Personal Histories Artist Book Exhibition

Bringing together artists from around the globe to share their own stories in artist book form. Sharing similarities, diversities and individual perspectives. Highlighting the dynamic world of artist books.

REDLAND MUSEUM: 12 October - 30 November 2014
REDLAND ART GALLERY: 29 March - 10 May 2015
UNSW CANBERRA: 28 September - 11 December 2015

For more information please contact the Coördinator, Robyn Foster (email:

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Feature Artist - RAVIKUMAR KASHI

is an artist from Bangalore, India, who works in different mediums including painting, sculpture, photography and installation.

He holds a BFA Painting (College of Fine Arts, Bangalore), an MFA Printmaking (Faculty of Fine Arts M.S. University, Baroda, and an MA in English from Mysore University.

Ravikumar has studied paper making under J Parry at the Papermaking Resource, Glasgow School of Art, UK, and also learnt Hanji (traditional Korean paper making) with Jang Yong Hoon and Seong Woo at Jang Ji Bang, South Korea.  He has shown his works in solo shows, group and curated shows across the world in galleries, art fairs and museums.  He writes on art In Kannada and English.

'My works combine or cut across the defined expectations of my chosen mediums.  My idea/concept driven works are layered and connect with the viewer in multiple ways.  Introspection is an important device in my works which touch upon the idea of self and its many facets.  I have also explored the themes of desire, gratification and destruction in individuals and on a societal level.'


Friday, 22 August 2014


Submissions for the exhibition close today.
Thank you so much to everyone who has become part of this project.
I look forward to including each and every artwork in the upcoming exhibitions.

 I have taken the liberty of trying to put some order
into everyone's life by updating the website to better reflect
which exhibition I would like to place artworks into.

I have removed the original "contributing artists" page and replaced it with two new pages. 
One page highlights the contributing artists for the Redland Museum exhibition in Oct/Nov and
another highlights contributing artists for the Redland Art Gallery exhibition in April/May.
I have also updated the Exhibition Details page.

Please have a look and let me know if there are any issues with the new arrangement.
It was quite a huge task to get it done, and I have tried to accommodate any requests I have received so far, but working in the wee hours of the morning can make you less than accurate. 
If I have made any errors or omissions I humbly apologise and will fix any oversights as soon as I am  notified


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Feature Artist - JENNY HOAK

is an artist born and raised in Boise, Idaho, USA and has resided there for thirty years.  She is currently teaching in her fourth year at the Cooperative Preschool in downtown Boise.  Jenny is a senior at Boise State University and will graduate this coming December.  She is a dual BFA major in Art Education and Visual Arts, and is also pursuing a minor in Spanish.  Jenny explores a variety of printmaking processes within her work, and has recently been exploring the possibilities of intaglio etching and screenprint.

Jenny's submission for the Personal Histories exhibition is entitled "Meet Me There", an accordion fold format book with etchings, screen print and cut outs.

"Dreams serve as pathways to other worlds that blur the boundary between the real and the imaginative.  My subconscious is easily manipulated by my interaction with painful memories and family documents.  As a child, the influence of these experiences led to nightmares, but as an adult my journey has been much different.  Now I encounter spaces where my feelings of sadness and grief transform into sceneries of peace, contentment and harmony.

Recreating my dreams is an essential element of my grieving and my work.  The process of etching is therapeutic  for me as I peel away more of a memory and reveal one more layer of myself.  "Meet Me There" is inspired by unresolved emotions surrounding events from my childhood.  The etchings reflect the diverse dream-like worlds I encounter when searching for my father and are a direct response to the grief I feel regarding his physical absence."


Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Feature Artist - ÅSA BOSTRÖM

is a Swedish artist living in the woods in the North of Sweden and on the road.

Åsa is a traveller and collector of materials, a writer of poems, fairytales and non-fiction.  She is also a Yoga and writing teacher,  an explorer of comparative religion and a creator of multi-layered, ecology-based artefacts.

Åsa makes mixed media artefacts that merge visual, sculptural and literary art.  The materials she uses are objects, narratives and concepts collected from various aesthetic and spiritual traditions, found on travels and personal pilgrimages.  The result is multi-layered, ecology-based wall pieces and sculptures, shifting between the figurative and the abstract.

"I write poems, prose and fairytales, and combine texts, my own as well as others, with form and visual elements, experimenting with expressions of what text, writing, reading can be.  Text as something more than a two dimensional surface, text as texture and form, and even something to physically interact with and embody.

For me, objects with natural patina, where traces of history are visible, have an inherent beauty, reflecting the rhythms of life, with its full friction and complexity, exposing layers of meaning, knowledge, experience in constant change.  By working with these worn materials, I strive to embrace perfection in imperfection, placing as much value on the process as on the final result."

"As in many spiritual traditions, I consider my work to be something of a window through which the beholder, as well as the art piece itself, is both the seer and the seen.  By expressing what is meaningful to me, I strive to contact the subjective with the common, to give the personal a collective resonance.

My work is both invocative and evocative.  The working process and the artworks themselves function as instruments, concentrating on what I want to cultivate and what I want to let go of.  There is a re-organising process and a further developing of symbols and concepts from several spiritual traditions, and I explore how these elements can be used today, their relevance in a contemporary context."

 Åsa is also involved in a touring exhibition project with her brother Pär entitled DIPTYK in which they explore spirituality through the use of artefacts and icons in the form of prints, sculptures, paintings, drawings, mixed media and assemblage, the collecting of prayers and the screening of
movies in the North of Sweden.


Tuesday, 5 August 2014


lives and works as an artist in Paris, France.

Her artistic practice has been about process, drawing, painting and making objects since her first exhibition in 1990 as a resident at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris. Her recent project, called "Floating Thoughts", shown in 2011, reveals an ongoing process and research that was initiated by a sentence, seemingly absurd and abstract, overheard in a simple conversation years before.

Véronique exhibits in France and in Germany, represented by the Gallery Benninger in Cologne.
A recent publication (spring 2012), Collection 4 - Art & Design Education, includes an essay about a collaborative drawing project designed in 2009 entitled "Paroles et Dessins", a live performance/experimental class using Skype at the "CentQuatre" in Paris.

Véronique has been involved in art education since obtaining her degree at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, through teaching in different art schools, and since 2011 as the Chair of Fine Arts at Paris College of Art.


Friday, 1 August 2014

Sending Artworks of Value into Australia

After a recent incident with a participating artist's consignment I would like to advise other artists sending artwork of value into Australia they may be charged a government goods and services tax equalling 10% of the value of their artwork if they do not clearly state that the contents of their parcel are on loan for the duration of the Personal Histories exhibition and have not been purchased.  

If any artists have concerns about this I would advise you to apply for a Carnet from Australian Customs before dispatching your parcel.  You can do this by forwarding an enquiry to the National Temporary Imports and Securities section of Australian Customs via email (

Australian Customs and Excise have a specific clause covering artworks of value entering Australia which are on loan for exhibition purposes and which are to be returned within a 12 month period.  These works do not attract the 10% goods and services tax if it is acknowledged they are to be returned to the artist at the end of the exhibition period.  However, artworks of value which are purchased or remain in the country will attract this 10% fee, either if they are purchased or if the works are not returned within 12 months.  You are more likely to be charged this fee if your artwork is of higher value and you are using a courier to forward your artworks as the courier company will be responsible for clearing your parcel through customs.