Paying homage to a dead poinsettia

My poinsettia died. My mother had the poinsettia, then gifted her (the poinsettia) to me. I repotted her and she immediately became this crazy, quirky bonsai version of a poinsettia with tiny delicate leaves and gnarled branches. She was beautiful and gentle, and seemed strong and quite unique. My mother didn’t recognise her when she visited.

My poinsettia started dropping leaves and we recorded the exquisite form of the leaves, and I started painting them. We then went to Japan and when we came home my poinsettia had died. She died even before my mother came (after a few days) to water her.

Dried poinsettia leaves

Dried poinsettia leaves

A number of the works in my exhibition at the Ensemble Theatre pay homage to my poinsettia. I hope I have captured her spirit and made her larger than life. In the work ‘Centrepiece’, her leaves are permanently encased and protected. In ‘Yule (flor de Noche Buena), her colour is intensely and lavishly displayed. The irony of the ‘Fall Remnant’ paintings exhibits her on a big textured white stage. In ‘Kawaii charm (lucky blossoms)’ she is apotheosised and integrated into an ‘amulet’.

Exhibiting with John Coburn

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[apologies for the crappy mobile phone pic – in my hurry I forgot my camera]

Yesterday we installed my first public exhibition in 35 years (not counting theatre or dance works).

The Ensemble Theatre Foyer  is a good, intimate space and the works fill the space well. When you enter, there is a big original painting by John Coburn (Australian abstract painter). Then there is a framed limited edition print of his painting which is for sale (see right of pic above).

Then my work. I’m exhibiting with John Coburn!

I managed to finish 8 digital works, 4 assemblage/collages and 3 paintings. I have a few more that I am working on, just in case someone wants to buy a work. I’ve agreed to a ‘cash and carry’ policy which means if someone wants to buy and take then and there, they can. But then I have to be ready to replace with another work.

This really is an ideal way to take that first step into the professional visual art world. I really appreciate that the Ensemble has given me that opportunity.

My head is so full of ideas for future works. Meeting this deadline has really fed my creative spirit!