Archives: Essays

Cara MacLeod Amazing Artist, Teacher and Facilitator

Essay by Luke Foster “Cara MacLeod lives on Yaegl country in Northern Rivers NSW and works as an artist educator in galleries, museums, schools and community settings. She develops learning resources and facilitates fun and inclusive creative learning experiences for people of all ages and abilities. Cara values curiosity, experimentation and collaboration and builds connections […]

What Makes Me Happy is Pretty Simple

Essay by Luke Foster “In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” Khalil Gibran These days what makes me happy is pretty simple. I like to go grocery shopping and then knowing that I have […]

Independent Creatives as Peace Mediators

“Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.”  — Martin Luther King Jr While I was beach walking this morning, I was thinking about agents in the world whose whole life mission is to make world peace. I know the world leaders employ political […]

Trying to Widen the Circle/ An International Creative Project for People of all Ages to Make World Peace, Environmental Sustainability and Overcoming Global Poverty

Essay by Luke Foster “It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”  Eleanor Roosevelt I feel that the burden of solving the world’s most pressing problems should not only be wrestled with by world leaders but must be […]

Being Unwell Last Year / A New Paradigm for Myself / Making Instructions for Ambitious Multi-Room Installations and Sending Them Off Mainly to World Leaders

Essay by Luke Foster “The advice I’d give to somebody that’s silently struggling is, you don’t have to live that way. You don’t have to struggle in silence. You can be un-silent. You can live well with a mental health condition, as long as you open up to somebody about it, because it’s really important […]

I Would Love to Get a Publishing House or World Leader to make an Open Call for Grandmothers Around the World for Them to Write Essays, Poems and Short Stories About how to Make Peace in the World. (Or perhaps better as an online literary prize so it’s free for everyone to read and enter)

“There is no other love that’s as special as the love of a grandma. / So warm and fuzzy, so calm and sweet, so cheerful and joyful.” Hopal Green From my own personal experience, I think grandmothers are the kindest wisest people on the planet as that’s what my mum was like and her mum […]

My Drawings have Become Derivative/ My Main Art Project Over the Past Decade is to Give Drawings Away/ I have Given Away More than 3000 Drawings (Not Sure Exactly as I Didn’t Count)

Essay by Luke Foster Derivative definition adjective imitative of the work of another artist, writer, etc., and usually disapproved of for that reason. I feel my drawing is terribly derivative not of other artists but repeating myself and not a new idea every drawing. Ever since Yoshitomo Nara gave me a drawing in 2000 in a […]

The Australian Life Savers

Essay by Luke Foster “Across NSW more than 20,000 surf lifesavers dedicate their time each year during the peak season to make sure beach goers can enjoy the surf in safety. Every single patrol member is trained to the highest possible standard and dedicates countless hours each weekend during the season protecting the beaches along […]

The BigCi Studio Residency 2023

Essay by Luke Foster “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”― Sylvia Plath I am just at the Sydney airport on the way home from the 5th studio residency I have done at the BigCi in Bilpin the Blue Mountains. […]

The Flip-Flopping Travel Flaneur

Essay by Luke Foster “The destiny of every walking man is to immerse himself in the panorama surrounding him, to the point of becoming one with it and, ultimately, to vanish”.”  ― Federico Castigliano, Flâneur: The Art of Wandering the Streets of Paris “Modernity is the transient, the fleeting, the contingent; it is one half of art, […]

The Tragedy of Bush Fires in Australia

Essay by Luke Foster “In terms of people who we call heroes – and I don’t tend to like that term, and firefighters don’t consider themselves heroes – but if you look at their job description, they are. Their job is to straight up save people.” Jesse Spencer I don’t know a lot about Australian […]

Humanising Conceptual Art

Essay by Luke Foster “In the studio, I don’t do a lot of work that requires repetitive activity. I spend a lot of time looking and thinking and then try to find the most efficient way to get what I want, whether it’s making a drawing or a sculpture, or casting plaster or whatever.”  Bruce […]

The Amazing NSW SES/ What does the SES Stand For? NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is an emergency and rescue service dedicated to assisting the community.

Essay by Luke Foster “The 2022 eastern Australia floods were one of the nation’s worst recorded flood disasters with a series of floods that occurred from late February to early May in South East Queensland, the Wide Bay–Burnett and parts of coastal New South Wales.” Google Search During the floods in 2022 I was living in a studio apartment […]

Small Living Spaces

Essay by Luke Foster “The secret of happiness you see is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” Socrates For my whole adult life, I have quite often lived in small living spaces both in Australia and abroad. Now that I finally got my own place, I am happy […]