Birth and death are inextricably linked. As one life passes, new life springs forth. This is an intensely personal abstract painting that was selected for the 2018 Taste of Art exhibition at the Noosa Regional Gallery. Somehow it resonates again in the wider context of the pandemic we are facing. I am letting it go, despite its meaning to me, to someone who appreciates the work.
It could have been in storage; A mixed media canvas, propped on the workbench, waiting to be put away before I opened up for Noosa Open Studios. But two of my Marcus Artisan buddies called by and persuaded me to put it on display. Thanks to Julie and Kris, this work got a showing.
I was pleased as a surprising number of people during Open Studios found it intriguing and seemed drawn to it.
Though it is completely abstract, some viewers discovered animals in the forms. I see the heads of the animals on the Australian coat of arms – emus and kangaroos kissing.
I can’t go past these enlarged sections of the photo shoot Julie did for me. They are so painterly. When she directed the shots, I bet she didn’t imagine she’s be doing paintings in the creek.
Gerhard Richter’s work, exhibited at the Queensland Art Gallery recently, gave me the courage to use a roller to completely cover this painting with white paint then pare back with two different types of pallette knife.
Sometimes you just need to take a deep breath and go for it!!