Exhibitors: Nanette Balchin | Michelle Black | Linda Douglas | Yvonne ELTON (Moloney-Law) | Angela Heffer | Michele Kershaw | Carmel Knowles | Heather La Bash | Sarah Larsen | Amanda Lawrence | Niloufar Lovegrove | Peta Lloyd | Belinda McGrath with Shannon McCallum | Alys Mendus | Sally North | Sambuddhananda Saraswati | Phillipa Sturgess
Afloat is a state of being that feels loose alive and free. To feel this buoyancy and lightness of spirit is joyful and uplifting.
Ocean water, sand and early morning sun collaborate to mark a moment in time at the change of tide, the cyanotype print processed while afloat on the sea.
Isn't it interesting that the largest animals in the world eat the smallest. Welcome to the whale -- the filters of the ocean in every way.
Whales capture carbon from the atmosphere, recirculate the ingested fish and plankton through their waste and create nutrients that are crucial to the primary production of the marine ecosystem.
Bondoola, the traditional name of the place of many waters. Where Billabongs are afloat with waterlilies, and embellished by the song of the Brolga's dance.
My only experience snorkelling with Whale Sharks is a vicarious one, however I have been entranced by their gracefulness and the way these huge marine creatures appear through the blue water at Ningaloo Reef.
In this Cyanotype I combined hand drawing and collected bits of seaweed to show the Whale Shark floating below the water's surface.
Whale sharks and Cyanotypes share an element of mystery. You never know exactly what may appear in front of you.
My aim in developing this print was to recreate the surprising clarity of the markings of a huge whale shark seen gliding through the blue waters of Ningaloo Marine Park in W.A.
Weather builds, rains come, the river swells
The lotus floating on the lagoons are swept by the river to the sea
Gathered by ocean currents, they then appear as flotsam washed up on the shores of our beaches
Their journey and life form to be reimagined.
Afloat. Not anchored.
Adrift. Not connected.
People who find themselves in-between - in-between houses, places, countries, casualties of power imbalances. In between states of being.
It is the 'luggage' that has had to be left behind, and never recovered, that can leave the deepest scars of conflict and separation.
The land, the sky, the cosmopolitan, nationalism, psychogeography, borders....theoretical? real? transcendent?....or... one small point, reaching out..... we are screaming Yoko.....but after screaming, where does the sky end?
*(Set of 4)
This work explores space as described in the Japanese concept of Ma. It flows on from a series of drawings recently created exploring this concept.
As with music, Japanese gardens and poetry value the space between objects that is as important as the objects themselves and carry the same weight.
Janthina janthina vs Physalia physalis.
The delicate and insignificant Violet Snail preys upon the Blue Bottle - a colony of creatures which humans fear. Both float on the ocean currents, unable to control their fate.
Keoki Stender photograph used as reference.
Water being soft and humble
The Waves bringing bliss
Wind in the hair surfing along.
I have combined scraps of cyanotype printed fabrics, rusted fabrics and vintage Japanese indigo dyed fabrics to create this Boro, (something tattered or repaired), inspired textile.
The feeling of being afloat in my magic boat as it traverses a patchwork of sea, sky and land is both exhilarating and meditative.
As exhibited and boat detail (right)
As exhibited (left), detail (right up and down)
I helped refugees landing on the beaches of Lesbos in 2015. The colour orange stays with me - orange of the lifejackets left strewn on the beaches, reminders of the lives - the pregnant women, young children, old people and unaccompanied minors. Now, as a parent this piece feels even more poignant.
AFLOAT | buoyant; suspended; drifting -- Floating in water.
This print gives the impression of objects floating in water. Will they wallow, slowly sink and disappear into the depths or will they drift and stay afloat... a mirror of our lives.
And where is this bliss?
Become aware of your body
Become aware of your breath
This image is inspired by the synergy between the new Rockhampton Museum of Art building and the Customs House, which provides new ways to view the historic structure. Here the sandstone building appears as a deconstructed fantasy floating on the reflecting glass wall.
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