I recently had the opportunity to spend a few weeks on the little Danish island of Bornholm, which is located south of Sweden, in the middle of the Baltic Sea (I was offered the use of a summerhouse so I could explore and paint this magical place). Bornholm has a scattering of small towns and villages across the island, with gorgeous colourful houses and little harbours. In each village there is also usually a smoking house with their distinctive chimneys and delicious smoked fish for sale. I found the landscapes mesmerising and whilst I was there I had a very productive time of painting, and will continue to be inspired for a long time to come.
My residency at SVFK finished at the end of June. I thoroughly enjoyed immersing myself in lithography, and producing a series of images of my newly discovered Danish surroundings. This has been a continuation of my long-held fascination with urban and rural environments – and specifically the quality of light in these places.
I originally intended to focus on the historic buildings in the immediate vicinity of SVFK, however I became more interested in imagery of the natural environment and made lithographs of Bøllemosen and Fanø as well as areas in Copenhagen such as Søndermarken and Frederiksberg Have.
Lithography is a medium that has enabled me to experiment with drawing, to develop different states of the same image. This allowed me to investigate how different qualities of light can be achieved in an image through counter-etching the stone and experimental use of colour. Images of the prints are online here in the print page of this site.
My Residency at the Danish Art Workshops or SVFK is underway and I have been loving making lithographs again in this fantastic facility. I’ve had a whole print workshop to make a new body of work – stay tuned for images!
In June I have a residency at the Statens Værksteder for Kunst (SVFK) or the Danish Art Workshops. This is an amazing place right on the harbour in central Copenhagen. It’s there for artists to achieve specific projects using the generous facilities and studio spaces, across all mediums. I will be based in the lithographic workshop to make a new series of prints. I’m excited to have this fantastic opportunity to make some images of the local area.
I’m excited to be invited to work with Better Weather, the Danish collaborative duo Anne Werner and Kasper Lynge Jensen, on an exhibition next month at Stereo Exchange. We will be combining our respective practices to make a site specific installation. Opening 20 Nov 2020.
I have some work in an exhibition that celebrates a history of printmaking at Megalo Print Studio in Canberra. ‘Return of the Archive’ features work by artists that have been associated with the access workshop over the last forty years. The prints are drawn from an archive that was recently returned from the collection of the National Gallery of Australia. Participating artists include: Alison Alder, Surya Bajracharya, GW Bot, Heather Burness, Dianne Fogwell, Annie Franklin, Kirrily Hammond, Bernard Hardy, Nicci Haynes, Patti Holden, Judy Horacek, Suzanne Knight, Julian Laffan, Arone Meeks, Erica Seccombe and Graeme Wood, among others.
1 Sept – 30 Dec 2020
Megalo Print Studio + Gallery
21 Wentworth Avenue, Kingston, ACT Australia
10am – 3pm, Tuesday – Friday | +612 6232 6041 | www.megalo.org
Penelope Cain invited me to participate in a collaborative project that documents the skies during the COVID 19 global lockdown.
Artists, creatives and others around the world are documenting the colour of the sky as the world goes through large social changes associated with the Coronavirus pandemic. These images and videos are being collated in a website and an instagram account.
Most simply, this project is a collection of photos of the sky, taken around the same place, at around the same time, once or twice a week. Check out the collaborators tab for list of all collaborators, with links to website and more information.
I’m very happy to report that the Newcastle Art Gallery recently acquired my drawing ‘Swoon I’ 2009 for its collection.
It’s especially exciting to be part of my hometown collection – I was born in Newcastle, way back when!
On Friday Dr Grishin reviewed Lowlands in glowing terms, in a piece titled ‘Putting a touch of magic into everyday reality‘, in the Canberra Times that opened with ‘she creates gem-like tableaux, which shimmer on the gallery walls’. The mention of Clarice Beckett and the ‘European tradition of the sublime’ is high praise indeed, and greatly appreciated.
‘Hammond has been exhibiting for over two decades and has established a reputation as an artist who manages to transfigure a common everyday reality into something that has been touched with a bit of magic.’
I’m super pleased that the opening of my exhibition ‘lowlands‘ went really well – the works were finally all together on the wall and I could take a step back on my activities over the last 6 months. It was also lovely to see some old friends and feel that Canberra art community support.
Back in April I was super lucky to be in the midst of six amazing Adelaide artists at the Gate 8 Workshop, when I undertook a short residency in their loft space – a desk and time and space to myself to develop new work for my forthcoming exhibition in September at Beaver Galleries, Canberra. I managed to get a whole lot of new paintings underway and a renewed excitement for the next body of work. stay tuned for images soon..
16 – 20 May 2018
Menzies Art Brands
1 Darling St, South Yarra
Glenmorgahn, Brunswick East 2013
The M Collection celebrated 10 years of collecting with an exhibition at Menzies Art Brands, South Yarra In Melbourne. On display was a diverse and outstanding collection of work selected by the 10 members of the M Collection, who have been rotating the works in their homes every 6 months since 2008. Two of my paintings were included – Glenmorgahn, Brunswick East 2013 and The Gloaming 2013.
Sim and I are super pleased that Art Guide Australia featured our exhibition ‘Keepsake’ in their Top 5 Exhibitions for the week 2-8 October 2017