Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Art keeps me going


 Things are kind of tough at the moment. Life is changing fast and I have no control over it. 

It's tough but I'll keep going. Have to.

Appointments. It's exhausting 

Art and the animals keep me going, keep me grounded. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Amazon, 2022, mixed-media sculpture

Amazon, 2022, mixed media





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 Amazon is a new sculpture that I have been working on and off for a while now. It seemed to change as life threw its little life changing hurdles at me and this piece reflects that.

It is made up of a large goose egg, from one of my own geese, which has been, pierced, stitched, and wrapped. A piece of a snail shell representing a breast pokes out of the wrapping of the figure. 

She is balanced precariously on the narrow part of the egg, braced for a fall. Gently placed on a piece of plated sinew which sits atop a wooden base.

The face of the sculpture is ceramic. Specifically it has been pit-fired and polished with bees wax. She is almost balding but the illusion of hair is created by again wrapping her face with plated sinew. Wrapped in a false comfort.

The Amazon women of history would cut off a breast to make them better archers, better warriors, to take lives.

Now as women in some cases we have to have our breast or breasts cut off to save our own lives, this is the new Amazon.

Friday, September 9, 2022

Untitled drawing, 2022



'Untitled,' 2022

I finally finished this drawing today. Well it's more of a collage. The monoprint at the base is done by the artist Dawn West. When Dawn sends gifts she uses her old prints to wrap them. I always keep what I can. This bit was hanging in my studio and I was compelled to use it. When I first worked on this it didn't work out (see below) with some advice from Dawn I cut out the feet and print and placed them on a new piece of paper. Keeping just a small bit of the small silver fish drawings. Adding pressed flowers and drawings of forget me nots. 

If you are familiar with the artist Arno Kramer you may see some inspiration in this piece from his work. The feet actually were from a drawing I did of one of his pieces, in the gallery I occasionally work at, of feet. Arno also cuts out his drawings and re glues them onto other drawings. 

He is an amazing artist and I would highly recomend looking him up especially if your practice is drawing based.

 




Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Where you left me

'Where you left me,' 2019
I originally posted , 'I will wait,' on October 2019 on Instagram.
It was pointed out to me at the time that I made a rather obvious grammar mistake. Were instead of Where. I was totally oblivious. I think I had even googled what was correct and still got it wrong. I left it alone, although really annoyed and embarrassed, it has just become the norm for my work to be filled with these stupid little mistakes, reminding me that I am not perfect and that is OK. Of course today I went back and added the h to the w(h)ere as I want to use this piece for something and you know it really has bugged me. ;)
It is a tiny h but it is squeezed in there between the W and E.
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Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Colour on the farm-call duck

Colour on the Farm series, 2022
In continuation to the photo I took the other day, colour and contrast on the farm, I took this photo with the help of Ma. Mum was cutting the willow tree and in the spur of the moment she helped me take these photos, the final being the one above. I think I will slowly contiue with this 'series' if you can call it that. Spontanous photos made in the moment with no prior planning, just using whats at hand.

May be ages before I get another photo. If I push it I probably wont get any. All for fun.



 

Sunday, September 4, 2022

Colour and Contrast on the Farm


I took the above photo first on my phone. Just playing. Liked it. Then roped in my Ma to take the below photo on the old camera.
Pleased with the outcome. Just a bit of fun.


 

Friday, September 2, 2022

Pit-fired success


The little ceramic faces fired successfully in the pit yesterday. After a clean and polish with beeswax they are ready to be used for future sculptures!