Journeys is an exhibition of sculpture at Australia House, London, which offers the work of Australian-born Shona Nunan and Michael Francis Cartwright, along with their sons Sollai and Jacob Cartwright. The works, though diverse in terms of materials and aesthetic, are united by a commentary on, and celebration of life, nature and the universe. A: [read more…]

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We have a beautiful bald mountain, Prato Fiorito, (field of flowers), up in the Apennine mountains behind our small village. I often write about this mountain because it is so beautiful. It is a steep climb to the top, up a tiny goat track cut into the thick vegetation of grasses and flowers, a verdant [read more…]

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  Everyday we gaze up at Mount Altissimo and its falling debris of marble from the quarries up there. On one of our days working at the studio, an old artigiani, Romolo, pointed out Michelangelo’s cave, a gaping maw in the face of the edifice, known as the Capella, (chapel), where his excavation in 1517 [read more…]

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Happy Year of the Rooster! What an outstanding twelve months it has been for us.  The challenges have been huge, and the outcomes great.  We have loved 2016. We started in January with Montsalvat in Eltham Victoria, a lovely humble art residency where we hand carved marble left behind from an old lecturer friend 30 odd [read more…]

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A short film of Michael hand carving marble at Montsalvat in Victoria, Australia

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We are driving on our way back home to Italy and thought we’d share some of the artwork, drawings and paintings, that we did in Cill Rialaig, Ireland. Thank you Cill Rialaig Art Project!!! You may also like to read the other two posts on Cill Rialaig too: An amazing four weeks    and   [read more…]

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It is wild.  It has all been wild.  The weather is tempestuous and volatile, changing quickly from a sunny bright blue day to brooding glowering storms and to dense heavy grey fog that submerge the land into nothing, all in one day and all within hours.  The ground is sodden and covered in bright orange [read more…]

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We arrived on the weekend of the great storm.  When we woke in the morning we could barely restrain the door of the house as it leapt out of our hands.  The waves on the cliffs below were spiraling high into the sky, the wind skimming the tops of the waves, gathering its plunder into [read more…]

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I must write about this magical month in October before I forget.  Our life goes so fast sometimes, I forget to take note of the extraordinary experiences we have and that are wonderful to share. We just spent 4 weeks in the old medieval town of Pietrasanta where we carved in studio Shakti in the [read more…]

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