Thank you to everyone who has supported my posting of the 45 degrees mail art. The theme of this piece is US global domination.
I did not think about the work as being a 'fan' as so many people have suggested. Yet, how wonderful it is to explore the many and varied ways people see objects. I am grateful for all the inspiration and information my work and its controversy has generated.
I thought I should share the story of this work with everyone as art for me is also about storytelling.
On one side of the piece there is an igloo [Sun/fire and Ice] with two copies of the Statue of Liberty, one large and one small. These represent a couple of things, the inner and outer worlds and the many pitfalls of consciousness; anger, fears, domination and destruction. The bricks represent human invention and its fragility. I am a committed environmentalist and the igloo suggests the melting of polar ice through climate change and the rampant destruction of indigenous peoples, all attributable, in my view, to mass consumerism and largely due to industrialisation, a US global culture and domination.
On the other side of the igloo is a collage I call 45 degrees. Taken together, the igloo and 45 degrees are the fire and ice in the cosmos and combined worldly universalism. 45 degrees has an acid green background, smoke clouds and skeletal flying fish. All of this was inspired by the 45 degrees of heat and bushfires we in Australia have recently experienced. The fish are out of water and struggling for life. In hindsight I should probably have written some commentary on the work, but it was rather spontaneous and visual.
The shapes used are common in my daily work as a psychotherapist. I teach and practice mindfulness and I and my groups often draw mandalas as a form of mental focus and meditation. These elements are a big part of my life and my environment.
I love being a member of IUOMA I feel it has helped me to explore new ideas in my own work as well as being open to other genres. My small gallery in Gippsland now houses outsider art, asemic writing, visual poetry, pictographs and much more. My role as an educator has been expanded and every day my life grows richer. I feel very blessed. Thank you.
The work described is going to ArtEver in Portugal. I hope it brings as much pleasure there as it has to me in creating it.