beyond the garden series
encaustic mixed media on board.
82cm (h) x 62cm (w) x 3.5cm (d)
wax, plaster, shibori silk, graphite, ink, dye, tea stain
She looked beyond the garden... something we have all done at one point or another. But for her the birds were comfort. There was something about them... as if they knew all of her secrets, even the ones she kept from herself.
'me, myself and I' exhibition. timeless textiles gallery 2017. newcastle. new south wales. australia (No. 1 + 2)
'the space IN between' atasda exhibition 2018. palm house, royal botanic garden. sydney. new south wales. australia. (No. 3)
'where do you go?' exhibition 2018. white rhino gallery, st. leonards. new south wales. australia. (No. 4)
'friends of the gallery' exhibition 2019. campbelltown arts centre. new south wales. australia (No. 1)
about this series of works..
Sometimes in life we find ourselves in a place we wish we could escape from. A space that might be: frightening, unfamiliar, confronting, distressing or just too real.
When the reality facing us in our lives and those of our loved ones becomes too raw it is nature we draw comfort from. Providing a calm solace: a reassuring familiarity that this too will pass.
To look through a window dappled with afternoon light, the sound of birds in the garden, the perfume of flowers in bloom and that unmistakable smell of the earth as rain approaches: there is comfort there.
Beyond the garden we can escape for a while into our daydreams and find comfort in our surroundings. The view through the window sustains us.
The space between our reality and our dreams of a less complicated existence are explored and represented in this series. For some it is just a view, a momentary state. I am inside looking out through dappled light to the birds in the garden. For others, inside might be more complex; a hospital patient, a carer, prisoner, refugee, bedridden, afraid, held captive, waiting, wishing, hoping, longing...