The Artist As Adventurer

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The Artist As Adventurer

A presentation by Sharon Jewell

Thursday, November 1, 2018 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Venue: The Quaker House, 10 Hampson St, Kelvin Grove
Admission: Members & Concession: $10 • Non-members: $15

What happens when an artist puts down her tools and takes to the road on a bicycle adventure? Is this a hiatus in the creative life, or a different idea of what a creative life could be? Is it possible that, if art and adventure have something in common, it might be more about what one seeks to find through them, and less about vocational blue prints? In this presentation Sharon Jewell explores these questions, drawing on her recent cycling journey from Brisbane to Adelaide, and suggests that poet / artist and adventurer do share a common ground.

With reference to Jung’s explorer archetype, Paul Zweig’s study of the shifting face of the adventurer in literature and Giorgio Agamben’s merging of adventure and speech, life and language, Sharon lays out a map of her own experiences and revelations across this perilous and enthralling divide.

Sharon Jewell is an artist, writer and teacher, and received her PhD from Queensland University of Technology in 2015, with a study on the nature of care in a creative arts practice. She lives with her husband and cat on Russell Island, where she works as an artist and writer. She teaches at QUT and cycles quite a lot.