2019 Explorations 2: Eco-Dying

Continuing the review of new art forms I explored in 2019, Eco-dying was a surprise pleasure. This beginners workshop was run by Irene Pagram from Colac as part of the Art In Dereel workshop program. Combined with an introduction to felting, by Jane Bear, also from Colac, this was a full day workshop. I enjoyed [...]

The Shifting Shadow

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A shadow is misshapen reality. Elongated or shortened by the angle of the sun, familiar objects appear distorted, muted, hidden. As the sun shifts, so does the shadow, and we see the world anew. Perhaps the colours are brighter than we remember or, lit from a different angle, we see the cracks that had escaped our attention. [...]

Mapplethorpe’s Flowers

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Aesthetically, my flower photographs look nothing like Robert Mapplethorpe's flower photographs.  He took structured studio photographs of flowers in vases, set against strong light, or coloured backgrounds. I take photographs of wild flowers in the bush with backgrounds of moss, lichen, fallen bark, rotting leaves, bracken and whatever happens to be there. Yet when I [...]

Curves and Cazneaux

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Many years ago on a visit to Canberra, I happened across an exhibition of Harold Cazneaux's photography.  At the time he was unknown to me, but I found myself drawn to his photographs of ships and ferries in Sydney, all photographed in the early part of the 19th Century.  One in particular "A Study in Curves" [...]