Untold Stories came about by a combination of chance events.


I had a number of exhibitions earlier in the year with the theme of UP and I was thinking about how I would move on from these. I entered the Fringe Furniture Exhibition this year and the theme was “silver” and I developed two pieces around this theme ( both in this show). One involved using cutlery as the decorative element and was using ”silver ware”. I ended up with more cutlery than I needed and I was playing with the forms and thinking how else I could use them in my work. I developed a scene involving a girl form and giant spoons( using their reflective qualities).
I also did a farmer leaning on a fence of knife handles with a crop behind him and another farmer with a crop of forks. These pieces I sent off to an exhibition in America.
But I put one up on Facebook as my piece of the week. One of my ex students commented that she was loving reading the story about the girl and the spoons. I asked was there an actual story about a girl and spoons and she said no she just meant the write up I had given it

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I thought maybe I should actually write a story of the girl and the spoons but then decided that art is about interpretation and I would create a title that suggested there was a story but it was up to the viewer to create their own script.


I also won the Storytellers award from a show at Blarney Books in Pt Fairy called “New Life from Old bones” where you bought an old book and made a piece of art based on it, the images or the materials of the book itself.
I bought “Marie Curie” by Eve Curie . I had once owned this book but it was burnt in a fire. I did three pieces based on the book two of which are here.


I have also reformed a number of pieces which were made for specific exhibitions during the year which seemed to feel that my contribution was not needed. Hence most of them get an outing and you get a chance to view more or less the best bits of a years work.
I have also recently retired and am part of an “art morning “where I and a couple of others set aside some time to draw, paint or do whatever is appropriate. Some of the sketches which are also part of this exhibition have come from that.
I certainly am happy with how the show has come together and I hope you enjoy it too.
Good on ya Laurie Collins November 2009.

Untold stories 2009

not a blue world - 2012 (Recycled)
not a blue world
“Not a blue world”
I have done a series of pieces suggesting aspects of our changing world. Some have been to do with global warming and some have been to do with the financial crisis. This piece is a gentle reflection on how do we cope with a world that is nothing like our present one. A long while ago I saw a Gahan Wilson cartoon with a senator and his aide in their office both wearing gasmasks to protect from the pollution and the caption was “ those blasted environmentalist pests to see you again senator”.
I really get the feeling that the main changes are being ignored by shortsighted people ( well I’ll be dead when it all happens) and the real call to action is being overlooked. In times of crisis a leader is needed not just a politician.
bird - 2009 (SOLD)
bird
I must have a bit of a thing about birds and dogs. In the last exhibition there was a dog boy and a bird girl. In a lot of the small pieces bird forms have figured at some stage.
Anyway I wanted to make a large magpie form. I had envisaged the three pieces together and the dog was done first and the bird took a while to get finished. However now he is done I am very happy with his shape and details.
cats - 2009 (SOLD)
cats
cows - 2009 (SOLD)
cows
door in the sky - 2009 (SOLD)
door in the sky
Ladders feature a bit in this show.
When we were at Art Melbourne a man had painted a number of things going on in the sky and this might have been my initial inspiration. However, stories such as Narnia where transition points occur in unusual places also spring to mind and I think I can vaguely recall a science fiction title like that. None of that need have any relevance here as the story so far is untold. I hope it suggests all kinds of possibilities.
father and son 2 - 2009 (SOLD)
father and son 2
I made the first father and son and they were working in opposite directions. This one is more a comment on our similarities. These two characters are box like yet there is still affection and pride . No matter what we look like these things are usually present and this cuts across religions, races and class.
girl and spoons - 2009 (SOLD)
girl and spoons
This was the piece used on the invite..it was one of my first using coloured inks and it sold first thing on opening night
girl on swing( sketch) - 2009 (SOLD)
girl on swing( sketch)
girl on the swing( painting) - 2009 (SOLD)
girl on the swing( painting)
leaving /arriving - 2009 (SOLD)
leaving /arriving
This piece has been recycled from a number of other pieces. The carriage was in “a new direction”( since cut up ) and the girl was part of the “journeys” piece for Inspired) I have joined them to create an image of a girl leaving taking everything that is important to her and once you leave ( which is sort of both negative and positive in feeling), you have to arrive somewhere which hopefully is all positive.
It is a fairly common story but each person it occurs to regards it as an important one
Lift - 2009 (SOLD)
Lift
I had another piece titled Lift in an earlier exhibition and in the “red “ exhibition I did a free floating balloon using this technique.
I then started to think what else could a balloon be used with and I had this large I beam and I combined the pair. I really like the contrast of forms and the illusion of the strength of the balloon still makes me smile. The colour is great too!
Is there a story there…. I think so!
man in cloud( sketch) - 2009 (SOLD)
man in cloud( sketch)
Night Noises - 2009 (SOLD)
Night Noises
Lisa Kurec made a delightful etching called “moonlight” which showed a little girl sitting up in bed and looking out her window at night. My wife loved this piece and said it was just like what she had when she lived at home as a girl in a room with windows on two sides.
I liked the idea but decided that “night noises” would be better as it had the possibility of being scary or calming. Night has such a different effect and I’m sure you will have your own story for this piece.
not a blue world - 2009 (Recycled)
not a blue world
“Not a blue world”
I have done a series of pieces suggesting aspects of our changing world. Some have been to do with global warming and some have been to do with the financial crisis. This piece is a gentle reflection on how do we cope with a world that is nothing like our present one. A long while ago I saw a Gahan Wilson cartoon with a senator and his aide in their office both wearing gasmasks to protect from the pollution and the caption was “ those blasted environmentalist pests to see you again senator”.
I really get the feeling that the main changes are being ignored by shortsighted people ( well I’ll be dead when it all happens) and the real call to action is being overlooked. In times of crisis a leader is needed not just a politician.

This was a really strange piece in that everyone who came to the exhibition completely ignored it. At the end of the exhibition I modified it into a new piece called "Mortgage"
rainbow girl - 2009 (SOLD)
rainbow girl
A girl sitting on a rainbow ( a very un-coloured rainbow as I am such a poor painter!) and she is the centre of attention. The story speaks for itself and probably we all have experienced some version of it!
This one I also broke up into a number of parts and recycled it.
reading girl - 2009 (SOLD)
reading girl
I had the idea for this show of a girl reading to a dog as part of the untold stories theme. It matched the stories part and the combination of the two struck me as a story waiting to be told.
The red dress was initially from the fact I used an old fire extinguisher as her torso and the red seemed appropriate( as I have any number of sketches with girls in red dresses.( I must admit I used the red paint for the “red “ exhibition and I was delighted with the intensity of the colour).
relax - 2009 (SOLD)
relax
In a past year, I did a series of pieces using rocks and I saw this rock ( from Inverloch) and thought it needed a character to react with it. This I obviously the start or end of a story and I think I like the contrast of being in a comfortable pose leaning against something that is inherently not very much of a cushion! Maybe it’s just the message we all need at times that even if the circumstances are not completely favorable we can still take time to stop.( Certainly at this time of year we all look forward to “stopping”.)
Slow Horse 2 - 2009 (SOLD)
Slow Horse 2
Slow horse is basically a full sized horse that is made from recycled metal “junk” some of which has a relationship to a horse and its uses.
It has 4 horseshoes, a pack rack suggesting a pack horse , plough discs as the base reminding that horses were used for ploughing, bike parts and car parts reflecting what has replaced it as the main form of transport.
The horse is standing, patiently waiting, and it is see through suggesting it is fading into history. I made this piece for the Rosalind Meadmore gallery show of “Horses for Courses”. I was very pleased with its form and I liked choosing all the bits to fill it up. Does it fit the theme…. maybe, but I did want to show it to a wider audience so here it is
Struggle - 2009 (SOLD)
Struggle
This piece was originally for a show at Pt Fairy called “New life from old Bones” where you bought an old book and made a piece of art based on it, the images or the materials of the book itself.
I bought Marie Curie by Eve Curie . I had once owned this book but it was burnt in a fire. I did three pieces based on the book two of which are here.
This piece is called “Struggle “and shows Marie the student being so cold in her garret that she went to bed with all her clothes on and then placed a chair on top to hopefully create more pressure and warmth.
I feel that it still fits the theme of the show in that the story is now almost forgotten and yet she really was an amazing character.
Table setting - 2009
Table setting
Table Setting was made originally for the Fringe Furniture Show. The theme this year was silver and I put in two pieces. This was the first, where I used”silver ware” to make a table using the forms as decorative elements. It really has only had the one outing so I thought it would more or less fit the theme of this exhibition.It certainly provokes a story
The bath - 2009 (SOLD)
The bath
The bath was a further exploration of the joys of steel wool... well stainless steel wool.. the dog is part of the story.. and where he fits.. well that part is for you to consider
the girl on the swing - 2009 (SOLD)
the girl on the swing
Again a child hood aspect similar to the slide piece. ( why is it older folk think back to their childhood?)
I did a swing piece for one of my earlier shows and I liked the imagery. I still remember the feel of being able to create movement and there was similar release/ freedom and yet support by the chains that held the swing from going too far.( And I never did make it swing far enough to go completely over the bar). Magic stuff and so simple.
The girl who reached the moon - 2009 (SOLD)
The girl who reached the moon
We went and saw an exhibition by Augustine D’allava and he had made beautiful ladders as part of abstract compositions. I have made quite a few pieces using ladders as part of the composition and it reminded me of the feeling as a child that if you just got on the roof you could get to the moon. Is there a story of this? There should be.
the letter - 2009 (SOLD)
the letter
the man in the moon - 2009 (SOLD)
the man in the moon
My wife just told me that she tried to reach the moon and fell off the garbage can and broke her elbow. As I commented in “the girl who reached the moon”, I loved Augustine Dallava’s ladders. This is a very different scale and to a very different purpose and the feeling of distance I think works well. In looking for a picture for this writeup there are lots of ladders to the moon on the internet. In thinking about this piece, I reckon I heark back to a few cartoons of my childhood where this was a fairly common idea. None the less it does create a story which can go in lots of directions and I am pleased that I have made it “ 3-D”
Wheeler dealer - 2009 (Recycled)
Wheeler dealer
I originally made a bridge form( the base of this piece) that sat on a mirror and created a hexagon in reflection. It was on show at a winery but the mirror got broken. It looked a bit pathetic so I re-thought about it created a top part with lots of wheel forms( some of which move) and added the bow tie. It’s a lot bigger and more robust now and its new title suits it well.
I also broke up this piece and created Tandem and Hexagon from the pieces