Quite a lot has been going on in the studio since my last post. I’d like to share with you my journey into the emerging work of the Krysalis painting
Chrysalis is a bold piece of work that has a beautiful story connected to its emergence. While being slightly decorative in its abstraction, it has a strength and harmony that would offer a dramatic addition to your living space. If you like your artworks to hold more than paint and canvas, this one certainly does that. I was fascinated by the swirling motifs, one of which clearly resembles a heart or fish-hook. The fish-hook is a central Maori symbol which represents strength, good luck and safe travel across water. ( Which also speaks to the fact that many refugees travel across water seeking freedom). These markings were placed there by the sculptor using traditional Maori techniques, working with fire and clay.
My inspiration for this emerging work came from a sculpture by Will Ngakuru, which I saw in Rotorua, New Zealand. The sculpture was part of several that had been commissioned to commemorate the Anzacs (Australian and New Zealand soldiers fallen in battle.) I’ve called my work ‘Chrysalis’ because we see the figure in a stage of metamorphosis – emerging into a new and better version of itself. The chrysalis is the container of possibility. I feel that displaced people, refugees, have the possibility of the Chrysalis in beginning a new chapter in their lives. Often our best work is forged in the crucible of life’s biggest challenges.
I love the whole chain of connection that has led to this painting. It is a work grounded in the gift of a sculptor honouring people’s struggle for higher ideals – freedom. The piece couldn’t have been made without Will’s work ‘Continuum’ and I offer thanks for his beautiful creation which led to the birth of mine.
91 x 84 cm
Oil on Canvas
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