TAMMY HONEY: CORRIDORS

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY ONLINE

Corridors is an online artist in residency by Regional Victorian artist Tammy Honey which will document an investigation over a three months period that recontextuaises memories of her time spent as an art student in Perth during the mid 1990s and responds through video and painting.

WEEK 1

In my residency, I will be focusing on creating a body of work that explores revisiting my memories of time spent in Western Australia during the mid-1990s. Week 1 was spent looking back through journals and projects that I created during this time. I was also lucky to reconnect with friends from art school, reminding me of the wonderful times we had there. We didn’t take a lot of photos back then although I wish I had. Then I started to look at maps to remind me of the locations and events that I experienced, which made me decide how to start my investigation. This week, I’ll work out my colour collection for the new series, which is the first stage to create a moment in time and daydream with the colours.

WEEK 2

Having a lot of fun working out my colour palette as I think about the buildings, land, sea and the people I spent time with in WA. There’s wonderful memories of outfits I wish I still had and the time I spend in Fremantle as it was the first place I explored by myself. My first leap to walk my path and survive. ‘Old papas’ become a favourite and regular haunt, most weekends I would be sitting at a table drinking coffee as I was drawing and writing my thoughts for the day. My second was the Fremantle Markets, watching the buskers and roaming the markets. When I could afford it, I would treat myself to a crepe from a little French crape shop. I love how busy this little shop was; people would line up to get their favourite combo of crepe. I was lucky effort to spend time at FAC going to events and had a friend who had done workshops there. While she was doing the workshops I would spend time sitting and exploring the buildings.

Stuart Wall and myself making a project for art school

WEEK 3

This week I explored maps and have been making digital images to be created as paintings and video art. I feel this will sit well with the colourfield paintings that I want to create. I am starting to realise had much of the artwork to come will be more abundant than I first thought of, which is a wonderful place to be. So here are the digital works for this week. I think I will start working on some small colourfield paintings for Week 4.

Was taking my folio into art school

WEEK 4

Week 4 has been interesting as I’m now exploring colourfield studies to get ready for the large works in progress for my residency. The pace has been slow as I find a new rhythm with the new collection of colours. I struggled with adding red to my colour palette as it’s not one of my favourite colours. I’ll have to think about how I’m going to proceed with that colour if at all. As I move into week 5, I’ll finish the studies and dive into my first map painting.

Week 5

Loving the flow of this week as I complete the colourfield studies and make a start on the first map painting. Enjoying the new development with this painting as it is an idea I have been thinking about for a good twenty years but never had a reason or time to explore it until now. I love how ideas can sit with you for years, popping in and out of thought as you imagine how you would translate it into a resolved series of artwork. One of the many enjoyments of a creative mind, so many ideas, and only money and time stand in the way to complete them all. 

My little apartment’s kitchen from art school days