May 3: Free choice I loved Elizabeth Abraham’s New Year’s Resolution for a year of LIGHT. I remembered that my word for 2012 is MUSIC, especially lyrics, invisible electro-magnetic waves and colour. Thanks Elizabeth!
I listened to John Lennon singing “Across the Universe” as I tried to respond to the music and lyrics within the electromagnetic waves… I found it poignant that he kept repeating “Nothing’s gonna change my world” and of course his world changed dramatically. This led me to rip and tear the lyrics to distort memory and hope.
Every Day in May 1: Landscape: I’ve joined this global sketching group which draws a different, nominated subject each day during May. For the 1st May, I sketched the succulent garden in the Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens with the iconic Centrepoint tower in the background: Mexico meets Sydney.
My watercolour 56×76 cm is finally framed in a hot Napthol Red Medium (Golden) frame… like pyroclastic plasma after a volcanic eruption!
Brunnehilde is a Valkerie who rides her horse into the flaming fire and saves Germany at the end of Richard Wagner’s massive 4 operas that make up The Ring Cycle. This portrait re-imagines how Brunnehilde would melt into her horse and transform into a blended creature.
Brunnehilde is currently showing on the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Virtual Galleries website: http://www.cofa.unsw.edu.au/galleries/virtual-galleries/
I used a smoke machine to generate random smoke which puffed from a chimney pipe, or pooled eerily through a crack, across the floor… alluding to the mining industry’s search for underground gas in Australian deserts. “No Entry” signs litter the landscape.
Machine is a 650 watt fogger which heats up and releases tri-glycol vapour (not toxic) to symbolise the release of toxic gases, during the fracking process.