This week has been about the exhibitions. It is the final day for the Annual Sculpture Association’s exhibition in 120 Collins. A fabulously contemporary and huge foyer of a business corporation right in downtown Melbourne. I worked there yesterday afternoon with two other sculptors and I learned alot about their work in silver, wax and bronze. Also spoke for a long time with a couple of art lovers who suggested they would love to see tiny LED lights in the stamens of my flowers. An idea I loved and will definitely be researching in the future. Unfortunately Moonflower did not sell, but as one of my fave pieces I am quite looking forward to having her displayed in my hallway for a while.
Have also be installing the Big Heads at the Tesellaar Sculpture Exhibition where they will live for approx 6 weeks.
And on another note, I have been working on a birth chart of a friend of a friend, so on that note, I hope you are all feeling the creative vibes of that full Pisces Moon some days back, the Harvest Moon, last one before the fall equinox. All screwed up here as we are heading for the spring equinox. But hey….
Me with The Big Heads
Ages ago I started on these sculptures and they have taken awhile because I basically worked on them during classes, when everyone was peacefully working on their own pieces. It was a case of stopping and starting as I answered questions and helped others with their own work. So they are finally finished and photographed and will be off to the Tesellaar Sculpture Exhibition on Saturday, where they will be surrounded by thousands of brightly coloured real tulips.
The sides are edged with black and white circular ceramic tiles. The rest of the mosaic is glass and mirror. They are set into red gum bases and have laser cut stainless steel leaves. I have decided not to fix them to the poles which means that they do move around in a strong breeze.
THE BIG HEADS H190cm W80cm D90cm 76 x 32 x 36 inches
THE BIG HEADS detail alternative side
They are part of the Drought Tolerant Series. The statement for the exhibition is
Sun or Shade. Blooms all year. No water required. Frost resistant.
Hope that they put a smile on people’s faces when they are viewed in the tulip fields.
Am feeling less focus this week, Asteria is finished and in the gallery, Moonflower is installed in the Sculpture Association Annual (are you in Melbourne, drop by tonight for the launch at 6pm, 120 Collins). The Big Heads are going to the Tesellaar Sculpture Exhibition next Saturday. A new twisted wall sculpture is still drying. Yellow and orange smalti are ordered. One school residency is awaiting 50 circular tiles from firing. The other residency is not starting for a few weeks. Cosmic Hug has been entered into the Toyota Sculpture Exhibition, along with Asteria (wish me luck) and my new piece is waiting its photo shoot. Back at uni on Monday, so currently no studying.
So what to do and what to write about?? Feeling I should just take the day off, what d’you think?
Well Asteria has finally been finished and christened. Asteria is the greek goddess of the falling stars, and as this piece was inspired by magically being whisked off into dreamscape, it seemed a very appropriate name. She now hangs majestically on the walls of Manyung Gallery in Mount Eliza.
The mosaic is made from all kinds of glass – tumbled, seed beads, other beads, millefiori, tiny tiles, stained glass, glitter glass, mirror, smalti and czech crystal as well as porcelain. The fringe was painstakingly threaded with hundreds of glass seed beads.
Enjoy a little bit of magic.
ASTERIA side view
H115cm x W41cm
48 x 16 inches
Some time ago I started fixating on a black, white and silver mosaic. I thought if i created one in this colour scheme I would naturally move back to bright colours. The weird thing is, after working on the Big Heads which were mainly black, white and mirror, I am now almost finished with my next sculpture, also in this colour scheme and now I am busy planning the next one, which will be white with some black and silver.
Funny how things become an obsession. I wander through my stock room which is filled to the brim with every colour of the rainbow and all I can think of is, I must order more black and white!
On my intensive Professional Development weekend, we spent a lot of time on personality types. Part of mine was ‘sees the world in black and white’ – I didn’t agree at the time, but am wondering now. LOL.
work in progress
Anyway, here is a sneak peek detail of my latest work. Am really loving the porcelain for the matteness it is lending to the piece and for its ability to push the glass forward.
For some time now I have been working on my retro tulip sculpture. I have had to do a bit here and a bit there in between studying and teaching. Finally they are almost done, am just waiting on the leaves which are stainless steel, I have them but they are not in the right position yet.
So here is a sneak preview. I just heard that they will exhibit at the Tessellaar Sculpture Exhibition which runs for about 6 weeks through September and October here in Melbourne. Great news as over 50,000 people pass through during those weeks.
The Big Heads
Glass, ceramic and mirror over hand formed sculpture
I am continuing to juggle a Professional Development intensive course for small Arts Businesses, where my head is spinning with marketing, finances etc, with my degree in Fine Art and Visual Culture, where I am spinning with so much work its unreal.
Along with coming to the end of an arts residency and trying to create a new work ready for the gallery, I am feeling swamped.
So not much time today but here is my latest assignment, all about foreshortening limbs, which basically means that certain angles make your limbs look shorter or smaller at given points. I also attempted to create movement in the stationary pose. Until next week….
Texta on paper
At the weekend I went over to St Georges Care Home and installed the four mosaic flowers that were created by the community during my Open Studios in April. As I have previously posted, this was all inspired by Millie, a resident in her late nineties who is still a keen gardener. I read a story about her in my local paper over a year ago and thought that the brick walls at the Home could use some brightening up.
As Millie was the catalyst for this to happen, staff at the Home suggested that Millie picked one of the flowers to be installed in the courtyard garden that she tends. Her favourite colour is purple, so it was an easy choice for her. She tells me that the shrubs beneath the mosaic will eventually be covered in bright purple flowers.
The other mosaics were installed in other gardens at the Home.
Yesterday I popped over there again where Millie and I had fun posing for the local paper on our photo shoot. Images to follow hopefully next week but meanwhile here is a pic that a member of staff took.
Millie and Me
Some time ago I created this sculpture as an experiment. Since then it has just been sitting in the studio taking up valuable space. For some reason the time wasn’t right to continue with it. Yesterday i glanced at it and suddenly got all inspired to begin. Have started looking at colours but at this stage I am feeling the love of black and white.
Meanwhile at the kinder, the kids continued to work on their rainbow serpent yesterday. It is a big project for the little ones though and it is getting harder to get them to willingly help out. I probably only need a couple more mornings there though so it is just as well.
On Sunday, I will be installing the flowers that the community did during my Open Studios in April. They will adorn the walls of the courtyard at St Georges Residential Care Home. Images to follow.
Rug Sculpture work in progress
So the school residency has slowed down a bit as the children are off for two weeks winter break. It has given me time to catch up on other artworks. I am doing a degree at the moment so assignments are piling up, but luckily this semester is all practical and no academic essays. Have been messing about with paint, charcoal, pastels, ink etc. Lots of fun.
Am also working on a new mosaic, but currently that is under wraps. Back to the school next week.
Black Still Life
Paint and charcoal
White Still Life charcoal, pastel, glass frit and paint A3 paper