Take Hold of the Clouds
An Interview with Julia McInerney
I have been mentoring Julia McInerney for the last nine months as part of my private tutoring work and a lovely outcome of our work has been this interview which we produced together for her recent project as part of, Take Hold of the Clouds, Open House Melbourne.
To the east of the city at Villa Alba, Julia McInerney’s installation Joanna (2022) – a title that pays tribute to the artist’s mother – brings together works across photography, sculpture, and film, that slowly unfold through the faded glory of the interior spaces of this once renowned family home, former boarding house and now treasured museum. The installation is informed by McInerney’s research into Melbourne’s first female landscape architect Ina Higgins and, by extension, highlights the overlooked, unrecognised and unrecorded work of women that continues today.
Read or listen to the interview here:
The Seaweed Shop
I am slowly making progress on my large-scale, mid-career interior design, Artist's Studio project, The Seaweed Shop. The completed project will consist of the building exterior, the interior ground floor front room, a beautiful artist's library and the artist's garden, which contains a ceramics workshop with kiln. Once funded to become public - albeit in an individualised manner- The Seaweed Shop will enable short residencies for research, exhibitions, projects, writing, publications, as well as contemporary sustainable photographic, ceramic and botanical research and workshops.
The Seaweed Shop's philosophy is the creation a safe and stimulating space for the public presentation of work by otherwise marginalised creatives. The name of the project references a unique 1890's, Seaweed Florist in Hastings, run by a widow and her daughter.
My studio building here in St Leonards on Sea is a three storey end of terrance Victorian house in which I practice across a series of rooms - darkroom, archive, store, office. Septuagenarian artist and friend, Robert Ellis also lives and works here, inhabiting the top floors rooms.
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The Seaweed Shop (Exterior, Day) (Sunlight Mural After Edward Hopper, Morning Sun, 1952), 2020
Photo credit: Liz Seabrook