Living on a small island can be both idyllic and hugely frustrating. On the one hand it’s glorious living by the sea with nothing more than a 20 minute drive away and having a friendly, arty and spiritual community close to hand. On the other as an artist I cant readily find the materials I need here. There is no dedicated art shop on the island (gap in the market, considering how many artists there are here !). The nearest and best being in Mosta, on Malta proper, a bit of a hike if you need only one thing. Delivery requires a minimum spend not to mention you have to wait up to two weeks for it ……hmmm. Ordering online also has its drawbacks and many companies won’t even deliver to Malta !
Soooooo my immediate problem is finding suitable paper on which to Lino print. I absolutely love the process of Lino printing. The original design, the having to consider a reverse image, cutting the Lino is just so absorbing, the tweaking of cuts once the first print has been made and the joy of all the hard work coming together in a good print. EXCEPT I am having real problems getting a consistently good print. I think it’s down to not having the right paper but also this hot weather is drying the ink quickly and therefore not getting good coverage.
Determined to get it right I shall persevere and hope I can get to Malta in the next week or so .
Mgarr Harbour with my dog Raffi sitting by some lobster pots.
I was was recently invited to revisit some work purchased last year by a customer and now friend. It’s always lovely to see my work hanging in a home as part of day to day living. Kevin has a beautifully restored farmhouse and both works look so comfortable in their surroundings.
The long prayer flag like piece was part of my exhibition ‘Songs of the Earth’ last July at the Citadel. The collection was inspired by the fabric of Gozo. The landscape, earth, stone and ancient history are a constant source of interest to me and were the basis of this exploration into large scale mark- making. The earth bubbling up it’s songs. People are drawn to Gozo for a reason…listen for your song. This theme has a hold on me and I carried it on into this years exhibition although the visuals were quite different.
The colours work so well on the old stone walls !
This piece is called Indira’s Net. A reference to the Buddhist belief that we and indeed everything in the universe are connected by a web of vibrations. The washed up rope and collections of shells, hag stones and flotsam and jetsam were found at Xatt L’Ahmar. Kevin has it welcoming his guests into the house. How lovely.
There is one remaining piece from that show which is now hanging in the ‘Upstairs Gallery’ in Victoria along side some of my more commercial work.
The gallery is situated just off St George’s Sq. Run by Paul Singleton and his sister Valerie (an outstanding milliner), you will find a wonderful selection of Paul’s beautiful wood turned pieces and olive furniture, Valerie’s work and show casing a few other local artists. A really lovely addition to the art scene on Gozo.
Some of Petra’s Gozo Churches. Collage and paint on found wood. Also unframed collages on paper…easy to take in those tiny cabin bags !
Studio 38 is open is now in Summer time ! 9.30am til 3pm . Sometimes a little outside these hours.
I will I’ll be having a ‘stall’ at this Fayre on Saturday, show casing some of my smaller pieces. A selection of my medicine women, small scale intuitive paintings on card and driftwood and some of the ever popular fish on driftwood ! Really just a selection of what is on offer in the studio.
There is always an interesting mix of stalls, see below for details, and hope to see you there.
Another medicine woman has found a new home and is winging her way to a new country. A couple of spaces have had to be re filled with work that couldn’t be hung initially, which is very pleasing. The exhibition runs until 30th June open daily from 9-3 at the Citadel Cultural Centre. Paul Singleton and Ed Roberts also have exhibitions running next door to mine, so lots to look at ! Ed is also doing some painting up there and encourages visitors to have a go…..great opportunity to paint on a large canvas.
It seems I have been working towards this exhibition for ever…. It has been a year in the making and everything is now all set for tomorrow.
So much time is invested in the thought process and how it can develop over the period of twelve months. Although the concept I started with is still there, the finished pieces have changed a fair bit. I don’t much like titles for an exhibition, but it does help to focus the mind on one subject. Time and Place is my thought process for this show. My place on this Island and the time is recorded for each piece.
Gozo is unique, not only in its history but it’s place geographically. It has been invaded by many civilisations and they have all left their mark in some way….including the present day inhabitants. This Island is very much a healing place and people find themselves drawn here, sometimes without realising why. I am one of those whose life has been enhanced greatly by my time here, and slowly slowly I am beginning to understand why. Many come to be healed, a pilgrimage for people for millennia. The substructure is that of crystal, in particular Selenite. A crystal revered for its healing properties and ability to calm the mind. Ley Lines crisscrossing their way around the word meet here and form a grid over the islands. A very special place indeed.
Therefore my thought process wound it’s way through these ideas. I made collections of shells and driftwood, my terrace resembling a mad shamans grotto in no time. Thoughts led to ancient nomadic people finding their way across Africa and into Europe using Malta and Gozo as stepping stones, bringing their healing traditions with them. Beautiful Matriarchal tribes of medicine women wearing turbans to protect from the sun and striking tattoos etched in their faces. They too gather sacred talisman and amulets offering protection and guidance. Healers are still abundant on Gozo.
Painting intuitively is at the forefront of my work. I like to make paintbrushes from objects I find on walks. Which allows me to be more creative and less structured. A freedom in what I do is important. This has progressed into workshops where I can encourage others to explore and be creative in a very freeing way.