During a symposium at Artspace, Sydney in 2013, ‘You’re one of the reasons I make art’ was inscribed in the notebook of one collaborator by the other. Two years later, in-residence at Parramatta Artist Studios, these words were again shared between us on a hand-glittered note.
These words evolved in 2016 into a note of gratitude mailed out to the people and places that play a meaningful role in our practice—peers, teachers, mentors, galleries we have exhibited at or frequented together, artists whom we have discussed at length. These envelopes tell a story of our collaborative process: the time spent in-conversation, car-pooling from the western suburbs, studying at SCA, working at MOP Projects. This is a practice that has developed from conversations over years of our different approaches to Painting, and our growing dependence in decision-making. Questioning our own desire to collaborate, and the places we choose to make work, is pushing us further into public spaces—to think about, and talk about why and where we make art, who and what our influences are. This is encapsulated in our commissioned work for Parramatta Lanes Festival in 2016, YOU ARE ONE OF THE REASONS I MAKE ART.
Our collaborative practice began in 2011 with Painting Takes A Walk. This performative work was exhibited in Toowoomba as Wall Painting: The Exhibitions; and a practice of traversing spaces and places emerged. In 2015 we were invited to install Painting Takes A Walk II in Clandulla State Gallery, recently exhibited as A Work for Clandulla State Gallery (2015-2017) at Umbrella Studio, Townsville.