Print wins a prize. It is always pretty exciting to win something and I certainly was absolutely thrilled to be awarded 2nd prize in the Blown by Art exhibition with my print Poles on the Beach. This is an intaglio work - drypoint, which has been done with al la poupee technique and then handcoloured with watercolour . If there is anyone who would like to purchase this piece it is for sale for $250 AUD. I enjoyed doing it so much and love the narrative behind it. The poles were exposed during very heavy seas at Catherine Hill Bay. These poles are remnants of the railway that ran along the coast line to take the coal to be loaded onto the ships. These prints are Unique State in that no two prints will be exactly alike.
December last year saw attainment and first prize in the Gulgong Art Show. Spurred on by this I have been so busy with creating art and entering group exhibitions and creating sculpture that I have not been active on the web page. This is about to be rectified and hope to add new information as it comes along.
This sculpture has been at Kooindah Waters this year. Winged Warriors a tribute to the 135000 pigeons of war that flew against all odds over rugged terrain, through enemy fire and attacked by birds of prey to deliver messages to the allies which ultimately saved thousands of lives. The Dickin Medal the equivalent to the Victoria Cross was awarded to pigeons for their bravery. In this year of centenary of Anzac I wanted our winged warriors to be remembered. I am happy to say that these little birds were noticed in America and are winging their way to settle there in the USA.
The Winged Chair evolved it is my vision of the balance of power between humans and the creatures of the air. The wings symbolize the Seraph and as a seat of power and the most high.
Wired in Space - we all have a sense of freedom but upon reflection we are all confined by the space we happen to be in at any particular time of the day. With this concept in mind Wired in Space is a metaphor for juxtaposition between movement and virtual freedom.
The wires contained within are coloured and are captured at different angles as the sun hits them. Each piece is Kinetic.
The Stables Gallery was a buzz on Friday 12th June as artists and friends waited excitedly for the opening of the show and the announcement of the art prizes. The work was an incredible mix of sections in sculpture, photography, textile, ceramics and painting. Prints were subsumed into the painting section. I am happy to announce that one of my three entries - Home is where you are on the art road was awarded a Highly Commended. It certainly gives one an incentive to keep going with the art work .
On 28th May had the opportunity to talk to the Society about Printmaking and its History. The research done for this talk was enlightening - one snippet of information was that in early times images of saints were printed onto very thin wafer paper and the receiver would often eat these believing that they would be protected in health and life. They also pasted them inside boxes to protect goods. The earliest form of printing was done in China and on skin.
I enjoyed showing plates and discussing the different types of printmaking - lithography, collagraphs, drypoint, tetrapak, etching, solar plates, lino cut, woodcut and screenprinting. Also the difference between intaglio and relief.
Surprisingly the forty five minutes flew and all seemed to enjoy themselves very much. It is great to be able to share this wonderful and exciting art form and to enlighten people to the importance and quality of printmaking in art.
Life experiences past and present, senses and a desire to combine what I learn with my knowledge, are used to create contemporary images.