Saturday, January 12, 2013


Sennelier Oil Pastel (France) on Arches (France): Julie Clarke 2013
It was way too hot for me to venture outside yesterday so, amongst other things I watched a little television and did a drawing. Two programs were the inspiration for the above work - the first addressed the plight of Tibetian self-immolators, the other was on the current Australian bush fires still burning out of control. My only way around dealing with those terrible images of people on fire and the hungry flames devouring the Australian landscape was to attempt to create some kind of beauty. I used the image of a flower - it's folds and crevices as a kind of unfolding of the body (of people, of land) - open to the world and yet being consumed/subsumed by it.

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