Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 381

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 394
isiiad - Lorenna Grant-Artist in Residence at Laughing Waters.

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 326

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 339

Lorenna Grant- Artist in Residence at Laughing Waters

Laughing_Waters_leaves_s

I really want to convey the experience that I had visiting Lorenna Grant.  She's the latest Artist in Residence at Laughing Waters near Eltham. In the couple of hours I was there, I had a very tiny taste of the environment that residency offers. I had no idea how special it would be. Getting there was a real test of my navigational skills. Dirt tracks and the absence of numbers on gates all added to the challenge. I was pretty relieved when I found it at last. It was a cold grey day so my eyes were immediately drawn to the blazing open fire visible through the front doors and windows of the house, designed by the legendary Alistair Knox.  After a quick warm by the fire, the audible sound of 'laughing water' courtesy of the Yarra River, drew me outside.  Aaah, the fresh air, the birds, that amplified sound of water over rocks- aptly named...just magic!  A landscape unsullied by buildings and roads.  

Laughing_Waters_view_1_s

Laughing_Waters_view_2_s

Once I'd had my fill of the laughing water, I settled in beside the fire with a nice cup of tea. I heard from Lorenna (below) about days devoid of TV and radio.  About early mornings enjoyed with a cup of tea in bed while writing for an hour and a half. About not being bored...once...during the weeks she has been there. (I found myself silently wondering where I sign up and if writing a daily blog about that experience would qualify.) Then of course, ultimately about the work she's been moved to create while she's been there.   

Lorenna_Grant_Portrait_s

She often doesn't see another human being for days on end.  It's clear though that the absence of people has made space for Lorenna to connect with nature in a very significant way.  It's not surprising therefore that the work she's doing is all about the environment. About her deeply felt sense of connectedness with the literal core of the universe. This sublime dress (below) is a work in progress that uses leaves from the surrounding environment. Lorenna has collected thousands of leaves, eaten by micro organisms so that the leaf skeleton is all that remains. She thinks of them as leaf lingerie. They are indeed beautiful in their own right, but by cleverly gluing them together she has created a dress worthy of the lovely Kate Middleton. An ephemeral sculpture of great beauty. Other works are coming into being but Lorenna says that most of all, this experience has been so deep and abiding that it will stay with her and inform her work even when she's not there. 

Laughing_Waters_leaves_2_s

Lorenna_Grant_Leaf_dress_s

Lorenna_Grant_1_s

A mask, titled,  "Belief is a Tick."

Lorenna expressed heartfelt gratitude for the Nillumbik Shire for their preparedness to offer this unique residency, for artists to go deeply into themselves within a nourishing environment. She regards that as one of the greatest gifts anyone can give another human being.  If you're interested in applying for this life altering residency, contact the Nillumbik Shire through their website.

Lorenna will be the guest presenter at the Red Chair event on Wednesday 1st of June held at the Barn at Montsalvat at 7pm.  To book please contact Montsalvat.

For more information about Lorenna, go to her website.


Parent Category: Arts
Facebook Image

Congratulations Nerina Lascelles

Congratulations Nerina Lascelles! Long-Leaf Box Nerina Lascelles© (Winner of 2011 Nillumbik Prize Peoples Choice Award) Late last night an email came through letting me know that… More…

Strathewen Letterboxes

Strathewen Letterboxes Look what I spied on the way to The Chook Project in Strathewen. I just had to share them with you. These letterboxes certainly brightened up my day.… More…

May Red Chair Event

May Red Chair Event- Lorenna Grant You could hear a pin drop in the Barn at Montsalvat as Lorenna Grant spoke about her work and her experience of the residency at Laughing… More…

Kate Hudson- Fourfold

Kate Hudson- Fourfold Thankfully, The Light Factory Gallery is back in business after experiencing significant damage during the heavy rain at Christmas time. Their latest… More…

Launch of The First Train to Allwood

Launch of The First Train to Allwood at The Wattle Festival What better place to launch the local yarn bombing spectacular - The First Train to Allwood - than at the 2012… More…

Ekphrasis Awards-2

Ekphrasis Awards Simon Icarus BAIGENT Caviar Spoon 1995 gold, ebony, mother of pearl, diamond, ruby 0.5cm x 5.5cm x 2.0cm ©Simon Icarus Baigent (Photo by Silvi Glattauer)… More…

Stephanie Mew (2)

Stephanie Mew (2) I've come across a great publication, "Creative Spaces. 21 Years of Nillumbik Artists Open Studios." If you can get your hands on a copy before you see the… More…

First Train to Allwood

First Train to Allwood "The first train to Allwood [now Hurstbridge] arrived on June 25th 1912 and we're going to yarnbomb a fence to celebrate". So say the organisers of this… More…

Ona Henderson and Syd Tunn

Ona Henderson and Syd Tunn Syd Tunn © I Dips Me Lid. A self portrait (detail) There's magic in the air at Bend of Islands, just north of Warrandyte. The magicians responsible are… More…

Deborah Halpern- Angel maker

Deborah Halpern- Angel Maker Deborah Halpern's 'Angel' now stands by the Yarra River at Birrarung Mar, next to the Ian Potter Gallery. I'm old enough to remember her first home,… More…

Shaaron Smith

Shaaron Smith I'd need seven extra days a week to cover all of the studios in the Nillumbik Open Studios, so I went through their publication and chose three or four that… More…

Birrarung Alchemy

Birrarung Alchemy There’s a howling wind today. Just now a big branch came loose from its trunk mooring and thundered onto the roof, threatening the structure of the house and by… More…

Steampunk

Steampunk You could be excused for thinking these pics were taken on the set of a movie about the life and times of Jules Verne. In fact they were taken at an event called… More…

Jessie Pittard

Jessie Pittard Jessie Pittard© "Feast" Woodblock print on Japanese rice paper. (detail) When I walked into the Nillumbik Artist's Open Studios exhibition in the Barn at… More…

Nillumbik Open Studios in November

Nillumbik Artist's Open Studios in November Detail of work by Stephanie Mew. Time to get your diary out and mark two weekends in November for some serious 'studio hopping'.… More…

Barbara Hauser's "London Carnival"

Barbara Hauser's "London Carnival" (Detail) Big, gutsy, unforgettable work! Pictures don't adequately show the scale and the impact of Barbara Hauser's work. Their size represents… More…

Kaya Storm - Open Studios

Kaya Storm This is where it all begins... Photograph by Kerry Cross Best word to describe this work is elegant. Simple sculptural shapes made from simple materials with… More…

Margaret Summerton

Margaret Summerton Phew...what a woman...energetic, smart as paint, extremely personable and an artist too. Five minutes with Margaret Summerton and I understood why she is the… More…

Ev Hales-A Work in Progress

Ev Hales-A Work in Progress Yesterday saw the launch of Ev Hales eagerly anticipated, self published book "A Work in Progress". As the name suggests, it illuminates the process… More…

Ev Hales-Static Motion

Ev Hales-Static Motion I sometimes worry that there's something wrong with me. I get so excited by the artwork that I've seen that I can't stop thinking about it...Perhaps I need… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.