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Getting ready for The Art of Dining

October 14, 2019

It has been quite an intense few weeks getting the artworks for the upcoming event that is called The Art of Dining. I was invited to exhibit 12 artworks at Mister Bianco. I created 7 new artworks that I will be taking down to Melbourne with me. Chef Joe Vargetto is creating five courses in response to the artworks and I am so curious to find out how it all goes. The dinner will be on Tuesday 22nd Oct. One of the courses, will be in the dark. A blind tasting. I have a painting The Blind Leading the Blind which I am so delighted can be part of this. Then there are the works inspired by my feeling of just wanting to disappear into the ocean, a series of sketches I did in 2012. How appropriate I can use them to bounce off and create a new series of three works from. Actually I made four. 

 

The Calling, 90 x 80cm, oil on canvas. We think we know who we are. But sometimes, that identity can feel like it's keeping us in a place that no longer inspires us. This work is a story of transformation. To shift, she listens deeply. The promise that she will become her self, is like a whisper on the breeze. The translucent bird calls her and the bird, which is a voice from the past, lets her go.

Immersion, 90 x 80cm, oil on canvas. She ventures into the ocean and experiences that exhilarating feeling of the wave crashing against her Painting water is quite a challenge and so capturing the fluid nature of the water, with a directional force was my intention.The ocean is a metaphor for our deeper, subconscious selves. This is where our truth lies, inside the quiet mind.

The Ocean Becomes Her, 90 x 80cm, oil on canvas. A metaphor for unity, this vibrant painting is about joy, delight and being at one in your own space. A fish in water is always in it's element. Her colours mirror the sky.

Mother and Child, 90 x 80cm, oil on canvas. A tender moment. A mother gently cradles her child. The flowers are bright and abundant to show their delight.

Rising, 90 x 89cm, oil on canvas. The figure rises, floating in a glorious sky. As if free from the weight of thoughts, desires and worry. I marvel at the freedom of birds and imagine what it must feel like to fly. This work shimmers, the warm colours thickly painted creates the sensation of a solid space yet the figures soar.

 

Out of the Fire, 60 x 50cm, oil on canvas. This tries to capture the tumult of nature, by the recent bushfires that were burning up in Queensland. A kangaroo resolutely moves from the burning landscape towards a safer place. I wanted to acknowledge the movement, beauty and resilience of our natural wildlife who live in such harsh conditions.

 

While She Waits, 50 x 60cm, oil on canvas. She sits quietly. She waits, undisturbed by the busyness around her.

 

 

 

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