Now that I have half the time in the world
I will state that as an artist I start out with
Nothing to see
Nothing to hear
So I put on an apron made of magnets
Pick up a satchel of wire
And climb into the place where pictures live
Find a way through
Covering and uncovering
Pinning through the middle
Flags and a sky boat soaring
His dream again that his teeth fell out
Catching memories before they fade
Steps leading into still water
Nests that are places of refuge if you are small
Clouds floating by again
There was once a typewriter that knew what you were thinking
But only if you were thinking about typing
Between page 34 and page 35 someone had left a note:
The author would like to reassure the reader that
Some names of some days have been changed
This I know to be true
Trudy White likes to work with paper, pencils, watercolour, lines, ink, nib pens, texture, words, brushes, biro, fabric, sticks, a computer, collage, acrylic paint, clay, string, coloured paper squares, plasticine, gouache, wire, and textas, in books, on small pages, on large rolls of paper, on canvas, on wood and on old printed pages.
She has had five solo exhibitions of artwork, been in many group shows and had three illustrated books of fiction published (by Allen & Unwin and Curriculum Press).
Trudy also illustrates other people’s work for books, print media, and design. She created a book within a book for the beautiful novel ‘The Book Thief’ by Markus Zusak.
As well as making pictures and writing, Trudy teaches drawing and writing workshops to both adults and children and people in between, at schools, libraries and universities, including Monash Universtiy, RMIT, Victorian College of the Arts, Centre for Adult Education, ArtPlay, the State Library of Victoria, NMIT, TAFE colleges, and, one wonderful time, to children at the Cirque du Soleil traveling school. She has been a Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria, and a recipient of some Australia Council and Arts Victoria arts grants to create work.