On this episode of BMCAN’s Talking ArtZ writer Craig Billingham and visual artist Judith Martinez Estrada talk to Wendy Chai and Brad Diedrich about their work practises and how they are dealing with the COVID-19 lockdown while producing new works.
Judith Martinez Estrada (b. 1973) is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer living and working in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Martinez graduated from the UNSW Art and Design with a Bachelor of Design in 1996, and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy in Fine Arts at the same institution. Judith is a collector and visual narrator. In her work she explores theories about memory and the use of images and objects found in archives (official and personal). She borrows fragments from the past to create a new present. It displaces people from old images and creates an alternative world around them, exploring the themes of identity, emigration, nostalgia and reinvention.
Judith Martinez Estrada’s links:
Artist’s page: https://lostbeargallery.com.au/artists/judith-martinez-estrada/
Artist’s page: https://lafactoriadepapel.com/the-memory-atlas-judith-martinez-estrada/
Craig Billingham migrated to Australia in 1987. His poems have appeared in journals such as Famous Reporter, Snorkel, Going Down Swinging, Meanjin, HEAT, and Antipodes, and a first collection, Storytelling, was published in 2007. He lives in Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains of NSW. He has worked with the Red Room Company in its 2010 collaboration with the Australian Theatre for Young People, where young actors were involved in workshops with contemporary poets and developed their skills in reading and reciting poetry. Craig’s poem “The Fan” was published in 2011 as part of The Red Room Company’s Sun-Herald “Extra” series. He is a Doctor of Arts candidate at the University of Sydney.
Craig Billingham links:
Short Story: https://verityla.com/2016/10/07/breakfast-at-bethanys-craig-billingham/
Short Story: https://verityla.com/2019/05/28/the-love-scene-craig-billingham/
Essay: On The Novel I Did Not Write: https://www.textjournal.com.au/april20/billingham_prose.pdf
Some Poems: https://redroomcompany.org/poet/craig-billingham/