Wednesday, March 31, 2010

wednesday

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

friendship ring

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friendship ring, 18ct yellow gold, Ceylon sapphires, diamonds





friendship n. 1.friendly feeling or disposition. 2. the state of being a friend; association as friends. 3. a friendly relation or intimacy.






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working sleeping


while I am working Milly is sleeping. Sometimes I think that she is turning into a cat. Sometimes I think that Milly thinks she is a cat









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Monday, March 29, 2010

Elspeth Thompson

I was very sad to hear of the death of Elspeth Thompson.
I have two of her books and regularly looked at her blog. I found her inspiring.
Below is a poem by Mary Oliver that Elspeth Thompson sent to Justine Picardie, that I found very moving.
May she rest in peace.


WILD GEESE
by MARY OLIVER

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.




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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Unnatural, Naturally

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Jewellers Lauren Simeoni and Melinda Young are having an exhibition at Pieces of Eight Gallery, opening this coming Tuesday . It is from the 30th March - 1st May 2010, and should be very interesting.

 more information here: http://www.piecesofeight.com.au/events/index.html

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

looking

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what I am looking at




 Goya, The Straw Manikin
1791-92
oil on canvas 267 x 160cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid








Goya, Witches in the Air
1797-98
oil on canvas 43.5 x 31.5 cm
Museo del Prado, Madrid

images from here







also Susie Cowie










 (thanks to Primoeza for the link)











Nalini Malini  
Listening to the Shades 17
Acrylic, ink and enamel reverse painting on acrylic sheet, 2008












Nalini Malini
Listening to the Shades7
Acrylic, ink and enamel reverse painting on acrylic sheet, 2008

from here
















Lynda Benglis
Untitled 1972
cotton bunting, plaster, glitter, and paint over aluminum screen












Lynda Benglis
Omnicron 1972
Cotton bunting, sculpt metal and mylar sparkles







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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Friday, March 19, 2010

Icarus : the fall

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the fall is about the death of Icarus. I wanted this piece to be dense with detail, but also 'messy'  and imperfect. Some details disappear or merge with other.
Oxidised sterling silver, enamel paint, yellow gold plate.















































the back





























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Thank you to Emma Goodsir for asking me to be part of this show.
Thanks also to Fluer Watson and Anne-Laure Cavigneaux who curated and designed the exhibition.
Best wishes to  Michaela Bruton, Anna Davern, Natalia Milosz-Piekarska, Jessica Morrison, Karla Way and Katherine Wheeler.
 And final thanks to the amazing staff at e.g.etal who I work with on a daily basis.





Thursday, March 18, 2010

Icarus : the sun / the sea

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the sun/ the sea is about the experience of flight.
Because Icarus flew too high to the sun, and too low above the sea, the feathers in the wings made by his father Daedalus began to come apart and ultimately led to his death.
I thought that this piece should be confident in it's description of the sun and the sea. All the detail is hand engraved and then hand painted with enamel paint. The feathers and parts of the silver plate has been gold plated.




































the back

























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