Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Freshwater Mangrove Barringtonia acutangula
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
"The first thing I noticed when I stepped out of the car was the distinctive smell. A delightful warm aroma of eucalyptus leaves and dry earthy smell, that tells you, you are outdoors in the Australian bush. I headed along part of Tingalpa Creek circuit. Many trees are sprouting new growth, lush green foliage sparkles in the sunlight. It is interesting to see how quickly the 'view' of the landscape alters with every few steps on the track. A constant new perspective emerges as foreground, middle ground and distant elements layer and alter with each step presenting a fresh panorama. Wonderful bark diversity - spotted gums, casuarinas, wattles, others in ribbons, flaking and discarding.
Towards the creek some paperbarks appear, beautiful pale pealing layers on trunks. The water is still, a deep silent pool in the landscape. Lush green undergrowth grows along the edges - bracken, lomandra, dianella and other grasses. The underlayers throughout the track are quite a feature. Grasses of various species, some in open patches, others amongst dense tree trunks. Others flattened by wind, rain and native animals, flop in clumps upon itself. More with dry upright seed stems blow in a gentle breeze.
I feel a warm happiness each time I spot a really large tree amongst the bush. They are often broken from years of storm and fire; top missing with giant hollows flowing through their trunks. Everything has a place in the cycle of life in this environment. Several trees have the mark of death; fungi steps up the branches and tree trunks signify that life has passed on and a new phase of decomposition and rebirth is beginning. The Australian bush holds many treasures, for me it is often the textures and subtle shades combined with punctuation marks of highlight that give it a special beauty of its own."
I have started work on a new phase of my Greenbelt Project. For the next six months I will focus on the biodiversity values of natural heritage sites in Redland City.
In exploring the vital role plants play as the foundation of life, I am interested in attributing a sense of valuing in my representations of vegetation. Works reject any thoughts of a monotonous view implied at times by the term 'bush' in Australia. Each site is unique; I seek out the beauty, intricate detail, unique qualities, textures and colours that characterise and identify each environment. Nothing is superfluous in nature; every species has a role to play in an interconnected web of life.
What role do people play in shaping habitat? How do we find balance between conservation and development to maintain biodiversity values?
If you have any thoughts on this I would love to see your comments. Thank you.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Botanica opened on Thursday night, showing works developed from my nine month residency at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt. Coot-tha. I would like to send a huge Thank you to all my friends who were able to attend the exhibition opening and to many unable to make it who sent me messages of support and best wishes. THANK YOU.
Monday, November 23, 2009
I would like to extend a warm invitation to attend Botanica 2009.
I will be exhibiting artworks from the 'Family Tree' series, developed during my Artist-in-Residence experience at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha in 2009. Each day of the exhibition I will be in attendance and look forward to seeing you if you have an opportunity to visit. Thank you.
Botanica opens on Thursday, 3rd December from 6.30 - 9.00pm. Queensland Herbarium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, Mt Coot-tha Road, Toowong.
To be opened by Dr Gordon Guymer, Director, Queensland Herbarium.
RSVP for opening night by Friday 27th November to Jay Stewart, Ph: (07) 3403 2535.
Exhibition continues Friday 4th - Sunday 6th December, 10am - 4pm. (Sunday closing 3pm)
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Last year a good friend, Susan Buret, introduced me to a self publishing site called Blurb. On checking out their site I was quite excited about the opportunity to make a book, I just needed a suitable project to base it on - the residency has been that project.
I started this blog as a way of keeping track of my experiences and to assist with the eventual making of the book. This blog has provided me with far more than I initially envisioned, support and comments from colleagues and friends, making of new friends, and my family in Melbourne having a much better idea of what I 'do' are just a few.
I would like to extend a generous Thank you to all the people who have supported me during my residency and assisted with the making of the book. THANK YOU.
'Layers of Life' features monthly chapters of seasonal highlights in the Australian Plant Communities, with accompanying chapters presenting visual inspiration from the Japanese, Temperate Region and Arid Region gardens; and a chapter dedicated to artworks resulting from the residency.
Signed copies will be available at Botanica in early December, or orders can be placed online.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Paul has put together a great photo story of the walk, you can view it here.
Monday, October 12, 2009
For part of the time on my walks around the Australian Plant Communities at the Brisbane Botanic gardens Mt.Coot-tha, I am looking at what has fallen on the ground. The accumulated debris of leaves, seed pods and flowers can be a great indicator of nearby plants. There is a lot of leaf drop now as dry weather continues in Brisbane, but again this creates beauty in its own way. Seeds of the Blue Quandong gathered in large drifts on path edges, such an incredible colour amongst the reds, gold and green more commonly seen.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
'Conserve - Develop' is one of forty finalist works selected for the Caldera Art Awards 2009. The awards were established to promote biodiversity values in Australia's Green Cauldron region.
The Caldera Art Awards exhibition will be on show at The Centre, (Scenic Rim Regional Council), 82 Brisbane Street, Beaudesert; from the 16th October to 29th November.
Barringtonia acutangula Freshwater Mangrove
Monday, October 5, 2009
Artworks from my residency at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt.Coot-tha are starting to come together as finished pieces. 'Growth Patterns' , above, features observations of new growth sprouts, unfurling leaves and flower sprigs of various plant species in the Sapindaceae family.
Works developed from the residency will be exhibited at 'Botanica' held in early December 2009 at the Herbarium in the gardens at Mt.Coot-tha.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
I am experiencing what feels like an enormous tide of ideas at the moment in response to my residency at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt.Coot-tha. All the months spent observing and taking in details of surrounds, plants, layers and connections has distilled to a time now when I don't have to think about what I want to create. The ideas are flowing freely, as I make artwork more ideas develop, so it feels more like a time of capturing as much as I can...in case I lose it.
There are not many times when I have felt like this working on a project, I put it down to having an extended period of time to absorb and focus ideas before producing works.