Tuesday, May 10, 2016


A E I O U by Michelle Nikou
Besides being the name of an early '80s disco song, it's the name of the newest exhibition at Heide by Adelaide-based artist Michelle Nikou, which has really captured my imagination.  The organic and domestic symbolism is beautiful in the space of Heide II - the modernist architect-designed building of Mount Gambier limestone, terrazzo marble, glass and radiata pine.  Her exhibition uses emotional and psychological metaphor meditating on things such as motherhood and loss as well as humour and marvel, and incorporates unusual materials like human hair and lead!  I love some of the absurdity of it as well such as the fried eggs in bronze - the flattened forms which are supposed to represent the vowels used as the name of this exhibition.
Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
Speaking of all things domestic, the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival opened yesterday and I love that there's been a social movement back to things homemade.  While high end restaurant food is a real treat, it's not something I could eat every day.  Nothing makes up for the love that's contained in homemade food and drink.
On another local note, The Estelle Store in Ivanhoe will be closing down in the next little while and I'm a bit sad that this store, like Romulus and the Gypsy, will be no more.  The lovely Estelle has found it too hard juggling motherhood (her newest baby is Ace - her son) and running a bricks and mortar business, which I can more than understand.  Retail, like hospitality, is not for the faint-hearted and I applaud her for having had the courage and spirit to open her store in the first place.  It's also worth popping your head in to say good bye and to buy something (lots on sale!) before she leaves to plan her next moves.

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