Seeking The Light Oil on linen 36 x 36 cm
The car is loaded, documents are prepared, screw driver, blu tac and other assorted bits and pieces are ready. QUIVER is ready to be hung. I am hanging the show tomorrow [Monday], and the doors open to the public on Tuesday.
QUIVER is an exhibition of new paintings inspired by concepts of Mother Nature. Using the age-old transcultural/religious tree-of-life symbol, I explore distance from the nano to the multiversal. In this distance where perspective, both literal and metaphoric, takes on multi layered dimensions, the quiver …tremble….vibration…of all life reminds us of the shared rhythmic pulse across time and space.
In an age where environmental and sustainability issues battle with increasing energy needs, water viability and food production, re-examination of Mother Nature’s story, myth and symbolism may provide new perspectives which are not only Earth bound, but also directed to and from the cosmic world, at the same time as potentially penetrating quantum secrets.
In many of these new paintings I combine a figure of a woman, with the tree-of-life. The woman seems to dance across indeterminate spaces that seem both vast and intimate. Her limbs erupt with trees that seem to connect her to these spaces in ways that resonate viscerally. This connection suspends time as Mother Nature embodies the first impulse of life as well as its present and future continuance.
In other paintings I have combined the tree-of-life with other elements to 'ask' questions about how we 'value' our land, how we might discover new perspectives and how we might re-imagine our place within modern cosmology. How do we partner with Mother Nature to understand the spectrum of life from the quantum to the cosmic?
29 merthyr Rd, New Farm, Brisbane, Australia
17 - 29 April
OPEN DAILY 10 am - 6 pm or by appointment
ANZAC DAY 12 noon - 6 pm
Please check out Carolyn McDowall's article in The Culture Concept.
Copies of my recently published book FOR EVERYONE: Words and Paintings will be available at QUIVER
SEEKING THE LIGHT
Oil on linen 36 x 36 cm
In this new painting [above] the female figure, representing Mother Nature, seems to attract light. He arms and feet erupt with vascular-like trees connecting her to whatever energy it is that propels life.
This painting is one of three 36 x 36 cm paintings in QUIVER. The other two paintings are below.
Out There Somewhere Oil on linen 36 x 36
The Beginning Oil on linen 36 x 36 cm
I will upload photos of the show when it is hung!