The Finkelstein Files: The Art of Living Joyfully

Tolarno’s, a St.Kilda gastronomic institution for many decades of loyal customers gathered regularly to partake the bonhomie and Mirka Mora murals which festooned the walls with ducks, serpents, floral and doll-like motifs. One of Australia’s best-loved artist, Mirka Mora has passed this week, aged 90, much to the distress of the visual art community. HerContinue reading “The Finkelstein Files: The Art of Living Joyfully”

The Finkelstein Files: In My Room

“Mother says there are locked rooms inside all women; kitchen of lust, bedroom of grief, bathroom of apathy.” – from ‘The House’ by Warsan Shire In My Room is the telling title of Helen Gory’s newest body of works – at once an invitation and a provocation. Strongly symbolist in nature and style, she hasContinue reading “The Finkelstein Files: In My Room”

The Finkelstein Files: The Winds of Change

I love it when the spring shifts ever so slightly into summery mode. If you are based in Melbourne, Australia – you may also have taken note & fished out your sandals last week when the mercury hit 31 degrees two days, back-to-back. Alas, as optimistic as even the most seasoned veteran of our blink-andContinue reading “The Finkelstein Files: The Winds of Change”

The Finkelstein Files: Golden Repair

Above: Remembering the Pattern, 2016 Analogue collage, oil stick on hand painted rag paper, 34 x 46cm. Above: Where The Sun Don’t Shine, 2016 Analogue collage, oil stick on hand painted rag paper, 35 x 45cm. “Helen Gory’s art pivots upon its connections. Its power lies in its links. Her images seem to unspool andContinue reading “The Finkelstein Files: Golden Repair”

The Finkelstein Files: Cut & Paste

The female figure features often in Sally Smart’s artwork. Sometimes they’re rendered in quirky collages comprising magazine cut-outs and at other times are constructed from a mixture of fabrics and everyday objects. Her methods of cutting, pinning, sewing and stitching result in dynamic works of a layered, highly tactile nature, and allow her to ‘describe’Continue reading “The Finkelstein Files: Cut & Paste”