Fern Smith owns and manages FernArtz website since 1999. The website includes a family of artists: Joy Hester, Gray Smith, Peregrine Smith and myself. Fern Smith is a contemporary artist with her shop front art studio in Merlynston a small hamlet in Coburg North, Melbourne Australia 3058.
Despite the thick hot air with its beating relentless sun, this year has brought much hope and promise, already.
Before the new year had settled I was sitting at the first Moreland Arts Board meeting, for the first time, I was surrounded by a group of people who have art practice, art delivery and art participation at the heart of their being for the benefit of the Moreland community, sweet.
Scribbles on backs of fly away paper at Handsome Her on new years eve Brunswick; brought five women discussing art practice at FernArtz three weeks later; we cast lines into the future.
‘Next of Kin’ relates to the theme PEOPLE – POLITICS – PROTEST as ‘the personal is political’ (Carol Hanisch feminist,1969). This work is a personal journey. The pencil was chosen for Next of Kin as it required an immediate response to a quandary of,’ Will the hospital accept my partner as Next of Kin?’
LGBTQI relationships definition of family differ greatly to John Howard’s “Marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others’. A salient reminder is Marco Bulmer-Rizzi was denied ‘next of kin’ status in 2016 when his partner was in a coma.
I am delighted after many months of hard work behind the scenes the Breathing Colours website is upgraded to include an online shop which is now is now up and running. This is very exciting as I am a represented artist at Breathing Colours.