The end of studies for me at this point in time, completing a Masters of Cross Disciplinary Art and Design at UNSW, was one of the best study experiences of my life, really hard to get through the final year in terms of motivation, but I made it!
A big thank you to my family and friends who helped me through this time and understood that every weekend was study time instead of catch up time. To my beautiful daughter, I could not have done this without your understanding and I do remember you saying to me when I started, "this is not such a great time to start". It meant many weekends with you having to put up with me locked away in my room working through my studies.
I can't tell you how much I love you and appreciate your understanding, help and sacrifices. You make me proud everyday and watching you grow into the lovely young person you are becoming is a total joy.
To my mum and brother, thank you both as well for your patience and understanding.
I was honoured to be graduating with non other than John Kaldor! John Kaldor is a visionary and a long-time hero of mine. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by UNSW and he has been, and still is, instrumental in bringing contemporary art to Australian shores with his philanthropic investment in contemporary artists both international and national, and later through Kaldor Projects. He spoke on the night about his life experiences and his family, excerpts from his speech can be found in the link below.
I grew up very close to the shores of Little Bay, the site used by Christo and Jeanne Claude for Wrapped Coast in 1969 and my father and his family also fled Hungary and settled in Australia, so to have such an engaging visionary as John Kaldor talk at my graduation was very, very special.
I was lucky enough to hear Kaldor speak at my own speaking engagement for the VADEA 2016 conference. More on that in the next post.
Artist, designer and educator, inspired by light, colour and the world around me.