EXCAVATING SOLID COURAGE /2011   This exhibition was an extension of the concept ‘Excavating Solid Courage’ used at the Florence Biennale, subtitled ‘Contemplation’.   CONTEMPLATION – The point of departure for this body of work is about seeking greater depth of understanding, and excavating inner resources.  I followed this process in four stages: writing a poem and creating a dance about it; dancing the poem, on the canvas on which I intended to make the artwork, while wrapped in gauze; using photos of the dance; and integrating them into the artwork on paper and canvas. The poem reads as follows:  I am excavating solid courage, Ambivalent spiralling, Pushing in the direction of clarity. I am contemplating, Unfolding the balance, Containing nurturing love, Shaping me.  The act of weaving is the integration of containing and nurturing, excavating and contemplating through the process of art-making, while pushing the paper to its limit by distressing the surfaces of the artworks.  The use of gauze is a metaphor for vulnerability, healing and protection, extracting courage from within. The art form of dance is a metaphor for moving and unfolding, while concealing and revealing through using a mirror in some instances.  Materials and mixed media: Quink and acrylic ink, pencil, oil paint, bleach, cotton, photographs and gauze on canvas.   Size: 153 x 78 cm    
       
     
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Contemplation 2
       
     
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Contemplation 3
       
     
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 EXCAVATING SOLID COURAGE /2011   This exhibition was an extension of the concept ‘Excavating Solid Courage’ used at the Florence Biennale, subtitled ‘Contemplation’.   CONTEMPLATION – The point of departure for this body of work is about seeking greater depth of understanding, and excavating inner resources.  I followed this process in four stages: writing a poem and creating a dance about it; dancing the poem, on the canvas on which I intended to make the artwork, while wrapped in gauze; using photos of the dance; and integrating them into the artwork on paper and canvas. The poem reads as follows:  I am excavating solid courage, Ambivalent spiralling, Pushing in the direction of clarity. I am contemplating, Unfolding the balance, Containing nurturing love, Shaping me.  The act of weaving is the integration of containing and nurturing, excavating and contemplating through the process of art-making, while pushing the paper to its limit by distressing the surfaces of the artworks.  The use of gauze is a metaphor for vulnerability, healing and protection, extracting courage from within. The art form of dance is a metaphor for moving and unfolding, while concealing and revealing through using a mirror in some instances.  Materials and mixed media: Quink and acrylic ink, pencil, oil paint, bleach, cotton, photographs and gauze on canvas.   Size: 153 x 78 cm    
       
     

EXCAVATING SOLID COURAGE /2011

This exhibition was an extension of the concept ‘Excavating Solid Courage’ used at the Florence Biennale, subtitled ‘Contemplation’.

CONTEMPLATION – The point of departure for this body of work is about seeking greater depth of understanding, and excavating inner resources.

I followed this process in four stages: writing a poem and creating a dance about it; dancing the poem, on the canvas on which I intended to make the artwork, while wrapped in gauze; using photos of the dance; and integrating them into the artwork on paper and canvas. The poem reads as follows:

I am excavating solid courage,
Ambivalent spiralling,
Pushing in the direction of clarity.
I am contemplating,
Unfolding the balance,
Containing nurturing love,
Shaping me.

The act of weaving is the integration of containing and nurturing, excavating and contemplating through the process of art-making, while pushing the paper to its limit by distressing the surfaces of the artworks.

The use of gauze is a metaphor for vulnerability, healing and protection, extracting courage from within. The art form of dance is a metaphor for moving and unfolding, while concealing and revealing through using a mirror in some instances.

Materials and mixed media: Quink and acrylic ink, pencil, oil paint, bleach, cotton, photographs and gauze on canvas.

Size: 153 x 78 cm

 

Contemplation 1
       
     
Contemplation 1

Oil and gauze on canvas
182 x 82 cm
2011

Contemplation 1 - detail
       
     
Contemplation 1 - detail

Oil and gauze on canvas
182 x 82 cm
2011

Contemplation 1 - detail
       
     
Contemplation 1 - detail

Oil and gauze on canvas
182 x 82 cm
2011

Contemplation 1 - detail
       
     
Contemplation 1 - detail

Oil and gauze on canvas
182 x 82 cm
2011

Contemplation 2
       
     
Contemplation 2

Oil on gauze and canvas
182 x 82 cm
2011
 

Contemplation 2 - detail
       
     
Contemplation 2 - detail

Oil on gauze and canvas
182 x 82 cm
2011

Contemplation 2 - detail
       
     
Contemplation 2 - detail

Oil on gauze and canvas
182 x 82 cm
2011

Contemplation 3
       
     
Contemplation 3

Oil and found objects on canvas
182 x 82 cm
2011

Contemplation 3 - detail
       
     
Contemplation 3 - detail

Oil and found objects on canvas
182 x 82 cm
2011

Contemplation 3 - detail
       
     
Contemplation 3 - detail

Oil and found objects on canvas
182 x 82 cm
2011

Contemplation 3 - detail
       
     
Contemplation 3 - detail

Oil and found objects on canvas
182 x 82 cm
2011