The Doing by Kirsty Budge
The end of a long-term relationship informed Kirsty Budge’s The Doing, a reflective show of 11 paintings about reimagining the self, and getting on with it.
Budge quotes Amy Poehler in her artist statement: “You do it because the doing of it is the thing … The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing.” Budge’s new home and studio, a light-filled Toorak apartment, appears in many of the paintings. It’s a self-determined space in which she can take control, much like the work itself.
Each piece forms part of a patchwork adding up to a portrait of Budge’s identity. Structurally, they recall comic books, complete with captions and inset panels.
Alongside self-portraits, there are several references to cult comedies (including Nighty Night and Best in Show), modernist art (Manet’s Olympia) and punk rock (Viv Albertine from British punk band the Slits). A pot plant, which gallerist Daine Singer tells me is the other party in Budge’s longest-ever relationship, is given star treatment.