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Frequency - a Journey of Shifting Pattern

After researching the African “Bushmen” for the “Water of Life” exhibition in 2014, looking at the way of life of another truly historic race of people has been thought provoking.

The Australian aborigines have lived in harmony with their “country” for way in excess of 30,000 years.  Their history and knowledge are passed on in stories, symbolic images and ritual dance.  Their stories tell about creation in the “Dreamtime” and how the characters involved have shaped their landscape and way of life.  They have no written language.

It’s easy enough to access a key to the basic symbols that aboriginals use to describe a “journey” through their country, also myriad imagery of artworks both historic and contemporary.  Most employ a dot technique which I find particularly interesting due to my research into how we see, colour theory and psychology.  However, it is thought the dot technique was developed as camouflage when aborigines were encouraged to depict their sacred imagery on canvas for the interest of modern culture.  They realised they would be giving away too much of the soul of their nation to peoples who historically have robbed them of their own land.

Contemporary aboriginal art for me, represents a heritage of style and symbolism, but embraces the freedom to enjoy pattern and rhythm.  I find the contour based imagery most interesting due to the movement they create optically.

For this piece, I didn’t want to just produce a painting like the ones I have seen, so I have concentrated on source material from my own experiences and the parallels found there.  The link with contour comes from my brother who is a mapmaker producing work from aerial photography “journeys” across the landscape.  Technology now allows us a broader view of the world from the “journeys” of satellites.

 Fascinated by the patterns revealed, for this painting I have gone back to a favourite reference of an aerial view of the Indian Ocean, over which the ancestors of the Australian aboriginals most likely journeyed from island to island to populate their ancient continent.

Marcus Finch BA 2018

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Crow Nation

“Crow Nation” – The Shaman’s journey”

Continuing with my theme of indigenous peoples, I researched the “Shaman” of the tribes of North America who lived in harmony with their landscape, revering the wildlife (fauna and flora) within. Their true history is far removed from the “cowboy and Indian” stories I heard as a child (and adult).  Once again Europeans stole their land and attempted to erase this inconvenient truth from history.

The indigenous peoples of North America identify with a “spirit” animal or bird whose way of life they study, drawing inspiration from their characteristics.  I have always been fascinated by crows which are connected with my birth sign of Libra so I researched the Crow Nation or “Apsaalook”.  I found reading the history and quotes from these wise people both thought provoking and heart-breaking.  They now live on one of the largest “reservations” given in acknowledgement of their historical acceptance of the “white” people in their own land who ultimately denied them their traditional nomadic way of life following the great herds of bison.  Their religious ceremonies were also banned.

The Crow nation believes that the Universe is made up of three worlds, the first is the physical world, the second is the spirit world and the third is where God (Isaahkawuattee) lives.  Crow commune with their spirit world by fasting on a “vision quest” or by the ritualistic “Sun Dance”, talking through their experiences with the Shaman for interpretation.

This painting shows the Shaman’s vision of the extinction of the bison; the staple food and material source and reason for the Crow nomadic lifestyle.  My painting process involved creating an intricate background texture and then “reading” into the patterns to suggest the main elements of composition. After many hours of work, the final stages afforded a second “reading” to add ethereal characters.  I have worked where I can from original artefacts and my own wildlife photography as well as vintage black and white photography by Edward S. Curtis.

The clever male crow from the eucalyptus tree family in an adjacent garden to ours has visited and “talked” to me throughout this project.

Marcus Finch BA 2018

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  • Listening to: the silence of the crowd
  • Reading: Terry Waite - Taken on Trust
  • Watching: the loop in my head
  • Playing: no
  • Eating: chocolate for happiness
  • Drinking: Scotch in Ovaltine!!!!!!!!!???
When it looked like bad weather would spoil the weekend, Saturday turned out so fine. Where would I go to see "The Last Flight of the Vulcan"? Up the hill close to my house? Maybe closer?

I was feeling good that my wife had suggested going to the Red Lion Pub to see if the landlord would allow me to sit with prints and cards to hopefully sell to his customers out the front. I walked a mile with a lot of kit to avoid traffic in the sunshine, past people setting up folding chairs on the junction access road on grass verges with cameras and binoculars and pic-nic gear. Past the line of waiting cars on the approach road. Past the Fire engine on standby with the crew relaxing in the heat of the cab.

Over the Old Toll Bridge, where I decided to set up 15 minutes later on the riverbank near the pub. I was worried that I would be shooting into the sun and the Vulcan would be a silhouette.

The 2 seat Hawker Hunter started it's display and I was thinking that towards the North it looked fantastic against a deep blue sky, pulling round into a loop. I've been to lots of shows and my brain had started to do calculations. It wasn't "right" - it was lower than usual and as the pilot was attempting to pull out of the loop, the Hunter seemed to lose forward momentum and it was stalling, with way too high an angle of attack.
It leveled out and disappeared behind the engineering works and trees and it seemed like the whole North end of the airfield blew up in a massive fireball which changed to rolling black smoke.

In that second, so many lives were lost or fundamentally altered. The people I had just walked past, the people in the cars - may they Rest in Peace. And may all their families and friends find some sort of life and hope in the future.

The Old Toll Bridge is now covered in flowers. The crash site has closed the main route along the South Coast, traffic is in gridlock and it seems the whole community is in shock.

The media are in a frenzy, "experts" are coming out of the woodwork with miss-informed judgments. News crews are interviewing families with stories of their deceased loved ones when they haven't even been informed that they are dead yet.

Why do people reach for their cameras before instinctively trying to help victims these days?

We now have TV debates on: Should old aircraft perform "high energy manoeuvers"? - should airshows be allowed? - should jets fly over roads? People could get hurt again! 

Accidents involving aircraft make big news - especially if caught on camera.

However, we live in a desensitized world where the death and carnage of everyday road traffic accidents are no longer news. Most of these are preventable by targeting dangerous, inconsiderate, incapable or un-insured drivers.

If the powers that be enforced as strict a regime on our road transport network as they do via the CAA on air displays, many many lives would be saved. Maybe that would need too many expensive resources.
I hope a measured response comes out of this and we can still enjoy air shows.

The Vulcan made a single pass over the dissipating black cloud later on - probably the last time I will see it flying. Probably the last Shoreham Air Show.

I walked a long way home that day - didn't eat or drink for hours. Relieved when I got through to my brother over at the show. I've thought of nothing much else ever since. Artists are good at visualizing and I know what happened in that fireball. Artists are also empathic and I visited the bridge today and saw the mounds of flowers. I could not read past the first few words of the first card and looked away down the river.

This is the longest journal entry I've made. It's not really for you - it was therapy for me. Live life for the day -

It really matters.

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Marcus
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United Kingdom
I create art in most media - see my website at www.marcusfinch.co.uk
which links to ceramics at marcusfinch.daportfolio.com
I exhibit with groups and individually. Works range from small drawings and paintings to large murals.
I enjoy a broad range of styles and subjects and have a particular interest in atmosphere and space.
I also use a lot of blue/red violet because I like it.

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“Spatial awareness is to know yourself in relationship to the universe – overcome the vertigo, shut your eyes and fly. There is no up or down, only relativity” - Marcus 2010

Using acrylics is like oil painting in a time warp - "IT'S JUST A JUMP TO THE LEFT ......... "

“Creativity is the language of the soul – experience and technique build the dictionary” - Marcus 2010

“Seeing is the raw file – interpretation is “photoshop” in your head – let your hands do the printing”. Marcus 2010

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Chotacabras Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2018
Hello...

A new group has started its journey in DeviantArt ... The group is called :icontraditional-masters: Traditional-Masters and is a group for traditional artists who want to publicize their works and know the works of other traditional artists .. 
At the moment we are very few because it has just opened the group, but without a doubt we will grow and we will form a great community ... It would be an honor to have your presence in the group ... If you are interested, please sign up and you will be welcome...

Regards ... Hi! :icontraditional-masters:
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broad86new Featured By Owner Edited Mar 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Nice gallery.:):thumbsup: Have a llama badge.
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Krystalvoyager Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017
Hi, and many thanks. I see I am going to have to take time to enjoy your gallery. My favorite episode has to be Homer at the Chilli "Cook- Off"!!!;) (Wink) 
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broad86new Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome, I love that episode too.:D Feel free to take a tour at my gallery when you get a chance.:)
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nikita6669 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016   Traditional Artist
amazing work, all the best for you..
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Krystalvoyager Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016
Thank you for the kind comments!
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nikita6669 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016   Traditional Artist
you're welcome..
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Orphydian Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
How come Ive missed your gallery all this time 

thank you for submitting this piece to our group 

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can you rpovide bigger resolution of these :
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Krystalvoyager Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2015
Hi - thanks for the interest but I don't load higher resolution. I would then have to put watermarks across which I think looks worse.;) (Wink) 
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