Ave Maria - has been accepted for the Gosford Art Prize and will be displayed in the Gosford Regional Gallery annual exhibition. This piece of work was inspired by my first trip to Europe in 2014. I came back from there with a desire to create a large rosary or decade. Work started on this piece in 2015 and it was finally completed in 2016. It pays homage to the strength, courage and faith of the very strong Celtic women in my family especially my mother Mary and grandmother Eileen May Shanahan. As a child we would go to Rookwood as a family unit and visit the relatives graves and clean them and then have a picnic on site. My grandmother Eileen would call the clan together to say a decade of the rosary for the ancestors. Making the beads was interesting as I scoured my stamp collection looking for images depicting iconic images of Mary and child and also cut and decoupage holy pictures that were my mums and grandmothers onto the surface. Then drilling holes to create area for the wire to go through hand turning ends so I could then create links. The palings were significant coming from the old gate at Rose Cottage Mulbring and the copper caps on the cross from an old piece of copper from a hundred year old building at Gulgong salvaged by a friend and gifted on a visit. The base is from an old turpentine tree. Go along and view this in situ on Friday night 23.9.2016 for yourself and the incredible collection of work from artists all over covering, Ceramics, Sculpture, Painting, Photography, Printmaking . I feel privileged to be selected.
The Journey starts with an idea - then a drawing concept which goes into the visual diary.
From there I create a plate or plates and think on the idea and how they relate to one another;
Then it is time to run the background plate and decide on a colour
Then run the ink and intaglio over the top.
Then work on colour ideas and expression for meaning and work on all the edition at same time making them as close as possible to each other.
Then you photograph them - do your artist statement and parcel them to go into the real world .
What a journey before they ever get to a new destination who lnows where they will end up.
It is a joy, a passion and exciting to create works and send them out into the world .
Standing two metres tall in The Forest of Tranquility is THE LAST POST
This sculpture is a tribute to letter writing and its importance throughout the centuries. I wanted a lasting memorial to the hand written letter, postcard which is embellished with emotion, stamps, pictures and tells the history of everyday people at a particular time in their lives.
The world of technology is seeing the demise of letter writing. Last Post is a letter to fellow Australians that hopefully will truly last forever as a reminder of what once was and how important the letter was as a source of communication in our society.
With its demise go the colourful stamps, postcards, first day covers, postal services as we know them. Before they are gone people are asked to pause for a moment and read The Last Post.
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.
Life experiences past and present, senses and a desire to combine what I learn with my knowledge, are used to create contemporary images.