a little piece of home {new art}…

last saturday i finally persuaded my other half to accompany me to pick up some artwork which i’d long-since dropped off for framing…

we picked up two pieces, one of which i thought i’d share with you today…

a nomadic abode

this piece, entitled bush medicine dreaming by aboriginal artist jeannie petyarre, was a birthday present from my mum…

i’d be lying if i claimed to be even notionally educated in the nuances of aboriginal art {though i did find this article interesting}: like anything else, i simply buy what i love…

a nomadic abode

& i love this…

but aboriginal art wasn’t always my thing…

growing up in brisbane in the 70s & 80s {ie, long before the internet}, aboriginal artwork for me meant one of two things: either cave art in bold, earthy colours depicting scenes of daily life {eg, hunting, etc}, or brightly-painted native animals &/or landscapes adorning boomerangs, didgeridoos, teatowels, ashtrays & other such touristic souvenirs…

both well & good, just not my cup of tea…

but then, many years later, my whole perspective changed…

i came across an article in an interiors magazine where the home owner had installed a giant black & white aboriginal painting into his seaside home…

i remember it distinctly: there was such simplicity in the individual brush strokes & yet combined they made the whole canvas come alive with an energy & sense of movement akin to a swathe of fabric billowing back & forth in a gentle breeze…

i never knew this genre of artwork could be so subtle & yet so powerful: i was mesmerised & vowed to one day track down something similar…

& eventually i did: hailing from the utopia region in central australia, jeannie petyarre‘s paintings primarily focus around a variety of local leaves used in traditional bush medicines…

her work is both simple & striking & captures the very essence of everything i loved about that first black & white canvas i fell in love with all those years ago…

a nomadic abode

as my canvas is relatively small {only 60cm x 60cm}, i decided to give it a little more presence {& simultaneously protect it from the inevitable deluge of knocks, drops & beatings it will have to endure in my home} & had it framed in a tray setting…

the original canvas is stretched around a wooden frame & this, in turn, is then mounted inside a second, outer frame: a small gutter {approx. 1-2cm} between the canvas and outer wooden frame gives the appearance that the artwork is actually floating inside…

one day i hope to add to my budding collection of aboriginal art, but for now this canvas has already been elevated to one of my favourite pieces in our home…

well worth the wait!

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10 thoughts on “a little piece of home {new art}…

  1. Stunning piece and you totally did it justice with the framing. I get the sense that we’re much alike (hope that doesn’t freak you out too much!) in that my relationship with aboriginal art is much the same as yours. I could see myself liking pieces of the paintings you describe rather than the whole thing. But this! This is simply gorgeous.

    And now I’ll try to stop swooning over all that gorgeous light in your living room! 😉

    • haha! don’t worry lauren, it takes a bit to freak me out! but i know how you feel, i always feel like suzi stalker when i leave such comments too! doesn’t stop me though 😉 & yes, i can definitely see me collecting more of this lady’s art… it’s even more lovely in the flesh!

  2. gorgeous! i love this. there are some amazing ads on imparja tv at the moment. i think there is a new wave of contemporary aboriginal art. xx

    • thanks leah… i dare say there is a new wave! some of the colours i have seen lately really break away from tradition & bring this art form a whole new audience! more than happy to be a recipient!

    • thanks doris… it’s enjoying its new home! & i get to look at it each & every day so the joy is reciprocated! 😉

  3. Oh that’s amazing. I love how you’ve framed it as well – inspiring! It looks perfect in your space – I bet you stop to stare for a while every time you pass it 😉 xx

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