The Triptych New Horizons, is the major work in my refugees series. Two of the panels have as their inspirational source, the mists of a Rotorua hot pool.
You may wonder how I see things in the mist. I am I Myst Weaver. One of the things I can do, when I am connected to my inner source, is see images unfold within the mists. However the full impact of the images do not crystalize until I work with the images in paint. As I work with the painting many things then begin to unfold. For example in the centre panel there is a large figure, an Earth spirit, related to the New Zealand land. Then if you look at the broken line of blue paint which leads from behind the blue figure in the middle, down to the bottom of the painting, you will see near the bottom, a bird image. When I painted this section, those paint marks were intended to signify the detrius that man leaves in his wake as he passes through the world.
However a couple of days later when I was standing back and looking at the work, I noticed be there very definite figure of a bird sitting at the bottom of the painting. I have found on several occasions that air or water spirits seem to find their way into my paintings.
While this work has a foundation in the refugee’s story, it is also a multi-layered piece. Part of the story is a comment on our environmental record as a race.
To give you some insight into how this painting evolved I will describe how the left hand panel unfolded. You can see the figures at the top of this panel which did come from a photo of a hot pool. See at right.
As I was working on the drawings for this panel I came across a news article showing the recent destruction of ancient antiquities in a Syrian museum, and in the Ruins of Palmyra.
These priceless artefacts were damaged by recent fighting there. Therefore this panel speaks to, not only the refugees plight, but also to the destruction of heritage that occurs during war. Two things are occurring here. One is the destruction of priceless artefacts, from ancient races. Things that can never be replaced. And secondly is the destruction of people’s heritage. So often in war, we see, the attempt by the aggressors, to obliterate not only a race, but also any evidence that they might have ever existed. The latter they attempt to achieve, by destroying the race’s cultural heritage.
The third and final panel was initially intended to express the hope and joy possible in new beginnings. Part of the inspiration for this work came from an installation that I saw online.This installation was constructed using 51 Miles of fishing line, which was strategically placed and lit in a large room. What struck me was the beauty and flow of this image which you can see here. This gave me an idea for the final panel of the painting.
The figure of a young woman emerged early on in the process and if you have seen the study of this work you will have noticed there is no figure in that study.
She seemed to me to embody the innocent creative beauty and power of nature. This seemed very appropriate for this panel considering how the previous panels suggest man’s careless of the trampling of the planet.
42″ x 99″
107x 228 cm
Oil on Canvas