Saturday, August 06, 2016


Two Worlds Gouache on paper 30 x 42 cm 2016

On the 9th of August 2006 I wrote my first BLOG post. I have written a post once a week since then. That's 10 years this month - August 2016! 

The first painting Wonderful Possibility was uploaded on the 10th August 2006. And, here it is again below. This is what I wrote about the painting When I painted this painting my thoughts were about the abundance within our earth and the majesty of the Universe. I ask myself why is so much possibility squandered by focusing on differences when all peoples of the world share history/time.

It's 10 years since I wrote those words, but has much changed? Yes and no. 'Yes', to advances in technology. 'No' to the squandering of possibility, focusing on differences and ignoring that we all share the planet, history and time...and thus we should really get along with each other, because [for the time being] there is no other 'home' for us.  


In 2006 my tree-of-life, embedded within the Earth in Wonderful Possibility signified possibility, connectivity, hidden energy forces, the expansive nature of life. My interpretation of the tree-of-life is a continuous presence in my paintings, either as a cascading element, as in Wonderful Possibility, or as a beacon or signal for life. It acts as a beacon in one of my latest works on paper [above] Two Worlds 

Wonderful Possibility Oil on linen 120 x 160 2005

I've chosen Two Worlds for this post, because I feel that it represents one of the biggest changes that has occurred in the last 10 years...the feeling that we a are living in...two worlds.  

When I painted Two Worlds I was thinking about how digital technology has created almost another universe where algorithms reign - where data is monitored and stored - where connectivity is about devices rather than us - where digital profiles can go on existing long after we die - and more. In this painting the drone, representing a kind of Big Brother element as well as its military intent, is scoping - monitoring - perhaps targeting. Is Big Brother targeting you to sell you insurance, hamburgers, clothes or something else - OR - is the 'eye in the sky' targeting you to kill you? 

In Two Worlds a drone is scoping, but it seems to miss picking up on the nuances of life. 

Both paintings are landscapes or what I like to call 'cosmic landscapes'. I have a quest to un-tether landscape from Earth-bound horizons. Why? To force new perspectives that take into account our universal environment - to perhaps make it obvious, that for the time being, Earth is our home - situated in a universal environment that, as yet, has not offered us any real alternative. 

Perspective, in all its literal and metaphoric possibilities, is a key element in my work.



In late 2014 I received a request from the State Library of Queensland to have my BLOG archived n perpetuity on PANDORA the national archive of online sites of significance and ongoing research value. Needless to say I was delighted to have been acknowledged. 



Sharon Jewell said...

Thankyou for this Kathryn. The message is earnest and unarguable, and the paintings very beautiful. Happy anniversary

Kathryn Brimblecombe-Fox said...

Sharon, thank you so very much for commenting and your well wishes.