"Love your work Marty, you are such an engaging, loving and generous person, glad to know you and your beautiful family. I always feel privileged to know musicans and I feel very content knowing there are musicians of your kind living and…"
"At last we are beginning to value place as the signifyer of cultural vitality. Identify, meaning and content, ah cultural heritage continues! Good to see the end of the 'cargo cult' mentality that prevailed in the arts for many years; and…"
"Hey someone is up in the world. Its 4.03 am in the morning. I've had a great evening last night and time to self to see what's goin on. Must be inspired to share with other creative, artistic thinking beings. Here's to ya!"
I have worked for over 30 years in the arts, as a potter, mosaic artist, teacher and community artist. I use to produce a lot of colourful functional work but the Chinese have all but put potters in Australia on the back foot, hey the Chinese have done it for 5000 yrs and you got to give it to them. I now cover forms in pique assiette china and call it 'made in china'. I also work as a Cultural Planner in local government.
Places I Would Like To Visit
Apart from art being the only thing I have ever done besides a short stint at being a secretary, I formally began this artistic life as an apprentice potter, at 'Black Dog Creek Pottery' Chiltern Victoria. Went on to Wangaratta Tech and did 1st year then finished two years later at Bendigo College of Advanced Education. As a graduate I was interested in getting out of the lonely studio and working within a community context and worked for Bendigo Trades Hall & Literary Institute as an Artsworker on the Art and Working Life Pilot program of the Australia Councils, (national funding body) where I took many photos of workers in factories and created screenprints 'health & safety' posters and bringing music programs at lunchtimes and generally generating interest in the arts. I loved working as a community artist in conjunction to producing functional ceramics and one off pieces for exhibitions. Bendigo is a University town in central Victoria, a very inspiring place really, lot's of potters and artists, many art students stayed and I worked with others to establish a successful artist-run-space. In the late 80's I left and went to the US, worked in a Gallery in New York, The Frank Bernarducci Gallery in Soho above Dean and Delucca. Travelled through the SW of the States looking at Pueblo pottery and Indian culture in general. Met a Moroccan in NY who I married in Gibralter and travelled through Spain and lived in Morocco for nearly a year. The land of Arabian Nights, fabulous culture, loved the tiles, rugs/weavings, the souk's (markets), the food. It's where the name Artisana comes from - the crafts. Returned to Australia and did a teaching degree and moved to the Pilbara NW WA which was a fabulous opportunity to develop community and public art programs with predominantly Iron Ore miners/workers wives. Left and found heaven on earth, Denmark SW WA. Population of 4000 and many creative and educated, alternative thinking people. Divine weather, temperate, inlets, amazing coasts and old growth jarrah forests. The first place that I felt there was a synergy in thinking and being amongst a whole population. Sadly my marriage ended and I needed to come back to Victoria with my two boys. Did a Masters in Arts Management at Melbourne Uni and now working in my home territory; the Mornington Peninsula. Unfortunately the arts are not too high on the agenda but those of us working within local government hope to ignite a vision of change around this. I think local government is the 'centre of the universe' in terms of being able to contribute to working with communities to achieve cultural self-determination. The local government I work for is committed to Sustainability and as such the revised Arts & Cultural Strategy we are proposing has the inclusion of culture as the fourth pillar of sustainability. It comes before the Councillors for a workshop towards being adopted very soon, so watch this space.
Art Forms And Cultures I Would Like To Engage With
The democratic process of place-making being acknowledged as the only way to work in the community context. Currently working towards a graffiti management solution with an 'adopt-a-space' youth inspired artworks project in a pro-social rewards concept that will replace indiscriminate tagging and reconnect youth with their community and help them find their own voice.
My Creative Influences & Favorite Artists
Dorothy Hafner, New York functional decorative studio potter
Antonio Gaudi and Julol, Spanish Architects and supporters of creative design as part of the built environment.
My Artistic Affiliations
National Associatio of the Visual Arts Aust. Viscopy, The Place-making Forum, Cultural Development Network Vic, Aust
the Music Forum went really well. Had over 125 local people attend, many independent musicians gave up a late afternoon and contributed their thoughts and ideas about what the music sector needs in terms of spaces, performance opportunities, promotional needs, festivals and summer music events they would like to see developed. 20 musicians performed in the evening after a fabulous Moroccan feast. A second forum was held just last week and the outcome is a 10 member music network that will be the coordinated voice to represent music needs to my local government. All good.