Sunday, March 20, 2011


You may or may not be familiar with my piece 'House of the Holy : Enlightened Ones' it was the face for my recent exhibition Deconstruction : Reconstruction and is pictured on the link for my website on the top right side here on my blog.

My inner thoughts and feelings that lie behind in the makings of this piece run pretty deep, and when I try to explain these emotions I find it very hard for me to articulate. Perhaps because I see them as a feeling rather than an explaination. Infact this applies to all my assemblages. I think that is why the titles are so important as they carry the message that has been transfered as I assemble them. It is certainly challenging to say the least, as I am always asked what lies behind the piece. It's a bit like trying to answer what lies behind the meaning of life!

And now other works have come about with the same emotion behind the construction and House of the Holy is becoming a body of work...

" Trinity"
"Temple Within"

"Fragility of Life"

Friday, March 18, 2011

my bookshops!

In the last couple of weeks I decided to induldge in a little retail therapy at my two favourite bookshops - Badger's Books and Books of Buderim.
Books of Buderim as in the name is located in Buderim top end of town across from the Tavern, it is a fantastic little bookshop that caters for all flavours and stocks some of the most beautiful books. It's not hard to spend an hour or two or to resist the urge and take one home! After all I was in there for some retail therapy, right? My intent was to go buy a book I had seen a month ago, my indulgence a totally delicious and extremely inspirational book titled WOOD by Andy Goldsworthy

Badger's Books on the otherhand is a secondhand bookstore that never fails to cater to my needs. Generally when I'm on the hunt for a book I always seem to find it there! My internal radar was going off this day - telling me "Badger's - Badger's, go into Badger's" "Okedokey then" so off I troddled down to Badger's Books. Thinking of my flavour atm - welding steel, assemblaging etc... I headed straight to the Art & Sculpture shelves. And would you believe it the first book I see and on the front cover is a picture of a welded rusted steel assemblage!

An Australian artist Ian McKay, not familiar with Ian and his sculptures I just had to buy it. Of course on the agenda - google and learn more about Ian McKay and his philosophy behind his works.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

bone & bullets

This a relevatively small piece and came through while assembling another piece, which seems to be my patterning of late. The shell of three bullets still within their casing and one missing... the clay bone slot in perfectly, and as I inserted it the title came to me.

"Falling Soldiers"
H 13cm x W 17cm x D 5cm

A detail, I liked this shot (Pardon the pun!)

Monday, March 14, 2011

finding my place...

"Journey, Places, Marks & Traces" exhibition opening night for fellow artists Fiona Dempster and Barry Smith.

I am a true admirer of both Barry and Fiona's artworks and when they come together as one exhibit it is a treat to not only the eyes but to the senses as well. It was a really hard decision to choose which piece to add to my growing art collection! Among the many... one particular piece of artwork 'was calling on me' by it's quiet presence, beauty and rusty exterior. Then seeing it's title and the first words that appear on the first page "finding my place" Oh, How so appropriate for me right now, a must have!!!

Finding my place" (close-up), Noela Mills taking the happy snaps.
Helen, Fiona Dempster, Mark Fowles-Prince and Tanya.

Barry Smith discusses his works with Studio 4 Gallery Director Jennifer Stiller.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

mini me...

It was inevitable; with three 'dancer' barbed-wire discards left over and mesh appropriate size to accomodate another Spirit Dance was born...

"Spirit Dance 2 the trio"
H 13cm x W 12cm x D 2cm

Friday, March 11, 2011

Feel good Friday!

Last month I entered Altered Alchemy 200th post giveaway and was one of the lucky winners and today to my supprise it was awaiting me in my post box, and so beautifully gifted wrapped.

Gorgeous handmade earrings, thanks Luthien! I will treasure them always...

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The big 4 0

I ment to post this assemblage last week but in the rush of it all of being out all day, running late, and then getting ready for the (Mark's) 40th celebrations I forgot to photograph it! Luckily Mark was kind enough to arrange a photo shoot with me to document it.
"The Big 4 0"
Can you see the numbers 4 & 0 in it?

Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Squeeze

This assemblage I believe came about from my feelings on the economic suituation Queensland is finding itself in right now from all the natural disasters we have just endured since the beginning of 2011.

It's a little hard for me to explain this piece, as it's more of a feeling rather than an explaination...

...and sometimes, somethings are best left unsaid.

It's title "The Squeeze"

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Radiant Love

When I make an assemblage I tend to 'live' with it for a day or so, allowing thoughts to come and go, with not being to attached to the dialogue. At first I had thought 'wheel of life' for the title but it came from my left side brain, it sounded ok but still seemed to feel incomplete.
Not being particularly bothered by it, I continued on my merry way assembling... and once the piece came together with the bones in place, looking over at it while making lunch - Radiant Love came to me. It seemed so fitting as the piece has an air of radiance about it.
Almost finished just a few minor touches... I love the fact that the wheel can be turned with the handle, I wish we had sound on blogs because it makes the best sound whilst turning...

A closer shot...

And a side view, showing the spacer and handle...

I just had to share this photo with you, check out those welds!!!

I reckon I'm getting the hang of welding now...