Friday, April 1, 2011

More from my Journal

 I am doing a few of these 'I am good enoughs' They are going in my friend Marys shop. Watch this space ..I am photographing her studio soon.
They are small and powerful and they help, AND some of them are in glitter on rear vision mirrors,ooh aahhh

 Straight collage...'too many fish in my Sea..still to be written on
I was asked by someone to do a page or a couple of pages around the word HELP and these two pages were the result. It was such fun.
To Start...I had a journal entry I didn't like, so I ripped it out, but kept it because of some words on the back.  In the process of all of this I decided, I liked the ripping and thought maybe I could makes waves from the paper and so I did.
The fish came off a cool exhibition pamphlet from the Ray Hughes Gallery in Sydney, a Chinese Artist called Yang Jinsong. I love his work. If by some some very quirky reason he ever comes across this, I hope he doesnt pay me any mind. I have an exhibition catalogue of his so felt I could sacrifice a pamphlet.
Up in the left top corner there is a figure with its arms up trying to keep above water.

 This is when the connections became fun.When I was ripping up the page, some of the pieces looked like hills so I put them aside and they turned into my next page, and I thought they looked a bit like islands in the harbour so I stuck them in and then this song came into my head, so I wrote that on it. And then I realised that I had made mountains out of the waves that were threatening me..yaahh how cool is that.

I started off with these pages intending to follow through with the body theme I had started previously. I had decided that if I got stuck , it would be a good 'unsticker'.
 So; I was thinking about receptors in the heart that carry memory and I was thinking about input and export from the heart and I thought SPARROWS are needed here..because to me they are love and that is what keeps the heart pumping. So on the next page, I drew some sparrows. Then decided they needed a branch, so of course the Aortic branch extended. When I had finished, I sat back and thought  'Good Grief look at that'  I have copied MACKA. My darling clever daughter completed her 6th form folio last year and below is a picture I admired. So I am including this in here because it is good to acknowledge source and inspiration.
And I was blissfully unaware of what I had done until I had all good learning I think.

                                                    ART BY MACKENZIE TAIAROA


  1. Amazing - the work is pouring out of you. Would love to see Mackenzies folio some time too - if she allows it. Synchronized parallels, but you both have a different touch.

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  3. Found this inspiring quote today..
    When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I have not a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me. :::Erma Bombeck::

  4. Is Mary a local? Where's her shop?

    Seeing your journalling and collages has inspired me to get arty - because I need more ways to procrastinate from writing!


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