Behind the doors of an artist’s studio, and buried deep within a finished piece, lies an incredibly unique and personal process. This process is often filled with various rituals – both significant and subtle – that help to gently set the mood, or encourage that first brush stroke on a blank canvas. With this fascinating concept in mind, we invited a selection of artists to create a work, or series of works, that spoke to their own rituals, for our current group exhibition, Ritual Practice.
We’re delighted to share the next instalment of our My Ritual series, from Melbourne artist Kayleigh Heydon. Kayleigh’s paintings have a distinct sense of energy; she fills the canvas with a rich tapestry of shape and colour, and her three artworks created for Ritual Practice, are no exception.
1) Tell us about a ritual that is part of your daily life – be it connected to society, community or self.
Walking my dog Bobby is probably the most important part of my day. Although there are other small things linked to my practice and my day, this ritual gives me space in a very simple and free way. Connecting with my dog, some fresh air and walking without a destination in mind.
2) What does this ritual mean to you?
This ritual allows me to process and work through emotions, problems and creative blocks, and collect myself after a long day at work. Getting fresh air and spending time with my dog is also a plus; I think it’s good for my – and Bobby’s – mental health.