As an awkward youth, reading was the only tool I was equipped with to avoid awkward social youths. During hard times and boring times, the joy of flicking through cheaply pressed pages cleared away all the rain clouds hanging around, and dragged me into the sunny times inside those fresh smelling bound publications.
Reading had always done so much for me, educate, humor, inspire, intrigue, avoid conversation. So I always thought it was time I should honour reading in some form or another. And so, a trifecta of events came together for this piece. The Billy Blue contest, with which I needed something to enter; The stumbling upon of old encyclopedias, which I could change; and as mentioned before, the feeling to honour reading.
And so I present, Why Reading Comes Alive, a sweet and simple homage to my favourite past time, with thirty two inked and separately cute pieces.
I first had the idea for this image while at a cafe - the two staff members had made a crown from a cardboard box and were using it as a prop to keep themselves entertained during their shift. It got me thinking about imagination and how it can grow from the smallest, simplest thing. I wanted to create an image that showed a plain space transforming into something more through the imagination. I shot this image against a blank wall in my house and then added the ocean and sky. While I was working on the image I was also reminded of "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak, which inspired me to add a paper boat to the ocean. I left the floorboards of the room at the bottom of the image to show the transition from the everyday to the imaginary world and then added some texture and colour to give the image a soft, dreamy feel.
A few months ago, I was delivered the sad news that our beloved garage door was... (pause for effect) ...dying. It was looking a little run down- peeling paint, chipped corners. What it needed was some TLC, some very, very unique TLC, which fortunately I happen to specialise in. And so my "Make the Garage Beautiful" project was born. The door got a fresh paint, the pattern was stenciled on and then I painted it. And guess what-the garage door is still alive and working! I guess you could say that in changing my world I also saved a life! Now passers by stop for a second when they pass by my house. It is a change from the usual project homes popping up all over Sydney- you couldn't find this one in a catalogue.
I love patterns and their simple lines can completely transform a surface when repeated. They are simple but complex at the same time and I find them mesmerizing to look at. I wanted to create a place where I could experience this every day. I love seeing the change process that is usually so gradual sped up into a few seconds to make it feel as though you can experience hours in a few seconds, which is why I made my artwork in GIF form.
I ordinarily don't like to title my projects, as I feel that often sets up the viewer to have a formulated perception of the image/s. It creates bias, if you will, preventing them from coming to their own self directed conclusion. But in this circumstance, I had a specific concept in mind and wanted to convey something definite.
My concept for this is actually more of a focus on the inherent reaction of the onlooker to the work rather than the work itself. My aim was to eliminate the central focus that people naturally seek when looking at a portrait, with this being the eyes.
I wanted to create something which interrupted people's natural expectations, addressing the issue of complacence and the human ability of missing details in day to day life due to the formation of a pre-conceived idea as a product of familiarity.
Through this elimination I had hoped to awaken the viewer's awareness and force them to inspect the image further rather than take it for face value. To break out of that familiarity, to question and inspire imagination. It is through this that I hope to "change my world" - to open the minds of others and spark intrigue within them.
(Apologies, the quality isn't of the greatest - the images in person look stunning and the colours are more correct)
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Artist's Gouaché on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, mounted on 10mm foam core. (All images photographed, edited, and painted by myself)
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This submission is for the "Billy Blue Change Your World" contest entry.
Mother Nature -noun Nature personified as a creative and controlling force affecting the world and humans.
A single tear runs down my cheek, as I stare blankly across the field. A wind blows through the trees and I close my eyes and let her kiss my face. She whispers to me softly as I inhale deeply drinking in Her cool, crisp spring air. Chilling my lungs and filling the empty space I've grown accustomed to.
She is my oldest friend, my greatest teacher, my comforter and my escape. I exhale slowly, the cold air now warm against my lips as she leaves my body. I am still here. I am still me. I feel lighter then I did before.
I sit in silence as she sings around me, her ebb and flow a rhythmic dance.
Breathe. Breathe in. Breathe out.
Sometimes the most effective way to "Change Your World" is simply to immerse yourself in it. It's easy to lose sight of the bigger picture in difficult times but if you take the time to simply be in nature, away from man-made interference, the change happens from within, breathing new new life into your soul.
In this series of self-portraits I was hoping to capture the rejuvenating change that being in nature has on my being. The photos were created almost entirely within my camera using multiple exposures - merging self portrait silhouettes with natural imagery, the two intertwining and changing into something new. I wanted to keep the photographs as raw as possible so it was important for me that the only changes I made in photoshop were the Circle frames and typography.
Beach pebbles are a beautiful thing, they’re smooth, fit nicely in your hand and have very pleasing shapes but sometimes I give nature a helping hand. Over the years I’ve painted hundreds of these pebbles and all have been given away as random gifts. I paint them with non toxic paint and a waterproof sealer so they can handle water and weather. On occasion I will paint one and take it back to where I found it, wish it a good life and walk away. This is my way of giving back to the beach from where I gathered my pebbles. Some I’m sure get washed away into the ocean and live their lives as a colourful addition to the beauty below the waves, some will get worn off by the turns and tumbles of the pebbles surrounding them and some will be found by passersby. Can you image the stories these people would tell once discovering the painted pebbles and try to imagine why they are there and where they came from. I’ve never found out the fate of any of my journey pebbles but that doesn't stop me from creating more. Ours is a world full of colour and mystery. It is my hope that a little improvement now and then, a little human intervention, might render it even more beautiful.
I'm entering the competition~ Right at the last minute, but at least I tried ^^: Self-photography is quite challenging....
I hope my statement makes sense its kinda my thoughts on a page, but I hope they're consistent.
I believe that before changing the world, you have to start with something smaller, like yourself. Whether it is to improve your qualities, setting good habits and (or) working to improve your gifts, changing my world is the first step I'm trying to take. I have photographed my self and my desk in order to reflect upon that, to further add meaning, I also sketched various things in photoshop. The desk is scattered with paper and art materials - to reflect my personality and my want to grasp everything. I have used white guideline type sketches on my desk to signify my artistic progress - only just begun and under construction. The two chibis; one on my shoulder and one near my arm keep me light-hearted company and help me through my process whilst the guidelines on my body remind me to learn from life. The sketchy dove near my head gives me hope and the rainbow is the process of which my world is being changed. To be able to change myself for the better, I hope that in the future, I shall be able to change others' world through my art.
"the bridge…the one glimmering light…the clouds hanging grimly in the sky…the misty colours pierced gently..." These were some of the thought processes going through my mind as I waited till dusk in order to take the darker more cosmopolitan photo of Sydney.
I had seen so many bright, sunny pictures of Sydney (a cliche i`m guilty of myself) whilst the night photos seemed to try and replicate cities such as New York. In creating this piece I wanted to avoid that, and capture a picture that is 100% Sydney and 100% unique. My interpretation, my change, my view of the City
So one train ride to Milson`s Point, a few hours waiting till dusk and many pieces of camera equipment dropped in the harbour later I perched my camera up onto the wooden sleepers, waited for the boats to clear, focused and shot.
Innovation generally refers to renewing, changing or creating something new, or more effective. I wanted to try something different from what I have previously entered - something that applies more to everyone than just myself, but still a concept based change more so than physical.
The light bulbs, as they are often associated, are symbolic of 'ideas.'
In this piece, I have gone for the concept of taking one thing and putting it in a different and abnormal place to where it would usually belong. My aim is to make the viewer think outside the box, to consider all possibilities and to accept something unusual as it's seen without question, even if it may be completely 'out of the norm.'
Our worlds can change in the blink of an eye, with our mood, or through our perspective. The idea conveyed here, is to not judge a book by its cover and automatically dismiss an idea, but to welcome something different and have faith in all its possibilities. Open your mind to something new.
This could apply to something as small as a new idea that may or may not be justifiable, as a dream that may seem too big to reach and even as accepting another person for who they are - no matter what beliefs, culture, style/looks or disabilities they may have. View the bigger picture around you, establish your own personality and stand away from conforming to the crowd, believe in all the possibilities, don't be afraid to try something new and unusual and accept things for what they are without stereotyping and judgement. If you can believe in your dreams no matter how impossible they may seem to others and test the limits of your ideas, you can surely achieve anything. Perspective and state of mind is the most prominent way to change your world for the better, find a positive & accepting outlook, be innovative.
Change your world, by changing your perspective.
I hope this impacts your perspective for the better and that you enjoy my artwork, thanks for your consideration!