Art on paper

The Timeless Land - Wentworth redgum

The Art on Paper Award at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery is a biennial prize awarded for art created on or with paper. For me it’s a lovely exhibition to be selected for as it’s a beautiful space, and on my ‘home ground’. So happy that one of the works from my series The Timeless Land was selected, along with another piece from the Recovering Roots exhibition: The Futurist’s Dilemma series by Chris Lawrie. It’s opening tonight! The show will be on daily until July 26.

Read more about The Timeless Land series | See The Timeless Land images

Portrait of my sister Kate

Dear departed – My sister kate

Since my sister Kate died last year, I have been intermittently delving into images of her to develop a series of portraits. It’s slow going, more therapy than creativity perhaps. The first portrait I was happy with is this one, ‘Dear departed’, and it has been selected as a finalist in the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture, opening today.

Here’s my artist statement about the image:

“My beautiful sister Kate died recently, after losing her fraught 20-year battle with an eating disorder. Kate loved walking in her local national park, finding nature less troublesome than human relationships.

After losing her, it struck me how bereavement plays tricks on your mind, making you believe that you see the object of your grief everywhere around. Although I don’t believe in an ‘after-life’, I do believe that our life energy is absorbed back into the universe in the same way that our body is.

This portrait combines these ideas – an ephemeral vision of Kate emerges from, and represents the dispersal of her spirit into, the natural environment that she loved.”

Here is a link to the Olive Cotton Award for Photographic Portraiture 2013 catalogue.

sort of doing the orient express …

Balloon over Goreme

We’ve been travelling in Europe following the Threshold Concepts conference, kind of following the Orient Express route from London to Istabul. It’s been a while since I’ve posted artwork, that’s because I have been posting to my travel blog, and then for the last month sorting the 3,500 photos that Chris and I took. Here’s a slideshow of about 500 of them. Chris is making some great compositions from these, and that is what I will be doing soon 🙂

“Too much ask …”

Murray mandalas I/2
If you are in Sydney in January, please check out my upcoming exhibition:
“Too much ask …” Murray River 2010

Photomedia works by Belinda Allen
Opening drinks Saturday January 22, 2-4pm
Exhibition dates 21 January – 2 February 2011

Hazelhurst Community Gallery
782 Kingsway, Gymea. Ph 8536 5700

For more, download the artist statement, go to the “Too much ask …” slideshow or the gallery photoset.