Yep! summer in Australia is pretty hot, fire hot. Like a sweatlodge without the steam! Bush Fires are everywhere. Not far from this beautiful Artshack of mine actually, 13 km away. We put a nice big protection dome on this property, the rest belongs to the universe.
My hosts Mary France and Tony are the most kind, generous and entertaining friends. We go from white sand beaches to Music Fests, to aqua aerobic classes, morning walks, happy hours and visits to local markets.
My first week has been full. I have now started my art practice in the most charming studio above the valley of songbirds, parrots, kukkaburras and exotic trees.
Its a beautiful open space with 2 covered patios for working outside on the pieces i will present at HOTA (home of the arts) in Gold Coast in december.
I found it very hard to work with elements of the natural world without knowledge of plants around here. So i am studying and researching properties so i can build a sculpture with the right native plants and trees. I want to make string, build the skeleton with vine and branches. They have to be the right kind.
I also worked on a paper piece, part cyanotype, part drawing with yarn, just like the way the Cree taught me, with a simple chain point, to create the effects of relief and texture.
The concept tells the story of my native ancestors, nomads, travelling and living along the st laurence river, river of life. The river is represented by a long seaweed i collected in Charlevoix, exposed on watercolor paper, under the sunlight on a bright july summer day.
I love this place, a land of extremes. Vegetation and birds never cease to amaze me, As the landscapes walk me through their peculiar realities, my awareness is being vitalized as my head spins with wonder and my eyes try to keep track of the motions and marvels on the way.
Australians, once you get a hang of the different accent, are fascinating, exhuberant and wild. I find its easy to get along, feels like another Canada with a different perfume and dangerous wildlife. This place smells like frangipani flowers, camphor, and smoke, very smoky.