The area of Brunswick and surrounds has been known for some time to be a thriving hub of Melbourne’s creative arts scene. As mentioned in the accompanying film, as the inner city suburbs become more gentrified; artists are pushed out due to soaring rents. For example, the Victorian town of Castlemaine has become quite a refuge for the exodus of creative types escaping soaring house prices during the mid 2000’s. Brunswick is on the fringe of these changes, with developers moving in. But for now, the cost of living still seems to be sustainable enough for people to exist, collaborate and create there.
Creative Moreland is an internet resource of artists and creative people living and working in the city of Moreland, Melbourne Australia. Darcy Gladwin is it’s founder and you can find out more about it by clicking here.
There is currently a callout for artists who work in or want to work in textiles for a collaborative tapestry representing the Moreland area.
My Nite Art adventure took me to the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology at Melbourne University. Rarely open to the public, it was much bigger than I anticipated. I certainly did not expect to see Ned Kelly’s death mask! Our guide told us that the very next day after the head was amputated, this death mask was on display in Bourke Street Melbourne! Discussion was had as to whether it was the original mask. Perhaps we will never know.
Artist and Research Fellow, Dr. Nina Sellars then gave our group of about twenty a talk to introduce our next activity, a life-drawing workshop. Her talk began by giving us an in depth background into early Renaissance drawing techniques, with a focus on perspective. She discussed some of Michelangelo’s techniques such as his marking of the bony landmarks of the body. She reinforced the three main body masses-the ribcage, head and pelvis. What I took away was that a life drawing should demonstrate sound knowledge of the masses, bony landmarks and geometric forms. We then spent time drawing a male model. Armed with this newly found knowledge, I felt even more confident in understanding the physical form of the body and other elements such as; shadows, light and angles in which the body is being thrust.
The study of anatomy relies on both anatomical knowledge and imagery. The most prominent and revolutionary anatomist and physician of his time was Vesalius (1534) who transformed the way the human body was seen, producing three dimensional drawings. Nina went on to tell us that true perspective drawings had only been invented in the 1400’s. Prior to this time, attempts were made but were technically incorrect and produced more of an illusion, or showed people or objects beside each other at different heights.