I found the change from my leafy, green surrounds in Brisbane quite shocking for a few days in the sense that I was all ready to paint and all I had before me were these geometric towers of glass and concrete...so disconcertingly different from my brisbane preoccupation with seed pods and vegetation.
I adapted soon enough and found a rhythm that was punctuated by visits to lane-way cafes and catch ups with friends.
Nights spent in the studio became later and later...relief from the heat that came as january closed in. Jumping on the tram late at night to get back to the home of friends in St Kilda became a peaceful reverie at the end of a long day of paint and city geometry.
This wonderful experience was a catalyst for a number of developments and reconnections with great people...to those who so generously hosted me during my stay....huge thanks Carolyn, James and family, Michael, and Janita, Roland and family. Also Megan, Shane, Eva, Leanne and Robbie for great hospitality.
Big thanks to Carolyn Cardinet, Peter Bourke and Co at Vic Uni for coming up with this whole great Alumni project and reunion in the first place which is why I ended up doing the residency seemingly out of the blue!