With an opportunity to exhibit my work in October, I have spent the last few months battling ideas and having fun pushing some boundaries. The space, The Crucible is located at Brisbane advertising agency, BCM. Although a private exhibition only open to the staff and clients of the company, I wanted to take this on as a chance to totally experiment and allow myself to not hold back on concepts that have been rattling around in my head for sometime.
Lately I have felt that my work was possibly slipping into the ‘paint something for an interior designer’ concept. Have yellow couch, need yellow painting kind of thing. This is all well and good…it brings in the money after all, but for me I want my work to be far more than just slapping paint onto canvas and selling it.
I often have this battle of too many ideas and not being able to harness them. It’s like I need the time to slow down, remove myself from motherly duties and research intensely and learn again. But where to start?
One thing at a time I guess whilst dealing with teenage angst and demands.
So this restraint, has brought me to think more about what I have already created and why. I began looking through my studio and discovered that I have drawers of artwork on paper. Heaps of unfinished paintings or sketches for illustration work. They’ve been there for quite sometime waiting for me. This with my interest in Japanese culture lead me on the path to the concept of what Japanese people call Mottanai. Simply it is a philosophy of avoiding waste. There is a great article here about Mottanai.
So I have produced some new works for this upcoming show that has stemmed from older works. I’ve taken these scraps of paper, and combined them with digital work that I have printed and then painted, even stitched, (there’s that concept of mending and fixing again that keeps coming back) and created something new. One of these is this wallhanging below, called ‘Rediscovered’, measuring 22cm wide by 152cm long. Details on the right.
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