Friday, May 20, 2016

Calling All Artists!

While this blog has been dormant for some time now I thought, what few remain connected to it, may find what I have to say of interest.

I have recently been lucky enough to become the art editor of the new lit mag The Drowning Gull. It's set to be pretty amazing and the first issue just recently went live so have a gander.

The second issue is open for submissions now. It’s a nonfiction and art issue with a nature theme so if that’s what you’re into, or you know someone who is, take a look at the submissions page and send us something. You can find some insights on the kind of art I’m looking for on the TDG blog. The same goes for our fiction and poetry editors.

I for one, can’t wait to immerse myself in art once again, I've missed this blog. But now I have another. So if you're keen on submitting to TDG or want to keep in the loop on my work as editor (among other things) you can find me at Read Write Think Repeat. Stop by, have a drink. We can talk about highbrow concepts in art and literature or even better, Masterchef and The Bachelor.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Blogs New and Old

I'm sad to go but I've decided it's time to bid adieu to Visions of Whimsy and start afresh with a new blog.
The content will be a little different, less art heavy, but if you still want to find me you can. I'll be at Read Write Think Repeat doling out opinions, thoughts and yes the occasional picture or two. Please stop by.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

There is currently a free exhibition of Giovanni Battista Piranesi's work at the Keith Murdoch Gallery in Melbourne. The exhibition features a number of stunning etchings and paintings all centring on the topic of Rome. Looking at these artworks took me back nine years to when I visited that ancient city myself and now I long to return. Here are some of my personal favourites.

The Tiber River

The Trevi Fountain

View of the Sibyl in Tivoli

I couldn't find my particular favourite, Stenographic Insulate Tiberinae, it's a view of an island in the Tiber  and the composition blew me away. I also thought it would be a great setting for a story. If you know where it is online please let me know.

I hope you enjoyed this itty bitty post, have a great day.

Monday, March 31, 2014

At Abbotsford Convent

Below you will find a Doctor Who fan fiction I wrote on the train. It is inspired by one of the creatures in the series but doesn't feature any of the main characters.

Walking through Abbotsford Convent at night is not a scary thing. It has been repurposed and renovated into an outdoor cinema, a restaurant and a bar. People fill the spaces with their laughter and conversation. There is nothing to frighten you in Abbotsford Convent.

              I blink.

              Silence descends, the people are gone. Empty chairs and half-drunk beers are all that occupy the restaurant now. I walk towards the cinema and bar listening intently for the sound of a crowd. I round the corner. Nothing but rows and rows of deck chairs littered with blankets and bags as if everyone has gone to the bathroom at once. An old film begins to plays on the big screen.
              To my left is a corridor. A narrow tunnel through the building to the other side. Framed by the tunnel is a square of grass and a small stone bench haloed by the last light of the day.
              I walk through. When I emerge I raise my hand to block the sudden sunlight. When I drop it there is something else behind the bench. I don’t know how I missed it before, but the most beautiful statue of an angel stands before me, her hands raised to cover her face as though in tears.

              I smile… I blink.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Not a Christmas Post: Thoughts on Apathy

So there are only seven days till Christmas and what have I got for you? A post about how nobody in the world cares about anything ever. If there’s a more seasonally appropriate topic I don’t know what it is.

Lately I’ve been thinking about apathy.

Definition of apathy

  1. Lack of interest or concern, especially regarding matters of general importance or appeal; indifference.

2. Lack of emotion or feeling; impassiveness.
Apathy and Her Ring and Her Razor by Kira Leigh
I won’t pretend to be well read on the subject and I’m certainly not a scholar, therapist or expert. I just like to read and think and theorise and that’s what I’m doing here.

Apathy seems to be a growing concern in Western society particularly in the generation known as Y (of which I am a part). An apathetic attitude can be caused by a number of things including inundation of negative stimuli or a sense of helplessness. Both these things, I believe, affect the world today. Never have we had so much access to information and it cannot be denied that the majority of the news is made up of devastating, violent, and horrific events. (No wonder the rest is tabloid entertainment, we need the reprieve.) With so much war, domestic violence, animal cruelty, destruction of nature, hate, rage, etc., etc. being broadcast 24/7 it’s only natural that we feel unequipped to help. And if we can’t help, if we can’t change the situation than isn’t all that negativity too much to cope with, wouldn’t it be better to just shut it out.

I’m beginning to think apathy has become our go to tool for self-preservation in an overwhelmingly damaged world. I hope one day soon we can bring ourselves to care again, or better yet believe that we can affect change. Maybe I’ll start by listening to the sad stories people want to tell me and turning on the news instead of flicking to repeats of the Simpsons.

Do you believe apathy is a problem? How can one person make a difference?


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