Love this new magazine. Beautiful, challenging photographs and in-depth interviews. I read it from cover to cover. Follow @sheshootsfilm (and Editor-in-Chief @alikismith). #hazeldooney#sheshootsfilm#femalegaze
Image: "Photographic Study for Artist Reading (She Shoots Film, Issue No. 2, Mother. Editor-in-Chief and co-founder, Aliki Smith): Close-up", 2018. Digital photograph, dimensions variable. Taken at McIver's Ladies Baths, Sydney.
I adore seeing my art in collectors’ homes. My work is held in private collections in America, Australia, England, Ireland, Europe, the United Arab Emirates and Jamaica. The artworks in these photos are, in order of appearance... "Ever-Ready (Fresh out of Bed)" 1998, high gloss enamel on canvas, 150cm x 100cm (59.05" x 39.37"). The collectors had this work mounted on a floating frame in high gloss black. Second photo: "Renewed Original Study for Dangerous Career Babe: The Gambler" 2010, gouache on 300gsm cold-pressed paper, image size 40cm x 52.5cm (15.74" x 20.66"), paper size 56cm x 76cm (22.04" x 29.92") and "Renewed Original Study for Dangerous Career Babe: The Mother" 2011 (same media and dimensions). Third photo: a glimpse of "Study for Dangerous Career Babe: The Ninja" 2011 and "Renewed Original Study for Dangerous Career Babe: The Surfer" 2010. Thank you Howard for sending me these photographs of your home! #hazeldooney
Behind-the-scenes video with @bruce.usher while he took my new portrait photograph. For anyone who can't understand a word we're saying, Bruce took my bald portrait around ten years ago. He's a cool guy. Seventy-one years old, still surfs, takes photo's every day. To me, this is the way to do life: to age with passion and curiosity, regardless of the difficulties of living. Thank you Bruce, it's always a pleasure to work with you (and to talk together). #hazeldooney#bruceusher
Dooney Lives (In Pictures) No. 21, 2018 (detail). Instant film (1/1), primer, metallic gold gouache and lead pencil on 300gsm watercolour paper, 15.5cm high x 12cm wide (6.10 x 4.72 inches). #hazeldooney
Dooney Lives (In Pictures) No. 20, 2018 (detail). Instant film (1/1), primer, metallic gold gouache and lead pencil on 300gsm watercolour paper, 15.5cm high x 12cm wide (6.10 x 4.72 inches). #hazeldooney#nownesspolaroids
Cornicello, 2018 (with a personal message underneath, cropped out). Watercolour and metallic gouache on 100% cotton paper. Image size approx. 7.3cm x 13.4cm (2.87" x 5.27" ). Paper size 13.33cm x 19.66cm (5.25" x 7.74"). #hazeldooney
Draft of a tattoo design for Danny, to be positioned on his rib cage. Sent with the accompanying message: "... a highly inappropriate (therefore appropriate) photo showing how it would look after your breast implants." He’s not getting breast implants, we just share a provocative sense of humour. It has been a raw but meaningful experience to create a drawing in remembrance of Adam for his battle buddy Danny, a military veteran for whom I feel great respect and tenderness. I attended Adam's funeral with Danny. He enabled me to say goodbye with dignity. I linked my arm through his as we paced slowly in front of the church. I remember the subtle dark grey of his suit and how it was impeccably tailored and pressed. I watched him care for the people Adam loved most, despite his own grief. He did it in a way that was so unpretentious, efficient, nuanced, self-contained and gracious that it gave me a deeper understanding of the concept of being of service. It is hard to know how to care for someone like Danny, who is exceptionally capable even while experiencing enormous pain. So I listened. And when he mentioned that he planned to get a tattoo of two poppies I offered to draw it for him.
From tomorrow, I will take a week out to spend time with my family. I look forward to throwing myself into making new art on my return. #military#veteran#hazeldooney
Happy New Year Aussie-style: local crab eating a blue bottle (the Indo-Pacific version of a Portuguese Man o' War) stinger first, like a strand of spaghetti. A good omen.
Photo taken yesterday (1st January) with my smart-phone while treading water / swimming sidestroke in the Pacific Ocean. #hazeldooney#sydney#happynewyear
"If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain." — Dolly Parton
Since I was a child I understood that the dove is a symbol of peace. I didn't know why or what the olive branch represented until I read Genesis 8:11, part of the biblical story about Noah's Ark. After the flood Noah released a dove in the hope it would return with a sign that the waters were receding. The dove came back exhausted, without having found land to rest. Seven days later he sent the dove out again. This time she returned in the evening with a freshly plucked olive leaf.
These days I think of the dove as a symbol of internal peace. I see the olive branch as a sign of hope that the flood — a metaphor for whatever struggle we are dealing with at the time — will eventually recede enough for us to begin to thrive again.
Thank you to everyone (of all religions and no religion) who has been unconditionally kind to me. I know each person has their own struggle. I wish you all many moments of happiness and peace. I hope they help you through the inevitable times of rain.
Image: Hope, 2017 (with a personal message underneath, cropped out). Watercolour, metallic gold gouache and lead pencil on 100% cotton paper. Image size approx. 15cm x 18.5cm (5.9" x 7.28"), paper size 21cm x 29.5cm (8.26" x 11.61"). #hazeldooney (Colours inspired by a photograph of America in winter, from @abu.hajaar.us).
"I would venture to guess than Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman." — Virginia Wolf, from A Room of One’s Own (1929). Often misquoted as "For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." Either way, I refuse to be anonymous or invisible when it comes to my work. Perhaps my decision is better understood these days.
Image: “Photographic Study II for Artist Reading (Tête à Tête: The Lives and Loves of Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre by Hazel Rowley)”, 2017. Uncensored photo on Twitter. #hazeldooney#censored#simonedebeauvoir#jeanpaulsartre#hazelrowley
Whenever my work is included in the print edition of a magazine or newspaper I collect a copy for my archives. I love when it's included in a fashion magazine because it gives me a professional excuse to indulge a personal fetish. I adore fashion and couture. My earliest visual art diaries include pages torn from fashion magazines. Recently I joined Netflix just to watch "Franca: Chaos and Creation" (a documentary on Franca Sozzani, the late Editor-in-Chief of Italian Vogue, made by her son @francescocarrozzini). When reading a magazine I skim some sections and pore over others but I always begin with the introduction from the Editor-in-Chief. Aside from wanting an overview of the issue, I am curious about what women in editorial positions have to say.
I was surprised and moved by the bold, powerful introduction written by Editor-in-Chief @justine_cullen for the December issue of @elleaus. I don't want to summarise so here is a small selection of excerpts – words in brackets mine: "This is the December issue, where normally in this space I'd be talking about party frocks and Christmas soirees. Instead I'm writing these stories (about sexual harassment and assault) because they illustrate so easily, via the experience of just one woman, what women do, what we've been doing forever, in the face of unwanted sexual behaviour... I'm not part of a "high risk" group – not adolescent, disabled, impoverished, incarcerated, an alcoholic, a drug addict – yet I have enough incidents to fill two pages of this magazine... One in five Australian women has experienced sexual violence.... What we've learned over the past month is that there's so much strength that comes from sharing our stories... There's genuine power to be reclaimed by no longer sweeping it under the rug... we have had enough. This is where change happens." Kudos to Justine Cullen and the staff at Elle Australia for addressing these issues frankly – and intimately – in the introduction to a magazine for (and largely created by) women.