AND NOW FOR SOME R&R // after an intense couple of weeks, teenager dog and woman are off for a well-earned internet-free weekend at a beautiful beach house. Maybe I’ll pick some flowers while I’m there. Or maybe I’ll sleep for two days. Or maybe I’ll do both… // See ya Monday.
SUCH A VERY PRIVATE VIEW // Prints getting printed, framing in process… counting down the days until 1 March… I’ve taken real risks with this show artistically, shown sides of myself I usually keep hidden. This exhibition encompasses drawing, self-portraiture ,photographs, painting, words, flowers… It draws together all the ways I’ve made art over the last 29 years into three rooms in my home. To be honest I’ve even surprised myself with some of the artwork I’ve made - some of it has just come out of nowhere. It’s exciting what you can do when you really push to the edge of yourself. // I”ve still got more to do. I’m determined to do another painting for the show. There’s someone I want to say something about who meant a lot to me. But it’s something quiet and soft and gentle that I want to say and I’m not sure I”m in that kind of headspace right now. Cross fingers I can bust it out. // Now this epic 14 hour workday ends with a deep soak in a hot bath scented with roses. My kind of heaven. // http://www.fleurwickes.co.nz/#/about-the-exhibition/
ALL THE STARS IN THE SKY // This is a detail of an artwork I completed today - for the exhibition. // The words on this large artwork go like this: [you are] all the stars in the sky, [we’re] in the middle of so much rain, this is how the years go by [I love you]. // Quite fitting for Valentine’s Day, don’t you think. Valentine’s Day ain’t just for lovers. It’s for love in the wider sense of the word. // I’m so looking forward to being able to show you this artwork in it’s entirety. Bring on March 1st! // For those of you who are gonna be in Whanganui 1-30 March, here’s a link to bookings for the show. Come see it! http://www.fleurwickes.co.nz/#/new-page/ // For those of you who are curious about the show, but can’t make it into town, I”m gonna try my best to show it to you online. Nothing’s better than experincing it in the real, but I reckon I’ll be able to cobble together something interesting for ya, all the same :-)
MY WORKROOM TONIGHT // Here’s my workroom wall, how it looks right now, tonight. The lovely yellow light I use to comfort me, my shadow on the wall keeping the light company as I work work work towards this show. // I’d like to say progress is slow and steady but the rhythm of getting this show together is more like an all-of-a-sudden-racing heartbeat. Slow slow slow, frantic. Life getting in the way big time accounts for the slow bits. Life getting in the way big time accounts for the frantic bits, too. But that IS exactly what this show is all about. My. Life. Warts and mofo all. // This show is going to be imperfect and rough around the edges and personal as fck. // A private view. 1-30 March. // Come see it. http://www.fleurwickes.co.nz/#/about-the-exhibition/
WITH ALL MY FEROCIOUS LOVE // On a personal level, my day has been real tough. You know those days. But tonight, you know what’s lifting my spirits? Doing things like writing wee notes like this from one lover to another on a gift tag. Tonight I’m writing an inscription on a special studioprint a man has bought for his wife and he says to her ‘home is where you are’. I just find that so lovely. How marvellous that he loves her like that. // And don’t get me started on ferocious love. I remember loving ferociously. Love so strong I could taste it. Isn’t love marvellous. Aren’t we humans marvellous, that we can love at all.
GOLD AND PENCIL AND WHITE AND BLACK… // Spent the first half of the day on my exhibitiion. The second half of the day is on another thing that spins my dial: working on the orders all of you have sent in. // This shot is a detail from a custom print of ‘you are worth it darling, 2015’. This artwork I usually do as a studioprint, but I was asked to make a special archival custom print of this for a very special gift. It’s got gold and pencil overdrawing, and an inscription. Man, I dig it. // Custom prints are special prints of artwork I’ve already made. Commissions are where I make something completely from scratch, just for you. Either way, I deliver something beautiful and bespoke. // And I wanted to say thank you to ALL of you who have made orders in the last week or so - way more of you than I expected in the first week of February. For sure, the money is useful and keeps food on my table. But it is the transaction between us that also is very important. I make an artwork I”m proud of, you like it enough to buy one, I feel validated as an artist, I get to give you something you consider beautiful for your home, I get to continue to make artwork because of the money you paid me. What a bloody fantastic cycle. Thank you. Mad as this crazy artist’s life is, it’s the only way I want to live, and your buying of my work helps me do it. CHOICE. // http://www.fleurwickes.co.nz/studio-prints-2011-2017/you-are-worth-it-darling-2015
THE ROAD I’M ON, 11 FEB 2018 // Right now, my life is all about this: standing right here where I am, looking right down deep inside my self, making artwork that gets as close as I possibly can to expressing how it is that I feel. The result will be ‘a private view’, opening 1 March. The process is difficult and scary and easy and fcking joyous, all at the same time.
VD #5, 7 February 2018 // https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3iF4oUpMI4&feature=youtu.be
LIFE AIN’T ALL BEER AND SKITTLES // Whatever the fck that phrase means is beyond me, but the sound of it suits my mood so I’ll go with it. // Today has been an extremely difficult day. Today ain’t been a happy one. Yes indeed there have been tears. // This shot shows a detail from two works in my upcoming show, “a private view”. The self-portrait on the left talks about grief, the “i cried” on the right talks about brutality. Both of them talk about the deep dark black in our lives. Even if we are lucky enough to live a lovely life most of the time, we all sometimes get hurt so hard it’s like a truck hit. My new show doesn’t shy away from that fact. // If you wanna see it in real life, here’s the link to book for the show: http://www.fleurwickes.co.nz/#/new-page/
IT’S BEAUTIFUL HERE AT THE EDGE: THE ORIGINAL
Today I’ve been playing around with positioning of artwork within the exhibition space.
I’m liking the way the original version of [it’s beautiful here at the edge] , painted onto a beautiful blackboard-green thin metal sheet, is looking in this stripe of afternoon light.
It’s quite a big artwork actually, it’s just that the floral artwork is very big, lol.
I’m excited about the decision to put this into the show: there’s only one of these, and I’m curious to see which home it’ll go to. It’ll be available for sale 1 March 2018. // [For everyone else, here is the lovely studioprint version: http://www.fleurwickes.co.nz/studio-prints-2011-2017/its-beautiful-here-at-the-edge-2017]