We have a lot of really abstract emotions not caused by anything in this world....you can wake up in the morning and you are happy. Extraordinarily happy with no traceable cause.
Prints mimic what we are as humans. We are all the same and yet everyone is different. I also thinks there's a spiritual power in repetition, a devotional quality, like saying rosaries
-Kiki Smith, 1998
Took a walk around Brisbane yesterday in a group to try and spot some basic examples of Brisbane architectural eras.
The psychological comfort of the verandah space is the great certainty of Australian architecture - John Dalton, Mosaic. This is written on the wall at the State Library's exhibition Hot Modernism.
Tim Mosley has some artists books in the Clarence corner book shop on display at the moment (Stanley Street, Woolloongabba). I popped in to have a look and there were two guys strumming away a beautiful melody in unison. Ears and eyes content at the same time. Very happy. Then led Zeppelins stairway to heaven started up so I had to leave. Not that it is bad but I have heard it a thousand times.
Taken from GriffithREVIEW 43 (published Autumn 2014, Marilyn McMeniman AM).
Essay written by Lynn Jenner. Thinking about waves. Knowing when to leave. Page 105
Our sea is made up of certain blues. Sometimes, just before the weather changes, our sea is so pale it fades into the sky. At these times, the sea is almost silent. Sometimes our sea is bluer than a cornflower. These blues are inside us, enshrined beyond anything conscious, alongside the smell of hot sand and the sound of waves arriving from thousands of miles away.
I was reading this last night and still thinking about the opening sentences this morning. What a beautiful description.
I took Gwen to the Queensland ballet a couple of years ago to watch the little mermaid. It was stunning. Anyway doing an exercise of doodling marks without thinking about or caring what the subject was, it was not long until I saw the figure of a ballerina floating around the stage within the marks.
Biro and methelayted spirits.
I have learnt so much from so many people over the past six months, but I am officially back in the classroom doing some more learning/expanding. Experimented with paint application yesterday and fell back on my trusty object or subject that just keeps on giving - the paper wasp nest.
Brisbane visual artist