Musings

I’ve often been told that I’m lazy. By family, by teachers, and most significantly, by myself. But the reality is, anxiety kills your ability to motivate, or indeed to believe you’re capable of doing anything.

I recently had a long period of underemployment, and I thought ‘woo hoo, lots of time to do work! Yay!’

Except when you’re in debt and carefully juggling household finances, you’re not productive either. Things didn’t happen due to guilt, anxiety. Looking for work was my first priority. Taking care of household duties to take the burden off my partner came second. Insomnia was kicking my arse. I was barely sleeping unassisted. And I was shelving projects due to a lack of money. I couldn’t even afford to print photos at Kmart.

So time rich and money poor don’t really work any better than time poor / money rich.

I’m working casually now with one employer and I’m hoping if the contract extends into the new year, I can give them four days a week and have a dedicated two days of work on art. Because I need time, funds and the available headspace to do it. So I have to find some sort of balance that will work for me.

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Prints for sale

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My comprehensive CV

Vicki Jankowski
Born 1972, Melbourne, Australia

Education
1999   RMIT University – Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours, First class)
1997   RMIT University – Bachelor of Fine Art
1995   RMIT TAFE – Associate Diploma of Art

Group exhibitions
2015   the Queensland Project, Big West Festival
2014   The place where you used to be, lo fi: New Art Collective, pop up gallery, Yarraville
2014   The Laschenski House, Small Worlds recycled art competition, Big West Festival
2004  Various works, domos monstros, Gertrude St Gallery
1999   fin – Graduate Exhibition, RMIT Honours. 200 Gertrude Street
1999   Various works, Domestos. re: vault, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne
1997   Various works, Contingency. RMIT graduates. Span Gallery, 45 Flinders Lane,                       Melbourne
1997   Various works, group exhibition featuring multicultural works from VCA and                          RMIT students. Old Treasury Building, 20 Spring Street, Melbourne
1996   Master/Pet – celebrating the work of Jane Campion, group exhibition by                               graduates and current students of RMIT. 342-348 Swanston Street, Melbourne
1995   Various works, Tomorrowland. RMIT TAFE graduates. First Site, 342-348                              Swanston Street, Melbourne
1995   Various works, Volition. RMIT TAFE graduates. RMIT Union Arts Exhibition                         Space, 300 Russell Street, Melbourne

Awards and Prizes
2014   2nd Place, People’s Choice award, Small Worlds recycled art competition

Collections
Private Collections, Melbourne, VIC

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Self portrait work

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My CV

Vicki Jankowski
Born 1972, Melbourne, Australia

Education
1999    RMIT University – Bachelor of Fine Art (Honours)
1997     RMIT University – Bachelor of Fine Art
1995     RMIT TAFE – Associate Diploma of Art
Selected Group exhibitions
2015    the Queensland Project, Big West Festival
2014    The place where you used to be, lo fi: New Art Collective, pop up gallery, Yarraville
2014    The Laschenski House, Small Worlds recycled art competition, Big West Festival
2004    Various works, domos monstros, Gertrude St Gallery
Awards and Prizes
2014    2nd Place, People’s Choice award, Small Worlds recycled art competition
Collections
Private Collections, Melbourne, VIC

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“Picturesque Places of Note’ series: N*******Abbey – Sunset over Coppice and Folly

A Souvenir of Newstead Abbey ... Illustrated

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‘Picturesque Places of Note’ series: N*******Abbey – Basement

A Souvenir of Newstead Abbey ... Illustrated

At RMIT, I often researched in the library, and came across a whole bunch of late 19th and early 20th century books on great houses and Castles, mostly in the British Isles. In making collages, I discovered a fascination with these photographs by amateur and professional photographers, in black and white, where they had to work with natural light to memorialize crumbling old houses, castles and ruins, moving quickly to save local history, unvarnished, with newly affordable and accessible photography.

Their work, mostly documentary, had weight. They had captured not only a last look of ancient history before it was lost forever, but in a style that was evocative of stills from films.

I was delighted to find that The British Library is digitising it’s old collection, I’m finding gems like the above that I’m doing a little series around, called “Picturesque Places of Note”.

I was also super inspired last night by a exhibition at the Five Walls Project space called SOMETHING’S TRYING TO TELL US SOME THINGS

Check it out, it’s good.

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stufffffff

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I’ve been aiming to enter a group show at Brunswick St gallery. But as usual, life stuck it’s foot out again and tripped me. Ongoing work issues are causing me anxiety, I’m working with my mental health professionals to resolve … Continue reading

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The new model for Footscray’s Arts Festival (IMO)

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It’s not great.

There’s less money. A lot less. The entire budget is about $170,000

The EOI calls for an immersive piece. With one of the shortest turnaround times I’ve ever seen.

They do ask for budget/fee to deliver. One star there.

They offer a total grant pool of $3000. That’s… nothing.

I’ve got no idea what sort of Artist or art they’re even targeting with this particular Festival model.

It’s not inclusive. You’d have to be a full time artist or collective to even consider applying, and/or have a suitable work on the boil already.There’s just not enough time to develop anything in that incredibly tight turnaround. Maybe I just work slowly but two months from development to delivery, plus accurately costing it, without a venue (there’s an EOI for venues to participate as well). I couldn’t do it because I have a job, so I have the money to make art. It cuts out emerging folk, all sorts of creative people.

There’s no transparency around selection processes and curation.

And I don’t want to burn any bridges but the agency selected to deliver the festival don’t seem to have enough experience in Arts Festivals. Fetstivals, events, PR, yes, tonnes of experience. Arts? Not so much. I don’t know how other creatives would feel, but having someone critique my work at a selection level, who isn’t an Arts professional is not something I would participate in.

I haven’t got a great liking for Footscray council – our rates are huge, apartments are going up everywhere, all the members and their families have their whole fists in real estate pies, they have even tried monitizing hard rubbish, our Mayors family have been associated with an illegal brothel, and she has never addressed that can of worms, a whole bunch of shite. But I moved here for a couple of reasons – the sense of community, and the arts scene. The arts are increasingly just viewed as a money spinner for the council, and the way this festival has been set up has locked me out. I rely on opportunities like this to get my work out there in the public, so I’m fairly cranky about this.

I will be interested to see how this pans out.

 

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Footscray

The local council in it’s infinite cost cutting capacity has decided that we’re going to have an art prize. I don’t know whether this is to replace the Big West festival, or what. Nobody tells me nothing. I have my suspicions though, and I think I’m right on the money.

Anyway, my plans have been derailed as usual by illness. So I don’t know if I’ll be entering but here’s a linky link for those who would like to have a red hot crack. Note: Non acquisitive, meaning if you sell, they take a (big) cut, if you don’t, you must lug it home, and hopefully it gets sold. Also, entry fees.

http://footscrayarts.com/news/footscray-art-prize-offers-australian-artists-17500-in-prizes-and-a-rare-avenue-to-showcase-their-work/

I don’t like to post without posting some work, and as it’s all in progress, here’s some FB banners. I have learned to use social media pic spaces properly, and I’m going to be getting some stuff up for that banner. It’s free and lowish res, so I might as well do stuff with it. I’m aiming to separate my personal vomiting on FB and my art so you may see a totally new page for that in the future.

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