Beware strangers who give unsolicited advice in supermarkets, people offended by breast-feeding, partners that won’t pick up after themselves, children that won’t sleep, and people who see craft as a lesser form of art because women do it… Mummas have had enough and they are uniting, getting crafty, and taking some time out for themselves. Mummageddon is coming and it’s going to destroy society’s stereotypes of Motherhood! The Anarchist Mummas’ Underground Craft Kollective (AMUCK) is giving Mums of Brisvegas a hell of a gift this Mother’s Day...an opportunity to feel free to be a bit naughty, have a laugh, feel more normal, be selfish, and give a lady-like up yours to every well-meaning parenting manual, mother’s magazine, online forum, and child health nurse that has ever made them feel inadequate. Through their CWA rejection collection of “outsider craft”, these Mummas laugh at their inconsistencies, their failures, and their complete inability to live up to anyone’s expectations, including their own. This exhibition is for immature mature audiences 15+, it contains sexual, and I wish I had sexual, references, including crocheted and cloth nudity. Opening night starts at 6pm Friday April 27th with $5 entry and Mumageddon will run until Mothers’ Day, May 13th. All proceeds go to supporting the Maternal Warriors Association Inc, a postnatal depression prevention support service.
My works are cameos of imaginings oozed and drizzled across landscapes of an adored country of birth (North Western NSW), using watercolour, acrylic and pastels tempered with lashing of precious rain water. A childhood in the brigalo prickly pear country was hand in glove with the horse. Stock was mustered by my parents with me the toddler in front of the saddle, we travelled by horse and sulky (Rose was between the shafts). Frieda was my first pony and I rode her to school. I rode everywhere, and rarely returned home without a bunch of wildflowers. So I paint flowers too. My powers of observation were finely tuned and honed. At eight years old, unaccompanied, by stock train, Doughnut and I attended the Moree Pony Cub. Seventy five miles North Star to Moree, what an adventure for a taste of the outside world.
It is said “in vain he flees his trouble on a horse, they share his saddle and see him on his course”. This is not true!
The time is here for a solo show after sixty years of “emerging”. It pleases me to share with you the privileged kaleidoscope of vibrancy and movement that set the wheels in motion during my childhood. Previously my works have been shown in Toowoomba, Ceramic Break Park, Warialda, Armidale, Tenterfield and Inverell.
The noble horse is honoured by me with this hoof print, to illustrate their significance as a vehicle for living and a seed for the fancy of minds. Their contribution to civilization has been as an explorer, a war horse(eight million gave their lives in world war one), they work, they are used for sport and recreation, they are used for therapy , they are used for story book heroes, they inspire artists and musicians, and they are the stuff dreams are made of.
There is little to say of me but much ado for this wonderful creature, which through history has proved to be a major player on the tapestry of the destinies of man. The gypsy in my soul is blessed with an affinity to the horse. Margie‘s exhibition runs from May 18th through to May 25th, with opening night May 18th 5-7pm.
The Half Dozen Group of Artists now has over 120 artists working in their own Studio at Corinda almost every day of the week.
The Group and has been producing artworks of all sorts and styles for over 70 years. So check out what the artists of your Brisbane town are producing in the exciting times of here and now.
See their exhibition titled ‘The Open DAW Show 2012” in the upstairs gallery from Saturday 2 June to Saturday 9 June.