Destiny Deacon that is. She is a contemporary Indigenous artist and La Trobe alumna whose exhibition at the NGV has been interrupted by the global pandemic. On Friday, I was lucky enough to attend an online private walk through and curatorial talk of her bold self-titled exhibition DESTINY, which is free, and housed on the ground floor of NGV Australia at Fed Square. Her monograph book (below) is also available from the NGV design store and her exhibition has been timely given the social and political commentary around Black Lives Matter here in Australia and overseas.
Culture may be our saviour at the moment with both the Melbourne Writers Festival Digital and Melbourne International Film Festival on this month. While we can’t escape lockdown, there is no place we can’t visit in our heads if you’re looking for more wonder and adventure in your life. Locally too, my friend artist Louise Kyriakou’s delightfully colourful Sunday Everyday is currently showing online at Outre Gallery if you’re a fan of her modernist work while Liminal: a shared distance is showing online at Hatch Contemporary Art Space care of Banyule Council.
I’ve heard the word liminal described as ‘the time within time’ and think it’s very apt – we are living in an uncertain time after the first wave and now trying to work out what life looks like after the second. I hope you are coping OK – for those of us lucky enough to be working from home there’s not been a huge difference between stage 3 and 4 on a physical level but I know it’s been affecting many of us mentally, which is completely normal. I think once we get to this Thursday, it will only be a month until stage 4 hopefully ends. Sunny days like today make things bearable and we will get though this time, we must and we shall.
Some of us have mastered the art of sourdough while in lockdown and if you’ve been baking up a storm, I love some of the more creative nods to bread (and milk) over this period. Local jeweller Ada Hodgson has produced a ‘flour’ range of jewellery including sourdough loaves and croissant pendant necklaces in gold and silver (above) which remind me of the taco-inspired jewellery from Lucy Folk. We’ve been lucky enough to have a bakery within walking distance and I love the reusable cotton Aussie Bread Bags (below) that can be used instead of having your loaves wrapped in plastic. Also with sustainability and inclusion in mind, you can actually recycle the plastic tags that come with bread loaves to Aussie bread tags for wheelchairs in Adelaide – just put them into an envelope and once full post them off to good use.
Plastic is a scourge so I was also excited to hear about the great wrap company given the amount of plastic wrap that most of us use. Finally, while it’s not yet here in Banyule, I love that waste-free My Milkman household delivery of bread and milk (below) has launched in 19 northeastern suburbs – it reminds me of the days of old when the milkman used to deliver fresh bottles of milk to your doorstep. It’s a great idea not just for now but once the pandemic is over. It’s been heartening to hear about progress on the vaccine front and important to remember the big picture – this time may be for now but it will one day pass.