Conversations: Frogs n Bats n Things

For a previous exhibition, Joan Martin and I exchanged postcards.

The process was wonderful, and rewarding. I enjoyed discovering new ways of ‘making art’ within a process that although fun still had meaning and purpose.

We both felt we’d like to continue communicating creatively with a particular purpose through a process of exchange, but thought to do so this time by means of ‘assemblage’ works instead.

As with our postcards before, the only ‘rule’ was to respond and then that the work would be three-dimensional.

Joan started this new conversation.  You can see her work here.   She has used the carcass of a frog which I had found ‘preserved’ in my studio fan sometime back.

Perhaps because I have frequently used nails in my art before, I immediately responded to these in Joan’s piece.  I then also really loved the meaning of her work, that of the transient nature of our lives.

2015 is very much a year of transition for me in many respects and on many fronts, most especially that of my children ‘moving out of home’.

Like Joan’s frog lies in a halo of nails, suggesting hardship … my Mary-figure also has a halo of twelve nails and is embedded on a piece of wood previously rotting, now beautifully preserved in many layers of bonding formulae.

Like Joan used something that I had given her, I have used something that she has given me;  the long strips of text are from a poem titled “Bat” by DH Lawrence that Joan had discovered in her research for our last exhibition.  Significant is the theme that explores a “shifting in human consciousness”…. a transition, and then that of the juxtaposition of joy and fear.