Last year I was invited to participate in this show
which is currently on at our regional gallery here in Nelson (NZ)
Putting my amazement at the invitation aside, I agreed to give it a go. Our brief was to select a painting from the Suter’s collection of John Gully watercolours and create a response to it.
My choice was Baigent’s Bush, a study of a stand of pine and totara trees which was a popular 19th Century picnic spot just outside of Nelson
The painting has suffered serious light damage and is on show in a protective glass case, but you can see the details if you double click on the photo (in fact you will need to double click on all the photos to see them properly)
I really loved the strong vertical lines in the painting and felt I could work with that concept.
I created 15 silk drops which hang from the ceiling to invoke the feeling of a stand of trees. They are dyed with plant dyes and eco prints of pine needles and totara twigs. All the marks were created in the dye pot – no external manipulation or mark making. When there is a breeze in the gallery they all gently float giving a sense of trees moving in the wind.
David, my husband, was also invited to be part of this exhibition and you can get glimpse of his 6 m long watercolour “book” in the right of hand side of the photo below.