18 August 2018

Here are some postcards I made recently using offcuts of mat board.

This a thank you to a Doctor I met. It's from the packaging for some kind of dried persimmon treat I ate in Japan, I can't remember what it was exactly.


My nephew is obsessed with giraffes so he got a page from Animal Orchestra.


Today's porridge:

  • oats, pearl barley, millet, quinoa
  • grated pumpkin and sweet potato
  • sultanas and goji berries
  • walnuts

Likely that sounds pretty strange for breakfast, but with salt it is in no way bland. It's really filling, very nourishing and easy to digest. The taste of quinoa is pretty average in my opinion; the contempary obsession with it is a marketing success no doubt. A little does go a long way as quite a good thickener so I am slowly using up what I bought.

13 August 2018


In the great loneliness
Where there was one
The need for the many arose.

The reach of awareness
Tasting only its self
Became enamoured with the sensation.

Looking into the distance,
It discovered the distance.
Looking back, nothing it saw.

Unaware of the nature of perfection,
It opened its mouth to speak
And there was a mouth.

But with no-one to hear
It grew ears
And music was born.

In love with song
The song was love
And love was all.

Travelling out,
the sound continued
And did not return.

On the verge of exhaustion
The echo awoke new dimensions
And created all the worlds.

Its hunger was endless
As it sought
Only to return home.

I suppose there are a thousand, if not a million versions of this poem and unsurprisingly it seems unfinished...

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Today's porridge:

  • steel-cut oats
  • dried fig, goji berries and sultanas
  • walnuts
  • modest-sized apple, vigorously grated
  • forgot the cinnamon
  • bit of salt later

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Someday,
The perfect porridge;
Maybe today,
Probably tomorrow.

12 August 2018

I know I should make a gift
to the visiting traveler
Of my book of the way
but I stole my copy
So many years ago
it now has sentimental value
And I can not bear
to part with it
They ask what I learnt from it
the finger and the moon I say
The meeting place of the two
is in you.

*

No burden, no weight,
This heart will not accept
Such a human fate.

And then you come sail upon it so easily,
Until suddenly I find
I am the ship and you are the sea:

No-one is more surprised than me.

*

Ashes

The falling incense,
Like a thunderclap -
Awake!

*

The end of a candle
is all happiness.

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If ever should another tree
choose to speak to me,
What whisper would
it bring from Eternity.

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What little I own
is borrowed glory
from nature's throne.

02 August 2018

A better question
Is often the answer.

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My poems are not getting any longer, but my porridge recipe is getting stronger.

I am now experimenting with a combination of:

  • millet
  • pearl parley
  • buckwheat
  • steel-cut oats
  • walnuts

From a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective, the general idea behind this blend is that it is mostly cooling, clears heat and dries dampness. It's good for the spleen and also build qi, blood and tonify yin.

All up for one person, including the nuts, about 2/3 of a cup is about right. Add a good pinch of salt. This likes to boil and simmer for 30-40 minutes, you can't really use too much water as it will just take longer to reduce to your desired consitency. It is quite toothsome.

It sounds incredibly bland, but you can really add any kind of dried fruit, nuts, chopped apple or pear. If the walnuts in the above version are super fresh it is tasty as is.

Making good congee is the next frontier for me.

26 July 2018

22 July 2018

In all the worlds You are,
Where is Your absence,
Existence is not.

19 July 2018

Primavera 2018

One year ago tomorrow, my friend Andrew Tenison's exhibition Let Me Imagine You opened at Canberra Contemporary Art Space Manuka.


A revised and expanded body of this work is now going to be part of Primavera 2018 in the Museum of Contempary Art. I believe this is what they call hitting the big time.

I have been modelling for Andrew for this series for over two years now. It has been a real adventure with many trips to Albury, Bonegilla, Cooma and Goulburn.

This is a photo I took of Andrew on location which reminds me of the set of Apocalypse Now, only with less Dennis Hopper.


I have learnt a lot about the artistic process through this experience. Usually I read artist statements and find them slightly obscure, to be kind, but being such a close part of this process, I really appreciate the intensity and energy that has gone into his creation.

Here is my hand holding the flyer for Let Me Imagine You and that is my hand in the picture. That picture has been hand printed way bigger for Primavera 2018, along with a number of other shots. Don't worry, I'm not in all of them.



Here are fun shots on location which are definitely not in any exhibition.




In the words of Derek Zoolander: "The calendar was great because it gave people a chance to see a side of my versatility."