Aha! You are wondering about my new workspace? Not as cluttered and busy as my usual space. And your wondering about my choice of colours and furniture? So minimal you say! No... this cosy corner is in my favourite Brisbane building - the State Library in fact. It is full of alcoves and secret rooms and tucked away spaces. It was so humid last thursday I packed myself off to this Library for a good 7 hours - with lunch, water, pens and paper as I had a whole lot of planning and writing I wanted to do. Enough of the computer and wonky old fan... I opted for air conditioning in the best building I know! Caught up with the latest art magazines, found some great new books in the collection and did get my work done too... all so quietly and calmly. Even when I decided to decamp 3 floors down for a strong coffee I came back to find no-one in my room!
On my round table you might you may notice a large open book. The following images were from this I think newly published title: Herbarium by Robyn Stacey and Ashley Hay. The red images are sea-weeds. Below are pages on ferns.
the 2 images below are from a book on Philip Taaffe who has an excellent website listed on the sidebar of this blog close to the bottom. For me he is such a complex and rich artist with a unique take on art that is very much of his time but so not driven by externals. Interviews, books, written material I find always prompts reflection... and visually there is so much going on to spend time exploring.
As I introduced you to the State library I will share a photo I took of an amazing glass box jutting out as if over the river - its an excellent reading/computer room. Below is an image from when the building was nearing completion of that same room. And below that is a visual of the entire building designed by Brisbane architects Donovan Hill Peddle Thorpe. Read more here about this great building and its many functions and collections. In 2007 it was voted 'building of the year' in Australia by RAIA judges who described it as "culturally and climatically a Queenslander - partly grand library and part community hall with its interiors opening like the chapters of a good book" I'm totally smitten and given it is near the Qld Art Gallery and GoMA and the rest of the whole cultural precinct what's not to like!