Way back in 1990, I was exploring a random, almost automatic process of drawing, pioneered by the legendary media personality Mr. Squiggle.
One of the works I produced at this time was a mixed-media picture on paper, “Menagerie”, which has been hanging in my bedroom for more years than I care to remember.
Recently I revisited this theme, and the result can be seen here.
“Feral”, 36 x 48″, acrylic on linen, 2017.
Australia’s native wildlife populations have been devastated by the introduction of cats, dogs, rabbits, cane toads, European wasps, Indian Mynahs, Asian geckoes, and the general encroachment of civilization on once pristine wilderness areas.
Research goes on to discover ways to protect our native species, but it is a race against time.
Imagine an Australia where the koala has become extinct in the wild. It is a terrifying prospect. Nothing less than a quantum shift in the way we view the environment in which we live is needed to ensure the survival of those species that we have not already destroyed.
“I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself” is a song written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. The version I grew up with was sung by Dusty Springfield, but a later generation is probably more familiar with the version by the White Stripes.
I listened to my great friend Camila singing this song everyday for about a year. When she posted a captivating, slightly mysterious selfie on social media, an idea was hatched in my creative soul…
The process of coming up with an image like this is largely subconscious and automatic on my part, but after the fact I often recognize sub-text, meanings between the marks and lines.
Everybody relates to a work of art in their own way, and this experience can result from all that has gone before in their lives, even from the womb. Yes, researchers have discovered that babies react to music that they heard through the veil of amniotic fluid, even before they were born.
So, your mileage may vary, but for me this picture is about location, dislocation, migration, and a certain feeling of statelessness.
“I Just Don’t Know (what to do with myself)”, 48 x 36″, acrylic on poly/cotton*, 2017.
*Wright and Co. Ultra Smooth Pro Series 12 oz poly/cotton, gallery quality, the superior choice for a painting in this style.
“Black Dog, Wategos”, oil on canvas, 91 x 91 cm?, 1997? … can’t quite remember who bought this one, life was hectic, to say the very least!!! But I am very grateful for the sale, and would humbly appreciate any info as to who the lucky owner/s might be