I love the expressiveness of hands and use them here to metaphorically express the similarity between the challenges of our endeavours and the flow of rivers. Life is never a straight forward path. We reach forward but are faced with continual obstacles. To overcome them and reach our destination, we decide directions, learn what works and what doesn’t, try this way, then that way; reach for help or offer ours to others in turn. Persistence prevailing, incrementally we find our way.
Water flows seemingly gently, without impact yet with time can cut its way through mountains. The visual metaphor of strength and determination from something so fluid as a river inevitably reaching its destination, meandering around obstacles offers both poignant inspiration and parable to remember.
Water here is represented by the delicate, mere 8gsm Japanese handmade, translucent Kozo tissue. The hands are of French, BKF Rieves 300gsm (NOT) cotton paper. Background is Arches 300gsm hot pressed cotton paper. Framed in solid timber, limed satin varnish with acrylic glazing
2022- Accepted for ART FLUENT, Boston, MA online exhibit “WITHIN” and Director’s Choice Prize
Winner People’s Choice Prize|National Works on Paper / Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery 2018.