obliteration installation

Art4All 2014

I am SOO exhausted. I was at school for more than 12 hours every day since Thursday.  And I don’t think I sat down for more than 5 minutes at a time for all those hours. My feet feel like I’ve just done an 8 hour shift at Maccas (that was a long time ago).  And now it’s all over for another year. Everything went very smoothly. Hooray. The weather was great. The food was delicious. The art was super.  Everyone did so much!

Here’s some things I made (jewellery, dish cloths, salad servers) and some bits and pieces (including those boxes and my mannequin) put to good use in the shop.

The ARTzone was full of kids being creative all day Sunday.  I think this is my favourite part of Art4All.  Here’s some recycled art … build your own rocket ship in the construction room.




And some detail from Van Gogh’s Dot Room from Sunday afternoon.  It went from white to very colourful.  And I think there are still 1000+  dots for the kids to stick up at school this week … I like Yoyo’s signature … I wrote LEA in there too, but it didn’t look as cool as her name!

For me the show, Cirque Disarray was a real highlight. The actors fromBorn in a Taxi were just lovely to deal with and I laughed from the beginning to the end of the show.  I had sore cheeks from laughing so much! Especially as Clive, India and Hamish all got starring roles.


the white room

Oh Trish, Sarah, Rachel and Marg, it looks sooooo good!  All your organising has paid off already … and Art4All hasn’t even started yet!


On the weekend at the working bee we cleared out the shipping container that is on permanent loan from Linfox to the school. On Monday Steve came and painted it white (thanks Steve). Yesterday the furniture went in.


Marg bought the bed from a friend (it’s much better than the one I found). Some frames came from the op shop. The chairs are second hand, there’s some old shirts … it’s recycled heaven.

And it looks just like Van Gogh’s bedroom. But white.  See?


Today Marg is going to take each class in to the ‘dot room’ and each student will get to stick up JUST ONE DOT … a taster of what’s going to happen at Art4All. And to start the dot ball rolling …

Mind you, we have 1000s of dots to put up over the weekend, maybe 6000 or more.  And some are really big … 10cm wide.   So I imagine at Art4All everyone will be given a sheet of dots, not just one.

How fun. I can hardly wait to add some dots myself … I hope I get a BIG one.

Note the dotty path leading to the container … that’s my contribution. I cut the dots out of the same fake grass that went down under Milkshake. And then enlisted some helpers to paint (thanks kids)!!!

van gogh’s bedroom

Yesterday I dropped the kids at school, wrote an art show newsletter and sent it off to the school office, had a shower (quite an achievement I know), went to the matinee performance of the school concert, went op-shopping for a bed like the one in Van Gogh’s bedroom … I might* have purchased something for myself while I was looking … And then I dropped in at The Plaza (that’s Northcote Plaza), picked the kids up from school, edited the photos I took of the concert and sent them to school, checked my emails, cooked dinner, sent Clive and India off to the night performance of the concert … And took a breath. 6.38pm.

So, here’s the bed I found for $20. Sort of the right shape to be Van Gogh’s bed.  I think we could cover the wrought iron with cardboard to look like wood and it could work.  If we are desperate.  Which we nearly are …

Sounds odd I know, but we need the bed for our interactive art installation at Art4 All this year.  We are revisiting Yayoi Kusama’s ‘obliteration gallery’ with a Van Gogh twist (interesting already huh?).

A room is fully furnished and everything is white. White walls, white floor, white furniture. Then coloured dots are added, and the changes are documented in photos. In Australia I know it has been done at the Brisbane Art Gallery. And at Fun For Kids in Warrnambool.  And now at Fairfield Primary School! And obviously, we are recreating Van Gogh’s bedroom.  Because the kids have been studying Vincent Van Gogh this year.


Note I am just the op shop ring-in on this one. Others on the committee have been organising this super fun activity.  They are just having trouble finding a bed … and I thought I might have some luck …

So, I’ll send the photo of the bed I found around and see what people think, and maybe I’ll just check out The Brotherhood store in Brunswick today as well … it would be devastating to compromise and then find the perfect bed at the next op shop I visit!

* yes, I did buy something