Thursday, October 07, 2010


                                                                      Remembering The Reason Why Oil on linen 100 x 70 cm

I have finished the painting I mentioned in my post 'Spinny'. The woman, whose body is created with small trees...[tree of lifes], is placed amidst a tapestry of multi coloured trees, as if all volume and space hold the same energy.

In my post 'Spinny' I mentioned my memories of the spinnies of sheoaks I planted in my Goondiwindi garden. I reminisced about the whistling 'songs' made as the wind traveled through the thin leaves. To me, it was a reminder that unseen energy forces can be sensed in other ways, if only we are prepared to feel, listen and see with our imaginations.

So, with this new painting, a number of thoughts have come together. I wanted to create an image which showed the human body as an intrinsic part of a much larger energy and force. So, whilst the body is painted with essentially one colour trees, these are seen as small versions of the multi coloured cascading tree. I wanted to give a sense that nothing is disconnected. I wanted to fill space with the promise of some kind of primordial template. Thus, the tree is my much loved transcultural/religious tree-of-life. Its primordial essence is provoking in a way which urges us to look, see, listen, imagine and remember.

When I say remember, I mean a kind of remembering which rustles our DNA, which pokes our subconscious, which hints at ageless knowings. I think the tree-of-life provides us with secrets which we know, but don't necessarily realise. Its vascular-like manifestation with branches, twigs, leaves, roots and so on, suggest an ultimate system, a core masterplan, a memory of all and possible systems and conduits...

I have painted a female because...well...I am female. She is long and lean...a bit like me. So, I hope no-one says she anorexic or not typical of most women! But back to being serious...the remembering concept in the title Remembering The Reason Why reminds us to listen for, to see, and to re-know Mother...Mother Earth...the essential feminine force of a Divine Mother...the Sacred Heavenly Mother. We have all been physically connected to Mother, via the umbilical cord. This vascular connection gives us a physical experience of connection, but it also provides us with other knowledge which stirs memories of primordial and universal systems.

I've written about the Sacred Feminine are some links to earlier posts:

Opens tomorrow...Friday 8 october, St. John's Cathedral, 373 Ann St, Brisbane. 6-8pm
The exhibition is themed on the Millenium Development Goals.
Check out pages 22-23 where my painting Shared Destinies has been reproduced.

Also check out my website 'gallery' B Aware  where I have uploaded images of the 5 paintings selected for the B Aware exhibition.



Audubon Ron said...

I really like this series.

Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox said...

Thank you Ron. I have another in progress...more of my vortex inspiration.