Ave Maria started last year. For whatever reason after my first trip to Ireland and Europe in 2014 I was inspired to work on a piece that would make a statement about the power of the Celtic women in my life and ancestry. So the idea was born and with it Ave Maria.
After weeks of thought, drawings and research on Australian Postal Services ideas sprung to mind for the final sculpture for Sculpture on the Greens. I wanted something that would combine my penchant for the written word, printmaking and sculpture.
As you can see there is a lot to see on this work. So stop a while when you visit Kooindah Waters Sculpture on the Greens and walk around this work and read what it has to say. Where will it be go over the bridge and follow thee path around to a cleared area and there on the left hand side it will be two metres high for all to share and see. Sculpture on the Greens opens on 8th April at 5 to view the sculptures and 6 to have a drink and nibble and listen to what the judges have to say about this years entries. I hope to see you all there it is a wonderful evening and a great show. It will be on for six weeks until the 22nd May it costs you nothing to go and view so enjoy.
lTo those unfamiliar with the Catholic Rosary, it is an instrument of prayer and mediation. As a child I grew up surrounded by an Irish grandmother and my mother Mary Therese. Whenever there was a problem the family would be gathered to say the rosary. In memory of my nan and mother Mary and the links and connections to my Irish ancestry Ave Maria came to mind. My grandmother and mothers holy pictures have been used as they capture the essence of these two women and their faith in Mary. The stamps are Australian Christmas stamps saved over the years and appropriate as they are in themselves symbolic of the mother and child but also messages.
Ave Maria is an indoor sculpture and as you can see can be viewed in the round. It has been a journey in itself having started this last year which was my grandmothers 40th anniversary since her death and this year is five years since mum passed. It will soon be on show indoors at Kooindah Waters Sculpture on the Greens for all to view. It is exciting when a plan comes together and something which was just a sketch in the notebook becomes a reality.
Busy working on these little babies for such a long long time. It is all coming together slowly with Marquette ideas and eventually the final thing for Sculpture on the Greens .
Plastic dishes can be used for a myriad of things no doubt. I will keep you posted with progress.
SCULPTURE ON THE GREENS IS OPENING AT KOOINDAH WATERS GOLF RESORT ON FRIDAY THE 8TH OF APRIL come along view the sculptures have a wine and nibbles and stay for tea if you so desire you will need to book though in advance. It is usually a wonderful evening with lots of excitement and lots to view so come along and join in the fun. I of course will be there and look forward to sharing my finished works with you all.
It has taken some time but there are more birds on the way. They have wings of sorts and am experimenting with different ideas as to presentation. Eventually I hope these little birdies will wing their way into the Kooindah Sculpture on the Greens.
In the meantime there is still a lot of work to do so they are ready however they are started.
24th October will see THE WINGED CHAIR INSTALLED AT WOLLOMBI WINERIES ON THE WAY IN LOOK TO YOUR LEFT AND THERE IT WILL BE NESTLED AMONG THE TREES . 'THE PASSAGE' a driftwood and pewter piece will be gracing the plinth of Cessnock Regional Gallery on 26th October hot on the heels of the current INTO THE WINE COUNTRY EXHIBITION WHICH IS HAPPENING AT CESSNOCK REGIONAL OPEN EVERY THURSDAY TO SUNDAY. So a lot of exciting events coming up on the agenda for all to view .
The humble piece of wire was transformed and with resin, fiberglass, and recycled Australian art and craft magazines and a blood red piece of Perspex the chooks are a reality . The plinth a very weathered and antique piece of stand that has been waiting to live again. Also Wired in Space which was featured in Sculpture on the Greens goes to Rosby Gardens on Friday 9th October to be installed for the weekend.
They have a wonderful weekend planned with sculptures from all over Australia on display so if you happen to be visiting Gulgong, Mudgee, that weekend this is a must see.
Venturing out into the world of wire is a totally new experience . Starting out yesterday it felt as if I should contact my visual memory and start thinking of how to create the 3D image. I guess it is a matter of push pull and stretch the wire and sort of mould it into shape. I am embarking on seeing if I can make larger birds with a wire frame then resin over the top and go from there. I have included my first attempt at creating some sort of morphic bird like shape which of course would look so much better with legs still thinking on that. It will be interesting to see what shape this all takes as it develops. I will post some more photos as the work progresses.
It is full on but exciting with the buzz of preparing for the first solo. The press has been running at least every second day and work done at night. A great learning curve, with making choices for titles, selection of overall work so that it is cohesive, interesting and varied for viewers. There is a mix of mixed media, prints and painting and surprise maybe even a little touch of sculptural elements.
Excitement builds as works take shape. I have been experimenting with overlaying and different techniques all on the one print. It takes a long time with making the plates, then inking and running the print through the press then doing overlays and checking to see if it works, then allowing it to dry before continuing. I experimented with a print and it has a collagraph, chine colle, woodcut, stencil, schminke inks, and intaglio all mixed together and then watercolour on top by hand. This will be in the upcoming show so interesting to see what shape it takes when framed.
Life experiences past and present, senses and a desire to combine what I learn with my knowledge, are used to create contemporary images.