— Works exhibited at RAW Fixate 2017 —
Charcoal, 23.4 x 33.1 inch
Keeping watch over the park, the retaining walls of Stone Fort have seen children and trees grow, transfiguring the landscape to one of birds and Autumn leaves - yet have remained unchanged themselves. I wanted to express this contrast of change in my artwork by connecting Chris to the surrounding birch trees. He has grown with them, lived and breathed the same air. As they twist toward the sky, the memories of kids whose stories connect there stand with the trees, dancing with the wind for as long as the fort stands.
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The feeling of freedom is integrated into the long lines that make up the grasslands, overlapping the background with the foreground. Risky and confident strokes embody Amy's playfulness as a child and the fluid nature of people and landscapes - our world is one of constant change, breathing and growing with the seasons. Amy's memories are still shaping her today.
Memories are such a core part of our being; shaping our feelings and emotions in ways that are often unnoticed. To Annalise, John Knight Park is a place of connection and celebration. I wanted to capture this nostalgic feeling through her body and face, and to naturally emanate from her figure into the atmosphere. She sits comfortably on the rock, remembering these events and knowing that whilst these things have passed, they live on in the minds of everyone there.
Miriam used to play by the fence. To her, the fence wasn’t a boundary, but rather a part of the landscape - a metaphor for her obstacles as a child. Miriam chose to think in a different way, and so changed her perspective on life for the better. I used the composition to convey a playful and childlike energy in the work to show how the past shapes us. Miriam is still the same person she was ten years ago, but has been shaped in ways she could never have imagined - from a child to a young woman.
Gumtrees. The perfect contrast of texture. One can’t help but be captivated by their flowing lines and organic shapes. To Drew, the bush is of immense significance. Family connections, and memories of food and story make the bush a place where Drew feels at home. He is relaxed, remembering the events around these trees that shaped him, and will continue to shape him into the future.