Shedding insight into the meaning of 'Moon Whispers'
I received the awesome news that my artwork 'Moon Whispers' was selected amongst 34 Finalists in the Rochampton Art Gallery Bayton Award! The winner of the Bayton Award was announced early in the month, and was awarded to Tobias De Maine for his beautiful sentimental ceramic piece.
I felt this year my work was the strongest piece I've entered yet, in particular with the treatment of my collagraph process and the use of new mediums .The artwork explored themes of yearning, love and death, and became a response to the time I was 10 and I saw my mother after she died, looking through a window at me.
When I was a kid I cried a lot before I went to sleep, looking to the stars and praying , and hoping I could see her again. And as though my prays had been answered I saw her vividly looking through a window at me. , I stared back and saw sadness in her eyes, and a unknown presence of someone next to her giving her that brief moment with me.
But my reaction was in fear and I ran away towards the comfort of my foster family. However the experience gave me the reassurance that my Mum is looking over me, and a added strength and drive to make her proud.
I wanted to capture the feeling of that moment in a night-time scene , surrounded by Moon flowers , a nightingale and wille-wag tail. The animals and flowers often come to me intuitively, and directly after the portrait, as though the portrait asks them from me. Each acts as a personalised symbology of my childhood, casting deeper meanings into my experiences of yearning, love, and death.
The nightingale is seen as a symbol of beauty, immortality, and freedom from the world's troubles. Where as the willie wag tail is whispering in the figures ear, a reminder to stay cheerful. It is a healthy practice to make ourselves feel light and happy even when things are tough.
Moon Whispers can also be seen at the 2017 Central Highlands Art Awards in Emerald, winners announced July 15th 2017.
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