After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fine Art from the Queensland College of Art in Brisbane, 1987, my practice in Performance Art continued for a decade.
I exhibited work in Artist run spaces and Government funded Galleries
throughout Australia. My art practice then developed into a more 2D approach, mostly painting. Battling persistent Depression, Anxiety and then a series of 4 quite debilitating Heart Attacks I began to exhibit work periodically. However, I continued to produce large amounts of work, which in most cases were destroyed or given away, embracing the
ideas of the Buddhist philosophy of impermanence and emptiness. My focus was on the need to create where the process was the important aspect, not the product.
My work has developed from painting to digital drawing. The themes of my work have been constant, related to the human condition and how we fit or don’t fit into our own personal psychology. The issues of mental and physical illness have informed the work with reflections on the impermanence of life through Buddhist practice and the understanding of how the mind processes.
– Geoffrey Schmidt