One of the biggest differences I find between my Australasian homes is that Australia sees itself as part of Asia, while New Zealand is deeply rooted in the Pacific. When I moved to vibrant, multicultural Melbourne, the sounds and faces of the Pacific seemed acutely absent and I miss them.
So, concerns about a possible tsunami in Aotearoa aside, my day began with fears and thoughts of people I think of as my familiars.
In an attempt to balance my day I tripped down wind blown Flinders Lane to catch some art before work. What a delicious concept, to start the day with an exhibition before 9am.
Mailbox 141 is one of the city’s smallest galleries. A mere handful of wooden boxes lined up along the wall of a very cosy foyer. Being a working building the gallery is open 7am-7pm weekdays and being a mere bite-sized installation it’s easy to grab 10 minutes en route to work or play to be soothed or inspired by a pint sized project.
I’m inspired by the 141 story in itself. Billed as an alternative public art space committed to supporting experimentation and exhibiting new works, it is wonderful seeing creativity in otherwise business-like spaces. I’d gone to see Girl Printer’s new show. An exhibition of letterpress pieces, whimsical and beautiful and perfect for the gallery’s mailbox format. I came away with a gladdened heart and a burning desire to lobby the body corporate of my work building to donate an unused display cabinet for similar gallery concept.
Letterpress works on Paper
141-143 Flinders Lane
On now til the end of October, don’t miss it!