Endurance and Navigation

A Mystery of Endurance and Navigation
2008
(Selena de Carvalho)

The BIG mother-daughter flight continues with Selena de Carvalho and Ruby Peppa. Selena is a Tasmanian-based artist whose work is currently featuring in a fascinating exhibition titled Birth.art at the ACU Gallery in Melbourne until June 30 (you can read an adult review of it in the Age newspaper here).

Lilly and I are loving our own practice of Endurance and Navigation, with wings and children wrapping up each of the painted minutes between us. We are slowly finding the words, both poetic and rigorous enough, to articulate a creative vision with an ethical, environmental and socially aware foundation that also encompasses a strong business model. BIG was born with a philanthropic heart at its core and we are in the process of structuring it in such a way that it is financially viable in order to live true to this founding principle of generosity. You can see our manifesto here.

We are researchers and artists, educators and performers, mothers and poets. And soon to be publishers of a children’s magazine. Right then. While Lilly gets another crash course in CS something, I fly with certificate of registration in hand and make a pledge to my (other) partner to actually cook something a couple of times a weeks. The dance between catching cous cous flung from highchair abandon to highlighting passages from the National Arts and Education review, to test-colouring a big ship, to sharing small wild dances of delight at each courageous YES keeps us upswept in a headwind of incredible momentum. Lilly is currently drafting a guest post for a major blogger on side by side artistic collaboration with kids. And we both hold our daughters close in the mother-dance.

A Mystery of Endurance and Navigation
2008
(Selena de Carvalho)
Collecting Honey
2010
(Ruby Peppa)
on Jun 19, 2011

2 Comments

  • by Anna

    06.202011
    9:35am

    hey there, totally flying with you on this journey and feeling the same heights of giddiness with ArtBuds! it’s amazing to read your posts and follow your journey and progress, the ups and downs and the grounding of the little ones in all of this! can’t wait to have a real life rave with you soon and share some collaborative ideas! you’re BIG on inspiration xxx

  • by Jo

    06.202011
    2:17pm

    Thanks so much Anna! Tis getting very exciting now, and we’re absolutely going to keep sharing the process as we go, as tricky and fine-line as it sometimes feels. Real life raving sounds great, and you know we are BIG on collaboration here. x

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