My dream destinations: Wendy Sharpe, artist

MY ONE DREAM DESTINATION IS STILL

Paris. I own an apartment in Montmartre with my partner, Bernard Ollis. We usually spend about a third of each year there. I miss it so much. I recognise this is probably the definition of a first world problem. I first visited in 1987, in my mid-20s, after winning the Sulman Prize, a Marten Bequest Travelling Art Scholarship and a three-month residency at the Art Gallery of New South Wales studio at Cité Internationale des Arts Paris. It was so wonderful to be working in a studio in central Paris and have a pass to visit museums, which I did constantly. Seeing paintings "in the flesh" was a revelation.

WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER I'M DREAMING OF VISITING

Due to the pandemic, I have had to cancelled or postpone trips to Sicily, Uganda and also Shanghai, where I was due to present a major exhibition. I am obsessed with travel and always have a long list of destinations in mind. Right now, I am dreaming of visiting Moldova. In 2019, I went on a family research trip to the Ukraine and the trail led me to Moldova. I would have gone there last year. I am painting a long ephemeral wall mural about this at Sydney Jewish museum in July.

MY DREAM TRAVEL BUBBLE DESTINATION IS

New Zealand. I was just recently in Wellington. The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is so wonderful that I spent a whole day there. I also loved the Katherine Mansfield House & Garden – the 1888 home of the internationally acclaimed New Zealand writer.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC DESTINATION IS

I have been invited to go on a Southern Lights Aurora Australis flight with Chimu Adventures. I am lucky to have had two artist residencies in Antarctica and am fascinated by auroras.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC TRIP SO FAR HAS BEEN

It's hard to say but staying for four nights in the Priscilla Suite at The Palace Hotel Broken Hill, NSW was pretty fabulous.

Wendy Sharpe is a seven-time Archibald Prize finalist whose 1996 winning work, Self-portrait as Diana of Erskineville, features in the major exhibition Archie 100: A Century of the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW until September 26. See artgallery.nsw.gov.au

Interview: Julietta Jameson

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