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Nasty Little Critters

They say you need a licence to own a dog but not to be a parent and that’s true. It’s also true that kids don’t come with an instruction manual. By modern, western standards I became a parent at the reasonably young age of 21. I was so naive. I also felt like I didn’t have a plan beyond “the opposite of anything Mum did” (and yes I learned not to judge her so harshly once reality set in but that woman had her moments!). I fumble through parenthood with my fingers crossed and the hope that my kids can survive me!

Monty's Picnic

Monty’s Picnic

Nasty Little Critters is a tongue-in-cheek reflection of childhood and parenthood. With the passing of several family members and my children reaching adulthood I find myself reflecting both on the sweet highlights and the painful losses of family relationships. As I embark on this new chapter in my life, I’m happy to poke a little fun at my past.

Sugar & Spice

Sugar & Spice

Most of the main characters in this series are toys from both my and my children’s childhood, albeit a little altered! There are also items from my parents and siblings. These images represent the darker side of how we feel about those we love unconditionally and those who we know intimately through shared history. We are all nasty little critters!

Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny

Frogs & Snails

Frogs & Snails

You can purchase limited edition fine art prints here or view a layer by layer video of Frogs & Snails here.

Dancing with Costica invitiation

“Dancing with Costica” exhibition to open at Romanian Embassy

I’m very proud to announce the opening of the Dancing with Costica exhibition at the Romanian Embassy in Canberra on the 27th of March at 4 pm. Here’s a sneak peak of the press release. I’ll make sure to get lots of photos on the night for my next post!

Art bridges cultures in celebration of diplomacy

Canberra, Australia. Monday 23rd of March, 2015.

This month Romania and Australia celebrate 47 years of diplomatic relations and to commemorate the event the Romanian Embassy in Canberra will host a diplomatic reception and a photo exhibition entitled “Dancing with Costică” by Australian artist Jane Long and Romanian photographer Costică Acsinte.

“Celebrating 47 years since Romania and Australia established diplomatic relations is an excellent opportunity to speak about two countries who never fought each other, with little common history but sharing the same European values of democracy, state of law and human rights”, stated Ambassador Bărbulescu. “I will be pleased to welcome participants to the reception I will host on March 27, starting at 4pm, at the Romanian embassy in Canberra. On a personal note (and one of the happy coincidences that might describe relations between Romania and Australia), I was also born in 1968, a memorable year in Romania as the most numerous Romanian generation was born in that year”.

“My choice for the cultural component of this celebration is contemporary Australian artist Jane Long’s photos due to their significance as a space-time portal between Romania and Australia: Costică Acsinte’s black and white photos, taken almost 100 years ago, become the current canvas of Jane Long’s photos. Now we start observing two stories, one about childhood, teenagers, marriage, happiness or the first World War as reflected in Romanian lives overseas and the second story, more suitable and updated to current realities, sometimes more sophisticated and going far away from the original photo. It’s also important to acknowledge contemporary passionate Romanian photographer Cezar Mario-Popescu, who recovered and restored more than 6000 Costică vintage photos, who hopefully will visit Australia soon”.

“I would like to welcome all art lovers to indulge themselves visiting the small but representative photo exhibition “Dancing with Costică”, by Jane Long and Costică Acsinte, from March 30, 2015 until June 30, 2015, at the Romanian Embassy in Canberra, on any working day between 2pm and 5pm”.

The series has received much acclaim internationally but has been particularly popular in Romania where photographer Cezar Popescu has been painstakingly restoring and digitising over 6000 glass plates and prints taken by Costică Ascinte during his long standing career.

Ascinte was a Romanian war photographer active in World War I who later established a photography studio in Slobozia where he worked until he retired in late 1960. He died in January 1984 and his collection was acquired by the Ialomița County History Museum in 1985.

“I wanted to change the context of the images,” says Long. “Photographic practices at the time meant people rarely smiled in photos but that doesn’t mean they didn’t laugh and love. I wanted to introduce that to the images”.

The series has had its controversies with some people suggesting it is disrespectful to use images of people she doesn’t know.

“On the contrary!” she responds. “I wanted people to see these figures as real people, more than just an old photograph. Adding colour completely changes our perception of images.”

Dancing with Costica invitiation

Dancing with Costica invitiation