Crisp and cold, 3 deg. this morning,
followed by brilliant sunshine around noon.
A perfect Winter day in Brisbane...
I haven't shown you any art for a while, so let's catch up:
|Kulata Tjuta (Many Spears), 2014|
'Kulata Tjuta' (Many Spears), is a collaborative painting by six Australian indigenous painters, all Pitjantjatjara people:
Hector Tjupuru Barton, Willy Kaika, Mick Wikilyiri, Brenton Ken, and Ray Ken.
The painting arose out of a program of cultural assertion when Tjala law leaders from Amata instigated a 'Spears Project' to support their young men, in the belief that engaging them in traditional spear-making would provide a potent weapon against cultural loss.
The work is painted in synthetic polymer paint on linen, with the addition of six spears of wood, kangaroo gut and fixative.
The Amata community is located in north-western South Australia, in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara lands. Tjala Arts is the hub of artistic activity, where men and women paint abstract imagery adapted from traditional symbols and concepts. It is a leader in the contemporary Western Desert painting movement.
|Bagu (Firestick figures) and Jiman (Firesticks) 2009|
Fire was vital to daily life for Aboriginal people in the rainforests of Far North Queensland, an area of total contrast to the deserts.
A large collective of Girringun Aboriginal artists have made contemporary versions of the traditional wooden bagu (firestick figures), using fired clay with ochre patterning, guava wood and string.
Jiman were carried from site to site as people moved camp seasonally, and the designated keeper was under great pressure to maintain the flame, especially in wet weather, almost a constant in the northern rainforests.
Fire provided a focal point for social interaction as well as its use for cooking, warmth, making weapons, preserving food and in ceremonies.
These works are quite distinctive, only coming from that one area of North Queensland.
The above two works are currently on display in the exhibition 'Terrain: Indigenous Australian Objects and Representations' at GoMA, Brisbane.
|Yayoi Kusama, Japan, 'Flowers that Bloom at Midnight', 2009.|
A giant flower cum insect, by Yayoi Kusama, greets visitors at the entrance to 'We Can Make Another Future: Japanese Art after 1989', also at GoMA.
The polka dot petals, shiny surfaces, and great staring eyes recall animated alien flora of science fiction and fantasy.
Now in her 86th year, the internationally famous Kusama continues to intrigue and fascinate audiences.
Our eldest grandson, Little Aussie, has been visiting during the school holidays.
He requested to make another of our crazy cakes, and worked carefully to make a pond of blue sugar surrounded by green coconut grass. The finishing touch was a gathering of sugar dinosaurs.
His fascination with Star Wars continues...
Who would have thought, back in the late 1970s, when Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, R2D2 and their friends were unleashed upon the world, that their popularity would continue for the next 40 years?
Aussie now has a collection of Star Wars bath toys!
And plays an interactive video game, featuring lego figures of the Star Wars cast, still battling the same old evil Darth Vader and Co...
I want to thank you all for your kind and lovely comments on my last post.
They were very much appreciated, and I treasure these online friendships.
Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are..