At Home Artist In Residence (AHAIR)
22 June – 5 July 2020, Hermit Park, Townsville, QLD
Sandi Hook was one of the three AHAIRs in the 2020 COVID-responsive program. Her project was centred on drawing and lithography processes.
“In my previous doctoral exhibition I journeyed to familiar locations to find new boundaries and meanings for place in North and Far North Queensland. My work as an artist is a solitary pursuit, however, when isolation is compulsory, this takes on new meaning. Freedoms to come and go at will are changed to an environment that is restricted or confined. [The body of work created in this residency] will rediscover elements of place in my environment to find newness in the ordinary and everyday aspects of my contained life. For this concept, I am influenced by a specific text Journey Round My Room written in the 19th century by Xavier de Maistre.
My strength is in my drawing and lithographic techniques. I am interested in experimental investigations, developing non-toxic processes, whole stone printing to edges and combining layers of colour and texture. These techniques will form the basis for my artwork.”
Work in progress
“Today I am 2nd etching my second stone and printing the first colour of stone 1. Hopefully it works. I am experimenting with a semi planned image and one of reaction, similar to covid reaction, such as haptic response.”
On a day in her second week, Sandi’s aim to grain the stone for a transfer image and drawing was thwarted with 2 transfers failing, so Sandi opted to draw the image. The non-linear path of experimentation can lead to unexpected results!
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Acknowledgement of Country
Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts respectfully acknowledges the Wulgurukaba of Gurambilbarra and Yunbenun and the surrounding groups of our region; Bindal, Gugu Badhan, Nywaigi, Warrgamay, Bandjin and Gudjal as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we gather, share and celebrate local creative practice. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. We acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as the first people of Australia. They have never ceded sovereignty and remain strong in their enduring connection to land and Culture.
Umbrella is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, part of the Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy, and by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, state and territory governments. | Umbrella is supported by the Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and receives funds through the Australian Cultural Fund. | Townsville City Council is a strategic partner of Umbrella's program.