A Mountain of Stars – Solo Exhibition 2015

A Mountain of Stars was my first solo exhibition in 2015.

It was the first time I had produced a large body of work all exploring a central theme…

I have learnt so much about my arts practice and what I enjoy doing – definitely one of those bucket list items ticked off!

Whalenbergia
Native Australian Blue Bell

Star knot 3Gum nut star collectionKnotted star IThe little red houseOrigami Star I

Artist Statement
Today the five pointed star shape is one of the most universally used and recognised images throughout the world.

It is used in decorations, religions and emblems.  It represents so many different things to so many different people.

But why is that?

Why is that shape so ubiquitous?

The idea I am exploring within this body of work is that when humans first began noticing the world around them they saw the shape in nature.

This star shape subtly and subconsciously crept into our minds.

And, over time, the human race translated that into our own symbolic and written language.

As a kid I spent a lot of time exploring the bush near my home.  The shape jumped out at me.  And ever since then I began to see stars everywhere in nature.

The drawings I have presented here display the natural star shape I fell in love with.  I chose to use pointillism as I feel it is the best way to depict them because it has a very organic look.

Stippling is a very meditative art form, taking a lot of patience.  A single piece can take many hours to complete.  A steady hand is needed as a single dot in the wrong place can change the look of a whole piece.

I love that from a distance these works can look like simple pencil drawings.  It is only when one gets closer it can be appreciated that there are no straight lines and the whole thing is composed of a series of dots.

I strive to make art that is fun to create and beautiful to look at and I hope that these drawings achieved both.

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