The boundaries of my small home studio (i.e. the living room floor) have been tested this last month as I began creating pieces for an outdoor installation at Gasworks Arts Park. The exhibition showcased the creativity of 37 artists forming an arts trail that wound around the bushland of this public park.
The exhibition brief was to imagine:
What would happen next if the energy and vitality of the park grew in self expression so that new forms became apparent, DNA began to change and evolve and surprising structures of transient beauty were made manifest?
Using materials gathered from my local beach environment, and with generous donations from artist friends I envisaged creating a series of beauty spots arising from the soil or skin of mother earth. I wanted each spot to hold a different energy and to form a mandala or symbol of wholeness. I also wanted the installation to be a circle of reflection and contemplation where viewers could be invited to become centred and calm.
Here are some photos of the process and the finished work.
I’ve kept many versions of a visual journal over the years. This little pocket of the universe has been my saviour in challenging times. On that blank page your inner world can be explored with sometimes remarkable insight. I often return to my journals for inspiration and guidance. We all have an inner wisdom, a wise Self , but its voice is often ignored or unheard amongst the clamour in our heads. Keeping a journal gives the opportunity for regular communing and an ongoing dialogue and record of your psyche’s life journey.
Please feel free to comment on how Visual Journalling has helped you!
I recently took my 4 year old niece to ArtPlay, a City of Melbourne initiative that provides a space for artists, performers and writers to develop arts based programs for young children and their families to enjoy.
My niece enjoyed the installation Colourbox, which aimed to teach children about light and colour. The only things provided in this space were rolls of coloured tape, scissors, punch stamps, paper and magazines. It is surprising what you can do with simple materials. We cut lengths of tape and stuck them on the wall and floor, adding to the already vibrant mural of designs by the young artists who preceded us. Normally young children are discouraged for making marks on walls, but here there was a liberating sense of anything goes!
We made a castle and a colourful snake as well and she enjoyed seeing her shadow cast on the large screen that changed colour.
Afterwards we had lunch on the banks of the Yarra, ice cream and posed with the vibrant Chinese New year animals.
I am launching a series of four seasonal doll making workshops in 2016!
These workshops are for women who are seeking to connect with their inner wisdom and embody this in the form of a healing doll. Each workshop will work with the lessons of the season as it applies to the journey of the soul.
For more information please go to www.lisafamseasonsofthedoll.wordpress.com