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Isiiad (I saw it in a dream) is an arts and design blog. It is centred in Warrandyte and the surrounding Yarra Valley but will go where ever my creative spirit takes me… so Warrandyte to the world. Creator and blog owner is Jeannette Davison.

Mike Emmett's 32x32 and Bec Jones' Mono.

NB. To make sense of this work...get the image up on your computer, and walk back ten paces...then voila!

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I'm bumping into more and more artists who choose photography to express their creativity.  Mike Emmett is one such artist.  His current exhibition, 32x32 at Healesville Contemporary Art Space is the result of many years of looking, photographing and 'playing' with images. He loves the narrative in photographs...he is looking for it all of the time. Several are woven into this exhibition.  They include narratives of childhood memories, landscapes and nudes.

The process of creating these limited edition photographs is a 'trade secret'.  Suffice to say that he reduced each image to 32 squares of colour and tone across, by 32 squares down, hence the name.

He loves that the viewer needs to interact with the work physically, by walking back to find the best vantage point, where all of those 1024 squares begin to make sense.

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He shares the exhibition with his colleague Bec Jones whose delicate detailed black and white photographs on handmade paper provide a great counterpoint to Mikes pared down images.

You'll know by now that I'm fascinated by artists creative process.  Here's a description of Mike Emmett's... As a very well known, successful local commercial photographer, Mike is required to take photographs according to the clients' brief. He's good at it. There's no shortage of work but every time he goes out on a job he brings something home for himself...Often just one image that the client hasn't asked for...one that has the creative potential an artist is always on the look out for.  It keeps his creative 'muscle' alive and I'll guarantee enhances his commercial work. The two photographs below exemplify this beautifully.

This wedding shot was one required by the client... (fabulous and broody thanks to the impending weather event)

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Below is the shot that Mike took just for himself...The light fell naturally, illuminating the wedding rings that had been passed around for the guests to see. The body language of the couple had me immediately imagining their story.  There's a whole novel in that exquisitely realised photograph...the narrative that Mike is so passionately interested in. 

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Mike is a director of the well known Yarra Valley design agency, Red Fish Blue Fish Creative.

All work in this post is ©Mike Emmett and is published with the permission of the artist.

In addition to showcasing the work of local artists, Healesville Contemporary Art Space offers great food and coffee to the intrepid art lover.  Go on... pop this exhibition in your diary marked...A Day In the Country...you know you want to!

 


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Special Offer...Free Tickets to Art Melbourne

Isiiad is offering free tickets to Art Melbourne Friday 25th May, for two lucky people.

To enter...go to Isiiad's facebook page...if you haven't already 'liked' the Isiiad page, make sure you 'like' the page first by clicking on the icon at the top then simply leave a message under the Special Offer saying why you would like to attend Art Melbourne.  Comments are open until midday on Wednesday 23rd May and the winner will be announced after 5pm that day. The winner will be notified via facebook. 

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Art Melbourne is an enormous art fair right in the heart of Melbourne. It runs from Thursday 24th May to 27th May. In addition to offering the work of local and international artists, art lovers can enjoy,
Educational art talks, printmaking demonstrations, live entertainment and a diverse range of galleries and artists on site, [it] creates the perfect environment to discover the art world without feeling intimidated. (copied from the Art Melbourne website)

One of the Yarra Valley Open Studios artists, Ember Fairbairn has been selected to exhibit this year. Isiiad featured Ember's work last year, in the leadup to the YVOS. 

Her daily spiritual practice is entwined in her arts practice, incorporating meditation and present centredness in the making of her sublime images. 

In describing her work for Art Melbourne she said,
"...it's mysterious...my latest body of work is a  combination of things.  It is the water of nature reflected as the water element of our bodies, the yin principle that nurtures and sustains our life and wellbeing.  The need to also observe emotion as water- allowing it to move and flow just as nature does. Letting it spill forth, towards or away, always seeking the lowest point.  The work often abstractly expresses what can't be spoken, in the act of making the mark spontaneously and being fully present to the process,  which is simply 'being' rather than 'doing' or 'thinking' and also being faithful to that simple truth that some spark of the magic of life or essence wants to be expressed."

What results from this process is breathtakingly beautiful images that allow you into the soul of the painter for a brief captivating moment.
 
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You can see Ember's work at Art Melbourne.  Don't forget to leave a comment on Isiiad's facebook page for the chance to win two free tickets. 
All work in this post is ©Ember Fairbairn

Updated 25th May 2012.
Isiiad announces that Veronique Smith was the winner the Special Offer of two complementary tickets to Art Melbourne this evening. Word on the street says that Goyte is making an appearance this evening. Veronique, Isiiad hopes that Art Melbourne provides nourishment for your obvious passion for the arts.

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Raelene Sharp and that Archibald Packing Room Prize

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Raelene Sharp,  A strength of character, oil on canvas, 132 x 132cm. ©Raelene Sharp Winner of the Archibald Packing Room Prize 2012 and Archibald Finalist 2012

Raelene Sharp and John Wood, both demonstrate a strength of character.  John Wood is Melbourne acting royalty. His career has spanned the small screen and stage. He has played characters as diverse as Sir Toby Belch in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Sr. Sgt. Tom Croydon in the long running Australian television series Blue Heelers. In 2006 he won the Gold Logie for Most Popular Personality on Australian Television after being nominated each year for the previous 10 years.  On accepting the award, John famously said,  "Too much, too soon."

With this portrait, Raelene Sharp has captured the depth of character of a much loved Australian actor, in the most heartwarming way...no wonder the Archibald Packers chose this painting. The Packer's choice is as much a tribute to John Wood as it is a tribute to Raelene Sharp for her ability to 'capture' him in paint on canvas.

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Raelene Sharp© A Woman's Lot (self-portrait), 2005 oil on canvas, 152 x122cm.

Talking to Raelene Sharp at her home and studio in Yarra Glen, I discovered not only a very accomplished portrait painter but also a mother, a wife and a daughter, determined to  follow her creative path among the challenges of family commitments. (No mean feat for any artist.) The moment I saw her self portrait, A Woman's Lot, I recognized her acute self awareness and her ability to capture her own essence.  This painting was the winner of her first significant portrait prize-  the $30,000 Shirley Hannan National Portrait Prize in 2006.  In it, she sits in the spotlight with the demands of family directed toward her. She is protective but resolute, with eyes displaying the compassion of the open hearted humanitarian so evident during our short time together. You can see and feel her 'strengh of character' in this work.

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She is presently working on a series of paintings, with one of her beloved daughters the subject. In the first of these works, Raelene's ability to observe the complexities of the human condition is once more immediately evident.  The work almost brought me to tears. 

Raelene is a member of a group of six painters known as  Fusion6.  She is also a participant in the Yarra Valley Open Studios.  I first encountered her work after a workshop she conducted at Acme et al last year. 

There's a little frisson bubbling up in the Yarra Valley with the 2012 Archibald Prize on it's way to TarraWarra Museum of Art in early June.  You will have the pleasure of seeing Raelene's work alongside the other shortlisted works then. You can make a booking online at TWMA's website.




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