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Fragments of Nature – Catalogue of works

January 10, 2015

This body of work represents my response to capturing the beauty and spirit of my surrounding Australian tropical landscape. To understand the landscape I explored and immersed myself within the spirit of the land by spending quiet meditative time within the environment to awaken all of my senses and appreciate nature. I was inspired to connect and work within a collaboration process with nature to incorporate the natural elements and to capture the essence of the physical shapes textures and colours.

Catalogue of works

Artwork in this catalogue include:

Title: Mosaic of Nature
Description: Mosaic of bright coloured squares arranged in a grid.

Title: The Spirit of the Tropics
Description: Collection of three subdued coloured images of fern fronds, leaf and shell.
Materials: Acrylic ink on water paper 2015. Dimensions: 3 works 28 x 35cm

Title: Fragments of Nature
Description: Collection of four coloured images of fern fronds, shells, seeds, and leaves.
Materials: Acrylic ink on water paper 2015. Dimensions: 4 works 10.2 x 10.2cm

This body of work represents my response to capturing the beauty and spirit of my surrounding Australian tropical landscape. To understand the landscape I explored and immersed myself within the spirit of the land by spending quiet meditative time within the environment to awaken all of my senses and appreciate nature. I was inspired to connect and work within a collaboration process with nature to incorporate the natural elements and to capture the essence of the physical shapes textures and colours.

John Wolseley’s interpretation of nature through his art motivates and inspires me. John moves within the landscape and is part of the landscape as he absorbs the environment (Grishin 2015). I experimented with Wolsey’s techniques of getting amongst the environment and being one with nature. I used his frottage techniques on the plants, ground and surfaces by rubbing and pressing the paper to capture the expressive forms, tones and line markings.

Most of the work for this project was created after visiting the beautiful Wangetti beach in Cairns Qld. I loaded myself, my son and the two dogs, water paper, water paints, inks, brushes, pencils, sponges, drawing board, pallet knife, water, containers, and camera. We had the beach to ourselves, glorious weather and plenty of time to explore, relax and take time in researching, experimenting and capturing the essence of nature.

I worked on different ways to frottage the natural elements using wet and dry water paper, finding that the ocean marks were a lot softer then the marks from the mud and creeks. Seaweed, bark and burnt ashes from people’s fires provided nice prominent markings. I discovered large pieces of coral, rocks, driftwood and shells that had drifted into shore. I traced them and added ink to stamp and print them onto the paper, which created beautiful and distinctive marks.

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