Fruits of the Yggdrasil Tree 4 – 26 Apr 2015
This body of work is an exploration of my own lost native culture. The cogs of the rat race machine grind this quiet birthright out of us yet if you listen it can be heard over the honking horns and busy voices. Some of my ancestry is Viking. I can feel this when I am carving wood and working iron. This is why I have chosen the Yggdrasil Tree as a unifying principle to gather up all the various figurative modes I have adopted. In Norse mythology, The Yggdrasil Tree kept all of the realms both separate and together and in these realms giants, gods and men were all kept in a situation of non-locality. And so were related by the one tree and yet separated by it. There was a time when we were all indigenous – just because you have an iPhone doesn’t mean you aren’t part of some ancient lineage. We could all stand to be more tribal.
Colour Shock 4 – 26 Apr 2015
The tulip fields of Table Cape have had a pronounced effect on me ever since my first visit there in 1986. Late September/early October sees the tulips at their best. The fields of colours are simply stunning, alien in fact against the surrounding countryside. There is no set planting order of the bulbs, but it doesn’t matter. The result is a feast of colour for the eyes that can come as quite a shock to any unsuspecting visitor. No matter how striking the vista is, one can always be assured of an uplifting visual experience. This body of work represents my first serious attempt at illustrating the strength and intensity of the tulip fields against the backdrop of a typical Tasmanian agricultural landscape, through digital drawing. The contrasts are strong, the colours intense, but there is an overwhelming sense of joy in the landscapes. Some drawings have been strongly abstracted, while in others there are stylized details of landscapes. Each piece is a one-off, unique and a celebration of colour and design in a landscape that is a marriage of natural and man-made influences.