculptures and drawings.

Talitha Kennedy’s small hand-stitched sculptures are inspired by the idea of holding a mini-world in your hands.

‘Humans have the power to make big changes to the world. The capability of our technologies give us the power to destroy the land –deforest, make a huge hole in the ground for mining, avert rivers to dam, move mountains for roads. Geographic forms are themselves in transition, formed by moving tectonic plates in constant states of erosion as everything transforms by entropy.

The land as a body, an organism –alive and with spirit’

Mangrove Cluster, 2013. Kangaroo leather, thread & gravel. 14 (h) x 12 x 12 cm.
Holding Hole, 2013. Kangaroo leather, thread & gravel. 8 (h) x 14 x 13cm.
Pounding Mountains, 2013. Kangaroo leather, thread & gravel. 10 (h) x 15 x 14cm.
Mangrove Protrusions (Pnuemetaphores, Propagules, Mangals), 2013. Kangaroo leather, thread & gravel. Dimensions variable from approx 20 - 13 cm height.

New Territories Nov 2012

I received a judges prize at the 24HR ART: NT Centre for Contemporary Art end of year survey 'New Territories' for a collection of works I'd been playing with since experiments in New York studio time. I keep being strangely attracted to bits of concrete I come across and 'growing' fleshy planty organicy forms over them. I call these works Tricks to build earth into flesh.

End of the World

The very lovely folks in fab Adelaide ARI Fontanelle invited me to the End of the World so I drew a big hole. Overcoming the anxiety that life as we know it would end we still made a great show and party that lasted way over the midnight dong from December 21 2012.

Talitha Kennedy, Hope that the world would end when people say it will, 2012. Ink on paper. 78x78cm.

Printmaking night class

Second semester 2012 completed a Charles Darwin University's Visual Art unit in Printmaking. I really loved scratching into metal, acid etching and then playing around with colour inks, yes, colour.

my four colour reduction lino print
an etched plate
black ink etching
rainbow colour variations on my rhizome monster etching

Art on Wheels

September 2012 I was one of a party for DVAA's 'Art on Wheels' project, a super art-mobile that brought an all-sorts of contemporary art practices to Darwin's suburban hotspots.

My contribution:     'Swelter Shelter creates an extended space for Art on Wheels where a large cowhide of tanned black leather forms a tent like enclosure at the rear of the van. The leather has been cut to suggest the forms of shadow and light that tree canopies cast on the ground, like a flayed skin of the visible. This dark visceral canopy shields our own skin from the sweltering sun while drawing attention to the destruction that other life forms suffer for our comfort.'

Togart Contemporary Art Award 2012

Thrilled to have my lovely monster in the selection for NT's most glamorous contemporary art prize.

opening party 7 September 2012
my catalogue page

Struggle Mountain, 2012. Kangaroo leather, thread, stuffing and timber. 65x50x50cm.

Struggle Mountain, 2012. Kangaroo leather, thread, stuffing and timber. 65x50x50cm.

Struggle Mountain, 2012. Kangaroo leather, thread, stuffing and timber. 65x50x50cm.

Struggle Mountain, 2012. Kangaroo leather, thread, stuffing and timber. 65x50x50cm.

June-July 2012: NYC

Six very splendid worldly-wising weeks in New York, spent on residency in fabulous live-in bespoke studio as part of Point B Worklodge, deep in hipster central North 7th Street Williamsburg. In amongst the flanuer wanderings, uber-show seeing and beautiful people meeting I even made a bit of work to show at the Open Studios night. 
Central Park wilderness
me reflected in Tom├ís Saraceno's 'Cloud City' on Roof at Metropolitan Museum
MoMa PS1 Warm Up party
my live-in studio wonderland
the working bit
studio show
Point B Worklodge open studios 
ink on paper drawing
ink on paper drawing
ink on paper drawing
ink on paper drawing
leather and found bricks/concrete
...all the way home :(