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Active poetry

I am home again from a  Sydney trip. We spent a wonderful day at Cockatoo Island, viewing the art currently installed there as part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney. What a unique place with industrial and convict history all mixed together with some amazing contemporary art.

Ewa Partum - cockatoo island - active poetry

Photogrpah of the work of Ewa Partum at Cockatoo Island 2012

I found these paper letters in the convict courtyard – remnants  of Ewa Partum’s Ways to Roverto.  Ewa is a Polish born feminist artist known, among other things, for her ‘active poetry’. Her active poetry installations are designed to create poems shaped by coincidence. I just loved finding these paper letters on the ground.
On the subject of active poetry I found a book in Sydney at the library titled Calligraphy – A Book of Contemporary Inspiration by Denise Lach. It features beautiful, abstract, organic calligraphy inspired by natural forms and I’d love to own a copy!
While I was in Sydney I stocked up on art supplies and ideas for TRIO, a forthcoming exhibition which will be a part of Milton Ulladulla Art Fest in September. This year my friend and colleague Sharon Armstead and I will join with textile artist Susan Curran to put on the exhibition at Bunya Antiques in Milton. The new venue is much larger than our previous spaces and opens up a whole lot of new possibilities for ‘branching out’ which is the theme of this year’s festival.  I have already put together a few pieces and this weekend I plan to devote time to creating more.

sandy aureli - upsidedown waterfall

Sandy Aureli. Textas on paper.

Here is an extraordinary drawing made by Sandy at our journal group this week. It is a meditation on ‘enjoyment’ and she says it reminds her of an upside down waterfall. My photograph doesn’t do justice to the vibrancy of her artwork.


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This entry was posted on August 5, 2012 by in Art, Bookmaking, Journals, My Workshops, Print making.

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