Like ( Meeniyan)

dancing girl 4 - 2014 (SOLD)
 dancing girl 4
This is for the likes exhibition I am having with Sue osborn at MeeniyanI used this technique for some of my head studies in a recent portrait show and thought I would try to develop it for the Meeniyan show with some dancing girl pieces. I had nothing to do with her wonderful grace and beauty other than sketch from a picture somewhere. .I guess I am always drawn to beauty in all sorts of ways and the grace of dancers is something I can only possess via my sculptures and drawings.
alternative transport - 2014 (SOLD)
alternative transport
This piece started off as a sketch and I even did a small watercolour of it. I like the idea of putting things to other uses and I have seen the land yachts so why not something like this…Not sure if it would be ideal on a city street or pavement..still it seems sort of fun..
Barrell Girl - 2014 (SOLD)
Barrell Girl
A friend gave me an old concrete mixer. I used the base for the base of above the chaos" an dthe drum had a range of possibilities from a pipe to a balloon to a girls skirt. Needless to say which one won out. I had done a similar girl years ago but had not done anything quite so quirky for a while so with the Meeniyan exhibition approaching I thought she would be a good asset in the show.Not a lot of meaning other than like most of my girls she is confident and sure of herself and we all need positive things like this around to give us support
dancing girl 5 - 2014 (SOLD)
dancing  girl 5
I was trying to get some complex movement in this piece. It seemed to be quite a challenge and I needed to do lots of alterations to get proportions correct. It became a real exploration of the technique and although I learned lots from the piece, it was indeed a very challenging project.In a sense this piece was a real enjoyment of liking the challenge and this is another element in the joy of creation.
dragon rider - 2014 (SOLD)
dragon rider
I used to read quite a bit of science fiction and fantasy and the dragons that featured there were certainly dramatic… It sort of lead me to dragonflies( why are they called that!) and hence my girl is flying on the back of one. I always like the idea of flight in some form and this sort of thing would be great..I guess I have seen pictures in my distant past of fairies riding butterflies or dragon flies so perhaps my subconscious is letting something loose. ……She looks like she is having fun!
fairy - 2014 (SOLD)
fairy
My wife asked me to make a few fairies for the sculpture garden and hide them so kids could find them. I did that last year and now she wants toadstools! I hadn’t really done a lot with fairies in the past but I did like the wings and size aspects. The idea of combining one of the flowers I sometimes make and a figure with wings, had quite a few possibilities but I had done a few flying pieces for the exhibition and I thought that this composition was acceptable. She..( in my case they are always she)… is quite graceful and perhaps magic will happen.
family - 2014 (SOLD)
family
I had the idea of a group of my characters holding a rock. They needed to be on a stand and I created a typical ( for me) junk stand). My symbolism means they are separate from the everyday world with all its “junk”, they are a unit and as such anything is possible by working together. The ring helps to unify them and this was another piece of junk from my collection. The rock is basalt and I dug it up from across the road in Jindivick…( My mower had discovered it previously!)
Mary Monet - 2014 (SOLD)
Mary Monet
Last year I did 2 girl sculptures based on Seurat’s paintings. I was really happy with them and they eventually won a prize at a sculpture show and sold. I missed them and looked for similar ideas and found that Monet was inspired by Seurat also and did two paintings of girls and umbrellas..This is the first one and she is lovely( well according to me) .She does remind me of Mary Poppins hence the name. I plan to do a similar piece using his other painting as the inspiration. The broken concrete of the dress gives a wonderfully pointillist effect so I am to a degree “swimming” with the flow of art history.
Monet sister 2 - 2014 (SOLD)
Monet sister 2
Last year I did 2 girl sculptures based on Seurat’s paintings. I was really happy with them and they eventually won a prize at a sculpture show and sold. I missed them and looked for similar ideas and found that Monet was inspired by Seurat also and did two paintings of girls and umbrellas.. The first one is lovely( well according to me) .She does remind me of Mary Poppins hence the name. The second one is really the same girl but from a different angle but having two girls does allow lots of different interaction. The broken concrete of the dress gives a wonderfully pointillist effect so I am to a degree “swimming” with the flow of art history.
My new pet - 2014 (SOLD)
My new pet
Spiders are such interesting beasts. The idea that you might ride one, is sort of wonderful and scary. I guess part of it is we have little idea of the intelligence of insects and what sort of thought they might have. The scale of this one is interesting and you have the question as to why some things are so big and some things so small… flying pigs and cows come into the same concerns. None the less I do like the way that my guy is in clear control and you start to wonder where he “stables” it or what it needs to feed..Questions questions questions!
offering - 2014 (SOLD)
offering
I do like making my girls and this one combined with one of my complex flowers sort of seems appropriate and works in an odd way. I do like to change the scale of things and hence my flower is a touch out of proportion. Still, my girl has no real trouble carrying it.. ( sturdy stock!)
Remembrance of things past - 2014 (SOLD)
Remembrance of things past
I am a large guy now.. and sometimes I am too big and get stuck in narrow chairs! In thinking back I do remember being at this sort of stage where everything of the world was so big. I remember playing in the tent under the dining room table and I like to think back to ( only yesterday) my childhood .I guess it’s a bit strange to think back that far but I guess it is such a formative time that those images stick in the memory.
set free my heart - 2014 (SOLD)
set free my heart
It seems to be a common idea that your heart is locked up and needs to be set free. I’m not sure where the idea came from personally but I do listen to lots of songs and I’m sure that this imagery is in some of them. Certainly my girl is … hmm she is only playing with the cage.. she could be locking it up.. or setting it free. I must admit to feeling she is setting it free but I guess like all art it is open to interpretation. Your choice!
star bringer - 2014 (SOLD)
star bringer
I did a few pieces reaching for the stars.. but what happens when you actually get them?.. Hence Star bringer.. she has captured her star and she is eager to share it… she is running because she is so keen..I have captured a few stars in my time.. my wife for one, my kids for another.. my life in all… maybe I should have made her a him….no….then I wouldn’t have that great hair.. and with me there would be no running!
Time flies - 2014 (SOLD)
Time flies
I have had this idea for quite a while but in thinking of this exhibition one of the things I do like is a play on words. I bought the watches from the op shop and have had them waiting for me to do the rest.Silly I know.. but amusing
walking the dog - 2014 (SOLD)
walking the dog
I did a piece a while ago called” walking the rock” based on an experience on the year 11 camp to central Australia. There was quite a discussion about whether to walk the rock or not. My character was walking the rock like you would walk a dog! Anyway I like a play on words so my walking the dog sort of goes the other way..( It also is an oblique reference to an old 60’s song which dwells in my memory!)