Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Exhibition. "If a tree falls in the forest does anybody hear?"

"All that is born on this planet has a right to live on it." Franz Krajcberg (2)

 A second Exhibition at the Halesworth Library is underway: Building on the previous one it endeavours to be a continuation of developing work for this project on deforestation.. It celebrates the diversity of wildlife and plants considering the effects and challenges for the Rainforests when deforestation occurs.

The artworks again draw together these concerns, particularly in 'We Are Making A New World ' inspired by Paul Nash's influential works, which he produced as a war artist. His images stemmed from the impact of bombing upon the peoples and landscapes of Europe...his significant works can resonate as we see the impact of deforestation upon the Rainforest's inhabitants; people, land, flora and fauna. This results, for example, in the consequentiality of irrevocable loss of precious plants - such as the 'Periwinkle' known and discovered for its medicinal properties - aiding against childhood Leukemia. (3)
The richness of plants still yet to be discovered now endangered by rapid deforestation's eventual impact upon the eco-systems seem far away, out of sight out of mind from our everyday lives, highlighting the words ..."If a tree falls in the forest....

The work Forest, Civilisation, Desert, derives from a quote..."Forests precede civilizations and deserts follow them."  By Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand - who in 19th C experienced the impact and rise of mass industrialization and the decimation of European forest that 'fuelled' the industrial revolution... Chateaubriands words still resonate a hundred years on with the same sentiments concerning the voracious deforestation of Rainforests by civilized man who seems unaware of the eco-consequences for future generations.
Originally from Poland Brazilian Artist Franz Krajcberg's  sentiments resonate here as he observes the modern world...artistic thinking confirms with sorrow that contemporary society is a commercial machine'... (2)
Krajcberg's Exhibiton in1989 was critically article in Manchete said " The exhibit awakens the Brazilian to the holocaust of nature"(2a). Another stating how the impact of Mr Krajcberg's "Amazon Cemetery" had caused some to cry. (2a)
In the Interview Krajcberg says "My culture is nature. My work is nature. I must continue to defend nature." and "Art must be for participation."  (2a)

The approach to the exhibition's work is twofold- a celebration of nature's diversity and fine balance of eco-systems whilst also informative - giving expression and considering the dilemmas and impact of Rainforest deforestation. A compelling challenge to myself - an aligning with the issue, heightening awareness, seeing the bigger picture...the consequences and toll of deforestation. Finally it is said 'trees are the lungs of our planet.' this concerns all living creatures present and future.

Franz Krajcberg's wise words  could resonate here..." I walked through the forest and discovered life...when with nature I think the truth, I speak the truth, I demand myself to be true.When I look at it, I feel in rhythm with birth, death, life's continuity." (2) -art-as-a sword-to-defend-brazil-s-forests.html (2a)   in interview by leon kaplin.(2)  (1)

Monday, 19 October 2015

JUST NOW... a snails pace endurance!

I was just about to go out when I spotted  an extraordinary feat by a snail... right in the middle of the 36ft washing line  I quickly got my camera and shot this picture! I have now released him from this gruelling feat onto terra ferma!!

New works Natures Gems; Icelandic landscapes

Waterfall Iceland  
Original photo Image 2014


Experiencing the 'wilds' of Iceland's natural world in 2014 was an awe inspiring event. The Icelandic landscape is vast, wild, and desolate and at the same time hauntingly beautiful leaving an indelible mark.
I was keen to get images of Iceland's natural phenomenon's, hence the inspiration for 'Waterfalls Iceland' emerged. I felt that manipulating the photo image would sustain the evocative memories and experiences: The power of nature, the immense roar and rush of water, the sublime experience of being so close to the precipice, the evocative smell of earth and water spray mingling. Being so close was surreal...Abstracting and manipulating the image in this way I endeavoured to create and capture a sense of immersion, the sublime and the surreal in this work.

 Original above photo manipulated 2014 yf

Recent works in acrylic are abstract in definition through the works I endeavour to capture the experience of being so close to the precipice, enveloped in the sensations, sounds, and sights...

Icelandic Abstract I, 2015, Acrylic on Canvas yf

Icelandic Abstract  II, 2015, Acrylic on Canvas yf

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Sunrise beyond trees.... inspiration

Sunrise beyond trees is a pastel work in the process of being finished , I found a photo image adding my own interpretation into the work here is the process

Hermann Hesse
“For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them when they stand alone. They are like lonely persons. Not like hermits who have stolen away out of some weakness, but like great, solitary men, like Beethoven and Nietzsche. In their highest boughs the world rustles, their roots rest in infinity; but they do not lose themselves there, they struggle with all the force of their lives for one thing only: to fulfil themselves according to their own laws, to build up their own form, to represent themselves. Nothing is holier, nothing is more exemplary than a beautiful, strong tree. When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow. by Herrman Hesse

                                                                                  a work in progress

Visiting Oslo in Norway...Time it just keeps moving on

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science.


Time just keeps moving on...

HELLO !!!!

Recently we got the opportunity to visit Oslo in was another inspirational and culturally enriching experience, similar in some way's to a trip to Iceland.
One of the great things about going at this particular time in September, was experiencing the wealth of festivals happening in Oslo.Surrounded by various music festivals, film festivals, arts festivals, and food festivals; being immersed into such a diverse array of activities was quite magical...Oslo was fully alive and buzzing!! all our senses were fused into experiencing all these happenings and moments.
Going to the Edvard Munch Museum and seeing  his famous painting 'The Scream' was a moving moment the simple yet stirring image resonating with human emotions we can all experience, along with Munch's other works most of which tell a story of the human condition.
 It was also great to come across Scandinavian artists I hadn't heard of helping my understanding of the richness of Norway's artistic legend's such as Sculptor Gustav Vigeland ; alive at the time of Munch, Vigeland made incredible sculptures based on the human condition and the cycle of life nearly the whole of Frogner Park is dedicated to displaying his works and is truly awe are a few images.....made of marble and bronze



Sculptor Gustav Vigeland
Sculptor Gustav Vigeland

Sculptor Gustav Vigeland of Norway