Mixed Media on Terracotta Colourfix pastel paper 70cm x 50 cm 2012
Oil pastel, coloured pencil, iridiscent ink, acrylics, gold glitter, gold paint, crystals, embellishments.
Original not available. Private collection.
A lot of thought, inspiration & design went into this piece and I experimented with various mediums which worked together well.
I used a variety of mixed media as well as real opal crystals which were given to me by a friend years ago who found them at Lightning Ridge. It is interesting to note that opals were used by the Australian indigenous shamans in their dreamtime ceremonies. They are a perfect match for the painting.
The traditional colours of red, black & yellow of the Aboriginal people stands out in this painting which also depicts the fragility of Mother Earth, her hidden (masked) wisdom & the secrets of life, as she holds a precious drop of water & seed from the tree in her hand. The Boab tree represents female fertility & nourishment.
Grey & bronze hair flows out from her left (feminine) side, representing old age & wisdom. On her right side the masculine rainbow serpent seeks new paths of creation across the landscape. I have given this work a bit of an Art Nouveau feel for something different with some gold to portray the richness of youth & wealth of the earth.