Artworks 2D 2017

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Casurina Living Data

As I paint I remember my father saying that in nature there are "...no lines, just changes between colours and tones". With that I remember my mother drawing lines on boomerangs, like the cellular structures in all of nature.

2017 Casuarina Living Data
450 x 920 mm.
Oil on cotton duck
Private collection, Melbourne

 

Transformation Journey

This year at Eora TAFE I join classes in Aboriginal Cultural Arts, led by Chico Monks. I paint a snake and trace my transformation as part of nature through genetic ancestors and descendants, the phytoplankton (microscopic plants) that transform sunlight into energy that sustains Life.

2017 Transformation Journey
Acrylic on cotton duck.
Private collection, Sydney

My mother worked as an artist in the Aboriginal Enterprises studio that Bill Onus established in Ferntree Gully, Victoria. Chico's studio at Eora makes me think of this experience with my mother. Bill's studio was down the hill from where we lived in the house built by my great grandfather Tom Roberts, the 'Australian Impressionist' artist. Bill's studio seemed similarly informal and social - a place for people to connect through making art. At home my greatest pleasure drawing with mum at the kitchen table, and around the walls of the house (inside and out), using charcoal from the fireplace. Mum seemed happy too, showing me how to paint, and make sculptures out of 'rubbish'. She held my hand as she taught me how to burnish designs into wood with a "red hot poker".

 

Every second molecule of oxygen I breathe

This is the first painting that I did as a student of Aboriginal Cultural Arts at Eora College, Sydney. Chico Monks was our teacher and he encouraged us all to find our own ways to identify as contemporary Aboriginal artists. The circle represents both a microscopic and a global view of myself as part of nature, and words and images describe the reality that every second molecule of oxygen we breathe is produced by phytoplankton (microscopic plants) that live in the ocean. The circle also expresses my feeling of connection to the land and ocean that make me who I am.

2017 Every second molecule of oxygen I breathe
Acrylic on cotton duck.
410 x 510 mm

 

Oceanic Light Painting

With guidance from master light painter Peter SolnessI dance in the dark and paint with light to capture with a camera the otherwise invisible choreography.
I call this Oceanic Dreaming because for me the forms evolve from what the artist Len Lyedescribes as "the workings of the 'Old Brain' and genetic memory - that is, he saw the doodle as an intuitive visualisation of knowledge..." For me light painting is tracing and making visible body knowledge of relationships.

2017 Oceanic Light Painting
Protea Dance

Size variable.
Photograph.

I dance around a Protea flower in the dark, 'painting' it with torch light. I capture my 'light painting' with my camera mounted on a tripod and set to a long exposure and a narrow aperture.