Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pattern and Decoration and the Heat




Tha catalogue for an exhibition entitled Pattern and Decoration arrived today after I finally tracked it down at the website of the Hudson River Museum. I talked about some of the thoughts expressed by Anne Schwartz in this post, and it is so much more edifying to see the images as well as the text. I am looking forward to giving it a closer reading, but feel that my way of work does rather fit in with the philosophy and working methods of the artists involved.
It also gives me food for thought as I contemplate work for the future- as I have been invited to possibly exhibit in Egypt with work inspired by my travels there, which would be a brilliant opportunity . I am not so much thinking Pharaonic as everyone seems to do that but the decoration aspect of many things Egyptian- so many surfaces are decorated, tiled, beautified. So many beautiful, quaint scenes- how to gell this into an interpretation worthy of exhibition and of interest to an audience who live with this every day??? I took literally dozens of photos of chairs when in Cairo ( and cats)- and I am thinking a chair may be a worthy vehicle for some of the ideas I want to express- the invitation to sit , to take tea is all about taking the time to share a small portion of the day.

The photo of the King Parrot is not clear- the poor creature was sitting atop one of the cupboards outside, very distressed- because of the extreme heat today ( over 100 degrees fahrenheit or 42 clesius). We did put some water near it- but it flew off a little way only to come back.I didn't want to distress it any more by getting closer to it- but aren't the colours stunning? I hope it realises the water was put there for its benefit. I would love to have a bird bath, but we have a cat ......
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6 comments:

Brenda said...

"Chairs" are the current theme of the Twelve by Twelve collaborative art quilt project. Our quilts will be unveiled on blog on 1 February (US time).

Quiltdivajulie said...

The parrot is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Best wishes as you plan for the Egyptian exhibit... love the idea of cats in chairs

Jane said...

Your eye is the eye of an artist and will surely transform and present everyday and familiar objects in ways that will surprise the people who take them for granted. Not to worry.

Jan said...

Poor hot parrot! He is as gorgeously colored as your quilts. I love your travelers blanket. Does it have batting (wadding) behind it as you stitch? I have much problems with bearding from my batting as I do hand work on a piece. I need to find something better to use. Maybe felt?

Jacky said...

I think we are all suffering in these extreme conditions. At work the other day I noticed three magpies, looking very distressed. I realised that in the large industrial area we work, there probably isnt anywhere for miles for them to have a drink. Thus we took out a bowl of water. We were lucky, after we left they came over and had a drink and played in the water.

I have really enjoyed visiting your blog and am very interested in your future online lino cut class.

Congrats on being part of the Egyptian exhibition. I look forward to seeing what you create.

Shirley Goodwin said...

The east coast of NZ is getting a spin-off of the Australian heatwave, but not as bad. The parrot is gorgeous - nature puts some wonderful colours together.