In the process of setting up louisesaxton.com I was drawn back to my early days at art school - Canberra School of Art in the early 1980's and RMIT in the early 1990s. I discovered in the archives of my studio a folio of small drawings and photographs of lost paintings. Not worthy of a gallery within the main website, but worthy of documentation none the less, I have decided to post some of the images in three journal entries. The interesting thing for me to remember is that my engagement with the domestic, with a sense of home, goes back a long way. It has transmogrified over the years but, it is there as a constant thread. The first journal entry shows drawings in pencil and charcoal from a group house in Canberra and an abandoned farmhouse on the outskirts, in the early 1980's. The second shows drawings in oil stick and pastel from the early 1990's and the third journal shows charcoal drawings and paintings from the mid-late 1980's.
Please head to the website for full viewing of the journal entries and photos:
'Heart Garden' 2013 is ready for framing! The human heart motif has become a garden, filled with the exquisite hand-work of many anonymous makers and also, some belonging to family members of friends and acquaintances - I thank them all for their contributions! And here it is in the studio….
below a detail...
the negative form which is left after the
backing motif has been extracted
being pinned to the backing board
being pinned to the final mount-board for framing
and below the final work photographed by Gavin Hansford
Inspired firstly by my time at Heide Museum of Modern Art in 2012 (where there is a heart garden in the form of the romantic symbol) and by my time at the Palliative Care hospice in Kew, 'Heart Garden' was made during my artist-in-residence at the hospice in 2013.
It will find a permanent home in the Cardiac Centre at St Vincent's Hospital in Fitzroy - also known as the Heart Centre. I will keep you posted on the installation of the work once it's framed and hopefully some of you will be able to go in and see the work in-situ.
The final touches have been made to the website with the inclusion of an online shop, selling limited edition Giclée(pigment) prints selected from my Sanctuary collection. My web designer and I had fun 'setting up shop' yesterday. The prints are made from a high resolution photograph of the original reclaimed textile work, and printed on archival paper from a limited edition of 100 per image. Each print is signed and numbered on the back and comes with an information sheet about the original artwork. See website for full details: http//:www.louisesaxton.com/shop