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I'll Fly Away

I’ll Fly Away

by Pamela Pauline

 

The creation of I’ll Fly Away was a labour of love.  This is the first artwork in my “Grow Where You Are Planted” series…and this is how it came about.

 

The loss of a parent is always a good opportunity to reflect on one’s own life.  While never using the expression “Grow Where You Are Planted”, my parents lived this concept.  Raising six children to be curious, to embrace other cultures, to be a travellers and not tourists, they gave us wings to fly.  When I married someone from the other side of the world, and relocated permanently, they embraced him and my life.  Never once was I made to feel guilty.  As a parent to three beautiful children myself, I secretly cross my fingers behind my back that they do not do the same, but also know that we have encouraged them to be global citizens.  I’ll Fly Awaystarted my “Grow Where You Are Planted” series and is a tribute to both of my parents.

I’ll Fly Away , Edition of 10 @ 40”x40

I’ll Fly Away, Edition of 10 @ 40”x40

 

My father, who was in California, passed away in July last year (2018).  The morning I received the news from my mom, I went for a bushwalk with my husband to reflect.  Suddenly, we were surrounded by Lorikeets and my heart filled with a certain familiarity and awe that I had not felt before.  This was my dad’s way of letting me know that he was still present.  Of course it was.  My dad loved Lorikeets and on his last visit to Australia, he was bitten by one.  He had this way of being bitten by the most unlikely animals.  It was a family joke.  My dad was never going to be ready to leave this world and this was his way of ensuring that this joke lived on.  

 

The process of creating this piece was therapeutic, because in the end, love is the greatest of all healers.  I started with the Lorikeet, and kept that as the focal point of the piece.  It is the only element that is in full colour.  In the rest of the artwork, I am working with muted tones.  Little by little I added other birds, all of which mate for life…I love that symbolism; the Powerful Owls, the Kookaburras, the Galahs, the Tawny Frogmouths and the Sulphur Crested Cockatoos.  I photographed all of these birds in Sydney.  As in life and in my lorikeet experience, the more one opens their eyes and minds, the more one sees.  I wanted that to be reflected in this piece.  All of the flora and fauna is native to Australia.  The work is comprised of over 80 images taken by me in the past year.  I use my camera as a tool to capture the images, then with editing software, I carefully dissect the images, selecting only that which I want to remain visible. 

 

The last element to be added to my composition was the flock of cockatoos flying away.  Fittingly, at my father’s memorial service, we sang the touching spiritual “I’ll Fly Away”, his favourite.  

 

So, this began my series entitled “Grow Where You Are Planted”.  Make the most of life, regardless of where you find yourself. Open your eyes, be grateful.  

Grow Where You Are Planted

I am super excited to be exhibiting at Sydney’s “The Other Art Fair” next week in the Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh. I will be sharing a variety of pieces, but have been working very hard on my “Grow Where You Are Planted” series. I have created these artworks by compositing images taken in the past two years in and around Sydney. All of the subjects are Native Australian Flora and Fauna. Some of the artworks have 200 layered images in them…Here I invite you to take a close look. These are available as Limited Edition Prints. The large size is 40”x40”, edition of 10. The smaller size is an Edition of 20 at 30”x30”. Do you have a favourite?

On Flaneurism, Frampton and Friendship

A French concept, flaneurism, is defined as wandering without purpose.  In today's world, if time is a luxury, then the ultimate indulgence is dropping into designer Jeannette Whitson's Garden Variety Design Studio in Nashville, Tennesee for a wander.  Located in the very trendy 12 South area of Nashville, the studio is an original 1899 home, cleverly renovated by Jeannette and recently opened by appointment only.  The studio houses a unique collection of beautiful antiques and other one-off pieces of art, primarily from France.  Jeannette's design sense and keen eye can only be described as eclectic, one-of-kind and stunningly beautiful.  

 Jeannette and I met nearly 25 years ago in Jakarta, Indonesia.  We connected immediately, sharing a love of adventure, curiosity, beautiful things and laughter.  We travelled through the back alleys of Central Java, Jeannette searching for genuine antiques and me documenting the lives and landscapes of the people through research and photography (I was working on a USAID contract at the time).  Our years in Indonesia were instrumental in inspiring our creative careers.    

Through marriage and children, our lives took us to different corners of the world, but our passions in our respective fields continued to grow, as did the respect for each other's work.   For some time we have been talking about collaborating, so it was with great enthusiasm, 25 years after first meeting, that I accepted Jeannette's offer to host a photographic show in her studio when the space was ready.

We had a fabulous week together in June, inviting designers and art collectors to the studio.  It is always deeply gratifying to develop an emotional connection with buyers or potential customers.  Naturally, it was a thrill when the unassuming Rock Star Peter Frampton visited the studio, taking home  my "Kookaburra Sits".  That said,  regardless of the owner, it is always a great honour to have my work hanging in the privacy of people's homes, and something that I never take for granted.  

The Southern hospitality is hard to beat, and we are already discussing my return.