Drawing on everyone’s walls.

25 November, 2010

A piece of art with a lot of very small detailed paisley and flower drawing/ doodling forming a border around the words "I AM A BIGOT".
A drawing with a lot of small paisley and flower doodles in blue ink forming a border around the words "I DON'T TRUST YOU".
A drawing on paper with lots of flowers that look vaguely like pansies drawn in pink ink with the bottom quarter of the drawing obscured by a pink ink spill. Written in gold ink in the centre is "I MAKE MISTAKES".
A drawing on several layers of film of lots of little paisley and flower shapes forming a border around the words "SELF CENTRED". Colour from the lower layers fills the paisley and flower shapes in reds, purples and greens.

After all my talk about taking time to do personal work, I’ve not really even had the time to do that. I have done a lot of sketching and doodling throughout the last few months, but in recent weeks my brain has told me to shut down and focus on myself and drawing. Some pretty crap things have happened and these are a reflection on my responses to these things, they are pretty honest and raw.

It’s interesting seeing how other people react to my drawings, a few people have told me how visceral their response is and how the feel attached in some way. Other people’s feelings aren’t so fond, instead they are prompted to defend something (like longstanding assumptions.)

I know that I can’t be alive and be me without drawing. Mark-making grounds me and helps me feel connected to the world. Sometimes I struggle to understand where I fit in within “art” and being pretty horrified by how capitalism corrupts and hurts people I am also suspicious of even trying to do proper “art” within the proper “art” world. I guess I’m happy doodling in the margins. ;)

Though, sometimes people do let me put my drawings on their walls! Here’s a list of places where you can witness this rare and precious thing in the next few weeks:

Curvy Launch Melbourne
Third Floor – Mag Nation
88 Elizabeth St Melbourne.
Thursday November 25 from 7pm – TONIGHT!

Curvy Launch Brisbane
Nine Lives Gallery
694 A Ann St, Fortitude Valley
Thursday December 2 from 7pm

On The Wall
Part of The Finders Keepers Sydney
The inside foyer at CarriageWorks
245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh, NSW.
Friday 3rd December from 6pm – 10pm
Saturday 4th December from 10am – 5pm

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  • I really enjoy your art. It is similar to what I would like to draw, but your talent is way ahead of anything I have drawn. Amazing drawings. It is kind of a contrast of beauty and anger. I think they are great.

  • I absolutely adore your artwork, Natalie. I want your paisley and floral patterns tattooed all over my body!

  • Kaviare

    I fucking LOVE the ‘I make mistakes’ one. This week, I identify with that. The alt text made me smile, too :)

  • Cyn

    I really really REALLY love this series. It sort of reminds me of Jenny Holzer’s truisms, but with a lot more fance. It’s great how good art can come out from bad situations. A bit cliche, but true sometimes.

  • I would love to buy a print of the ‘self-centred’ one. Any chance of that happening?

  • I feel the same way about music as you do about art. If I’m not creating or playing something regularly, then I’m not really living. People say to me all the time ‘why don’t you record something’ or ‘why aren’t you in a band’ and that kind of thing, but for me it’s not about making money from it or being famous or even truly being ‘a musician’. It’s about me being me – doing the thing that expresses who I am better than anything in the world.

    I think your drawings are fab, whatever the reason you do them.