Open Studio 2019…

Our Annual Open Studio Day 2019 was preceded by a week or so of peculiar and destructive weather and wind events, so we ended up spending more time on garden reparation than on workshop prep…but hey. Big love to Bevie who came up from Toora to give us a hand.

The day itself turned into a gently paced affair with genuine interest from a mix of both first and repeat offenders. As always, there was an element of conscientious avoidance in the perp/mugshot parade – but because this meant disqualification from the draw of the Mugshot Prize, nobody else was complaining! The prize this year being a pair of Ginger’s Crownie earrings, interest was accordingly keen…

 

…and the lucky winner of the draw was…

Macca

Macca (package coming your way!!)

In the evening the Gang, joined by some of our fave miscreants, did Neddie proud with a Wake that lasted well into the wee hours. So here’s to our glorious obsession, Ned; another anniversary observed and we’re already looking forward to the next one! For those who couldn’t make it, never mind – it all happens again on 8th November 2020.

Meanwhile, here’s a glimpse of Open Studio 2019…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s dance…

Jerusalem: Hava Nagila, is Megsie’s response to Trump and (subsequently) Morrison’s decision to move their respective Embassies to Jerusalem; a provocation that will inevitably trigger dire repercussions in the perpetually fraught Middle East…

 

Megan Bottari, 'Jerusalem Hava Nagila', lost wax cast uranium glass, mixed media

Megan Bottari, Jerusalem: Hava Nagila, lost wax cast uranium glass, mixed media

 

Megan Bottari, 'Jerusalem: Hava Nagila' (blue light detail)

Let’s dance: Jerusalem: Hava Nagila (black light detail)

Megan Bottari, 'Jerusalem: Hava Nagila' (blue light disco)

Megan Bottari, 'Jerusalem: Hava Nagila' (uranium glow)

 

Historically the political wounds are dark and duodenum deep; the Wars of the Crusades, and every military offensive and unwelcome interference since, are now overlaid with clear and present danger and increasing affront. In this piece the celebratory dance of the Hava Nagila evokes strains of whirling dervishes, and the ammo is an intemperate live-fire exercise underscored by the unholy spectre of nuclear ‘treaty’.

The horse trading over such a universally emotive site as Jerusalem is unbelievably outrageous in itself. To Donald and Scomo: a pox on both your houses.

[And now Golan Heights! This is what happens when a fool is handed the keys of high office. And as for Pompeo’s gormless remarks about Trump being sent by God….!!! Come on America – time to dig out your moral compass. Please. (n)Ed]

 

Megan Bottari, 'Jerusalem: Hava Nagila', lost wax cast uranium glass, mixed media

 

 

 

Joyful start to the brand new year…

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Wedding bells and happy ever afters; the continuing tale of the Owl and the Pussycat…

 

Megan Bottari, Happy Ever After (from the Owl and the Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

Megan Bottari, Happy Ever After (from the Owl and the Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

Megan Bottari, Happy Ever After (from the Owl and the Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

Megan Bottari, Happy Ever After (from the Owl and the Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

Megan Bottari, Happy Ever After (from the Owl and The Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

And anchors away for a lazy cruise across azure kelp beds…

 

megan bottari, surf and turf (kelp beds) 7

megan bottari, surf and turf (kelp beds) 8

megan bottati, surf and turf (kelp beds) 4

megan bottari, surf and turf (kelp beds) 6

Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf #11 (Cruising the kelp beds), lost wax cast Australian crystal

 

Megsie

 

Darker matters (as both series evolve)…

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Romance, a cautionary tale…

 

Megan Bottari, Lost at Sea (from the Owl and the Pussycat series), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal

 

Meanwhile, on the good ship bismillah…

 

Megan Bottari, Asylum (the emigre), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal, found object

Megan Bottari, Asylum (the emigre), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal, found object

Megan Bottari, Asylum (the emigre), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal, found object

Megan Bottari, Live export: not a cruise, lost wax cast Australian lead crystal, found object

 

And that omnipresent concern….

 

Megan Bottari, Asylum (the émigré), lost wax cast Australian lead crystal, found object

 

 

Megsie

Face to face…

Pink bits Neddie

 

The anniversary of Neddy’s hanging day is nigh (11th November), ergo preparation is underway for our annual open studio day. This year we’re joining the Festival of the Face program, celebrating artists and communities in towns and villages across the shire.

Those of you who have already attended previous open days will know that there’s a facet of the visit that fits in particularly well with the Festival of the Face thematic; our Mugshot Files, which feature art loving perps from across the shire and beyond.

Here’s a glimpse of past parades (by way of example!)…

 

 

 

 

This year, to up the ante, we’re introducing the Mugshot Prize (our version of a lucky door prize); kicking off with one of Megsie’s lost wax cast Australian lead crystal oyster shells…

 

Megan Bottari, lost wax cast Australian lead crystal oyster shells

 

What could be more appropriately representative of our gloriously pristine champion oyster farming environment!

And there’s a further nod to our beautiful region on show this year; Megsie’s newest body of work, the Surf and Turf series. We think of these cast glass pieces as a metaphoric face of the Shire – ostensibly Surf and Turf is an ode to the Far South Coast of NSW, a visual aggregate of our agrarian coastal culture (not least being the local bloke’s fave meal of choice!)

 

Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf #2 (Westernport)

Megan Bottari, Surf and Turf rear

Megan Bottari, It's blue

Megan Bottari Surf and Turf Fleet Review

Megan Bottari, from the Surf and Turf series, lost wax cast Australian lead crystal.

At Prisoners of the Crown we’ve long had an enduring interest in portraiture (particularly those of our fave bushrangers)…

 

Ginger Bottari, Ned Kelly cameo from the Prisoners of the Crown series, saw pierced titanium

Ginger Bottari, Dan Kelly cameo (from the Prisoners of the Crown series), saw pierced titanium

Ginger Bottari, Captain Moonlight cameo (from the Prisoners of the Crown series),  saw pierced titanium

Ginger Bottari, Ben Hall cameo (from the Prisoners of the Crown series), saw pierced titanium

Ginger Bottari, Bushranger Cameos (Ned, Dan, Captain Midnight, Ben), saw pierced brushed titanium

…with Ned, of course, being our magnificent (and principle) obsession.

Our Annual Open Studio day (Sunday 11th November 2018) includes a viewing of the studio workshops (in the old stables) and our gallery (in the old Courtroom) and runs from 10.30am to 3.30pm. We are at the Old Police Station and Courthouse in the Village of Wyndham – just keep an eye out for Maurice de Ute…

 

Maurice de Ute

Hope to see you then.

 

                  Ginger                     Megsie

Heritage contemporised…

 

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When everything old is new again. The charm of contemporary jewellery is that marriage of the craft, the art historic and the zeitgeist of the present day (with mutual respect for all three) – particularly in the case of cultural artefacts. Because tradition is a beautiful thing, all the more so in an au courant context. Which brings us to Giuseppe Jack Alexander Murray’s Christening present: what to gift a wee bairn of Scottish-Australian/Sicilian heritage to fittingly celebrate his entree to the heterogeneous tribe…

 

Ginger Bottari, Murray clan pin, saw pierced brushed titanium, opal and gemstone.

It’s his kilt pin (sans dagger, in the spirit of universal pacifism.)

Over 100 hours in the making (63 saw blades!), 8 layers, the opal to mirror his Antipodean roots – here’s hoping he’ll be a Wild Colonial Boy! – and a bucket of unadulterated Sicilian sentimentality.

A labour of love. Priceless.

 

Ginger