confer-ence-ing

Resource: 14th biennial JMGA conference in Perth, WA. This is an event during which Melissa refers to both Melbourne and Perth as ‘home’ with equal conviction, and regularity.

Excellent presentations today, a really solid line-up. This morning seems so long ago already! (Though I guess it’s technically now yesterday.) Oron Catts got lots of questions and feedback (in equal parts awed, amazed and mildly disgusted) for his work growing little objects with live tissue.

Maureen Faye-Chauhan’s talk was informative and insightful – you can share a studio yet still have much to learn about someone’s work, and processes. I really appreciated the clarity of her slides – her drawings and the explanatory drawings on photos of patterns were a great expository tool, and she had great photos too. (And along with her own beautiful works was a cameo of  a couple of Melissa Cameron pieces – I knew some images were coming but was still surprised.)

I also really enjoyed Dr Eugenie Keefer-Bell’s presentation on goldsmith-artist-sculptor Albert Paley. I’m going to have to study this man, and read more of Eugenie’s work too.

I managed to find enough voice to make my presentation and answer questions, and with the calibre of the responses and the general feedback, I think I can safely judge my first paper a success! (For those interested, post pin-swap party I am once again seeking voice…)

Lastly, I will have my bibliography and image references up at my main site as promised, very soon.

2 thoughts on “confer-ence-ing”

  1. I’m glad that everything is going well, Melissa.
    I was interested to read what you wrote about Dr Eugenie Keefer-Bell and her presentation.
    I was one of her jewellery students at the University of Tasmania – it was called something else then. That was in 1985 and it was my first year of a Diploma of Art (Jewellery and Silversmithing). I was Mary Reid back then. Eugenie left after that year.
    I remember being outraged at the student fee debt that Eugenie had incurred in America. It was only a few years after, that a fee based system started here.
    I remember a bubbly young woman trying to teach a bunch of wild, arrogant students who believed that we knew what we were doing.
    If appropriate – even though she won’t remember- send regards.

  2. She didn’t return to the conference unfortunately, as I would have enjoyed discussing her topic further, in fact just talking to her on any subject I’d wager. She gave some great feedback at the end of my presentation too, congratulated me and the like, and asked a pertinent question too. I still can’t believe that I’ve not run into more of her stuff, though her name sounds so familiar…

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