Bunyarra Creative Collective
Back to Balance – Elemental Energy : Aboriginal perspectives of Global Warming
Artist Creative Process
I have had a career as an artist that spans 40 years, working in a variety of genres: primarily in textiles. My experience in sculptural works has afforded me the opportunity to be represented in several sculpture shows, including 3 SWELL SCULPTURE SHOWS, many Byron Bay Writers Festival Sculpture shows, and being selected 3 times to create an entrance sculpture for the BBWF. This proposed collaborative project with the Bunyarra Creative Collective, arose from working together over the past 6 months, on a variety of textile techniques designed to augment and individualise dance costumes for the group. During this time, I have had the privilege of sharing my knowledge with this inspirational group of "Deadly" women, and men. The opportunity to create a set of flags as a vehicle for story-telling during this festival, is a great way to get the collectives' extraordinary artistic talent, out there.
A team of local Aboriginal artists from Bunyarra Culture Collective will work under the guidance of Anne Leon to create a series of pennant flags, 3 metres long (16 flags). The pennant flags will be installed on 6 metre bamboo poles. The flags will be created employing the medium of hand painted silk. Each flag will contribute to telling the story of the Aboriginal perspectives of Global Warming and its impact on the earth and all of us. The elements are out of balance and our artwork will represent our journey from harmony to chaos and back to balance again. Working with colour and symbolism to reflect traditional story telling elements combined with modern medium and vibrant colours of silk painting, this collaboration will explore the global crisis of our life time. The pennant flags will form a visual expression for Bunyarra Culture Collective to present traditional and contemporary storytelling, through painted silk, flying in the breeze, for the duration of the music festival.
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Sculpture Photography: John Walters