Large scale drawings are my most cherished and passionate way of communicating.
January 2019 begins with a mini exhibition at a great space provided by the Bendigo Bank, here in Bendigo Victoria.
This wonderful window space is the perfect exhibit space to introduce the beginning of a larger exhibition plan.
Wonderous, Our State of Being. 2019
These three drawings are part of a series of twelve works which explore the intricacies of the human body. Here are organic, yet often unseen stories of the human body – its relationship to health, to disease, and our unique experience within it.
This series started as responses to the grief I hold having lost loved ones in recent years. The drawings started as an exploration of the diseases within the body that took their lives.
My aim is to make grief visible and tangible; to give it substance in a two-dimensional format. Grief shared, in the hope that together we lessen the isolation that it can represent.
Yet Wonderous, Our State of Being is also a celebration of the human body. Its complex design, its life-giving as well as its life-taking capacity, its survival instincts; our bodies are an incredible mystery.
Currently I am working full time from my regional Victorian studio, producing the next installments and applying for funding to secure this works longevity.
With Rhythmic Sincerity, 2018
Heart disease and bowel cancer. For Gloria and Sue x
This was the original piece that started the series.
Our hearts are sacred spiritual vessels. With many different functions associated with the heart, there is overlap with other terms, such as ‘spirit,’ ‘mind,’ and ‘soul’. The heart is the core of our inner nature that makes up the real person. It is referred to in the Bible as the ‘wellspring of life’ (Proverbs 4:23).
There is much that enters our heart, and all the issues of life emanate from it. The heart is complex, and is responsible for everything that we do, feel, and say. It is the location of spiritual vision, spiritual hearing, and it is the real origin of our words.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in Australia, claiming over 18,000 lives in 2018.
This piece was also exhibited in a group show, ‘An exhibition about Death’ at Upstairs 22 Gallery, Castlemaine during June 2019.
The Compassionate Nerve,2018
For Us left behind x
180 cm x 150 cm. Mixed media on paper.
The vagus nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It starts at the base of the brain and runs through the whole torso, through the neck via the vocal cords, then passes around the digestive system, liver, spleen, pancreas, heart and lungs. It is an integral nerve in the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for our rest and digestive capacities. It is responsible for the calming and soothing force in our bodies.
Stimulation of the vagus nerve is crucial for allowing grief and stress to be released by the body. It aids in healing the loss of a loved one and helps you to move forward with grace into acceptance. Yoga, exercise, chanting, singing, deep breathing and meditation are wonderful sources of stimulation.
Perfect Osseous Structure,2018
macroscopic view of bone cancer. For Mike x
Macroscopic representation of multiple myeloma, plasma cell cancer. This disease can cause soft spots in the bone called osteolytic lesions, which appear as holes on an X-ray. These lesions are painful, and can increase the risk of painful breaks or fractures. Multiple myeloma effects over 900 people a year in Australia. This cancer is manageable, but not curable.
All these works are executed by the same technique. I collage together a mixture of torn, transparent, and previously painted paper. This then creates texture and an uneven surface that I manipulate. I use various media including ink, watercolour, charcoal and acrylic paint, in many layers to create the work with depth, light and shadow. I use the white line work as the final part of the story-telling.
Each piece has taken four to six months to achieve its final form. I reference anatomy diagrams, cell biology, autopsy images and images of human bone. The anatomy perspective as realism was not an important consideration; my aim is to convey a feeling for the viewer to resonate with.
Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. Connie xx