Jessie Adams is a Melbourne-based multi-disciplinary artist specialising in photography and textile design, who articulates sublime landscapes and magical microcosms onto silk. Jessie’s first solo show, MIRAGE, comprises eight pieces of digitally-printed silk. She took a break from cracking whips for her other practice and passion, performance art, to talk to us about her work.
Melissa Hamlyn (Neoncubicle) is a visual artist who treats her studio like a laboratory. She works with digital pattern making, projection and textiles, using abstract motifs to produce conceptual mind maps of her travels and connections with people.
There’s a sacred magic to a girl’s bedroom, and feminist illustrator/all-round babe Gemma Flack invokes it with ritualistic relish in her solo exhibition, Angry Girls Club. Housed upstairs in Collingwood’s Off The Kerb Gallery, Angry Girls Club is a series of portraits of rad defiant girls and women embodying feminine resilience and identity.
Melbourne is famous for alleyway cafés, but Kinship & Co is the only one I’ve encountered where the staff run a relentless onslaught of banter that rivals The Muppet Show, regulars are nicknamed after fictional serial killers, and the tongue-in-cheek pop music referencing jaffles make working in the soulless corporate side of the Melbourne CBD considerably more tolerable and exponentially more delicious.
Walking into Bryn DC’s home feels akin to entering a room in Guillermo del Toro’s Bleak House. Bryn is an artist whose proclivity for the horror genre and darker mythologies has seen him develop as a photographer, sculptor, special effects artist and designer. He talks to us about his passion for filmmaking, how ignorance is more macabre than death, his latest work, and the importance of art.
“When I was at uni, me and a few girlfriends came up with the idea to get naked, cover ourselves in glitter and yell about shit. We thought it was hilarious, but we didn’t know if it would fly and we hadn’t had much performing experience.” Five years later, Tony was the last of the group still in Canberra, but felt she now had the experience to make Glitoris happen. “It was right after Julia’s misogyny speech in Parliament,” she says. “It felt like this new wave of feminism was coming through. It was the right time.”
George Rose is an artist, illustrator and avid muralist whose reputation as a multidisciplinary creative precedes her. She has been a ubiquitous artistic force in Canberra for years. For a while I was convinced ‘George Rose’ was the name of some magical mythical creature leaving soul-sparking artwork in her wake, like the illustrator version of the Questing Beast. After having met her in person and seen her studio, this conviction hasn’t changed.
It’s not every day that you go to a piano concert in which one of the headlining performers is a live swarm of bees. In Dance of the Bee, the proffering of composer Martin Friedel, pianist Michael Kieran Harvey, the Astra Choir and Arts House, you get to see probably one of the only concerts to be described as an “interspecies musical collaboration.”