This funny little painting emerged while listening to some nice reggae and dub tunes late one night, and imagining life in seventies Jamaica.
Lane Cove Council commissioned this site-specific artwork that has, excitingly, been printed and installed as a mural across a 180-metre long wall. The design was inspired by research into the history of Lane Cove, an area rich in natural beauty—lovely green bushland rolls down to a glittering blue river and coves. I wanted to reflect some of this bountiful vibrancy in my work, to impart a sense of joy and playfulness as viewers stroll by.
The title for this piece, Song of a Little Bird That Fell in Love with a Whale, is a lyric from the hauntingly beautiful Tom Waits song Fish & Bird. In essence, the song is about loving one another, even if we each live in different worlds that we may not quite understand.
TESTIMONIAL, 22 September, 2017
– Andie Tickner
Project Director, Fostered
Here's a snap of the painting I completed today for my upcoming exhibition at NRCG. It is called Longing.
I've so been enjoying painting this mural for young physiotherapy patients in the new Byron Central Hospital. This one is in the Paediatric Gym: a place where little ones go to bend and stretch and heal broken bones. It's nice to think of children getting inspired to heal so they can walk over to the bear or reach up for the giraffe.
I'm enjoying watching this whale emerge onto the paper in a spontaneous arrangement of blue, teal and lilac shapes. I wonder what it is about curves that so appeals to my eye, especially curves that first move in one direction and then arc back in the other on a counter-curve.
A good counter-curve elicits joyous somatic memories of dancing, waist and hips moving in rhythm. A counter-curve brings it all back home: first out, then in... up/down... action/reaction. I guess it's about balance, and the sense of harmony balance brings.
Curved shapes speak to me of flowing liquid, the outlines of leaves, the shape of baby animals and other benevolent things. They're the smooth opposite to jagged glitches, sharp spikes, and the abundance of unforgiving straight lines in our built environment.
With curves there's fluid movement. It tastes like honey and sounds like water running over rocks.
This newer style of painting actually started out as concepts for glass sculptures I plan to make one day.