Tuesday, 20 November 2012

a New Painting: 'will they Remember us'


I have finished my painting, 'will they Remember us'.  This weekend I will take it up to the Border Art Prize at the Tweed Art Gallery in Murwillumbah.

I have thought it would be nice to write a story about each painting as I finish, but the truth is that I find it difficult to know precisely what they are about. I tried to write a story for this one, but ended up with more questions than answers.

Beginning with who is asking the question in the title 'will they Remember us'? I think it must be the young woman. The lizards were here before humanity, and perhaps they will be here after we are gone. I wonder, will the animals miss us when we are gone? I know we would miss them terribly. How lonely humanity would be without the company of the animal kingdom.
Will they be relieved if we go? That thought makes me very sad and I hope it is not the case. I hope they would forgive us our hubris and ignorance, and miss us a little.

Who is the young woman? I think many of the women in my paintings are not completely human. For me that is somehow indicated by them being barefoot, which symbolises a connection with the earth.

In my painting 'the Shelter of Time', the girl is wearing galoshes and I feel like she is a young human girl. We humans think of ourselves as separate from  nature, but that illusion can be not as strong in children and adolescents.

On the other hand, Bee Girl wears no shoes and I think she is a liminal creature, standing between dimensions. Perhaps she has that mysterious connection that remains with some young children before they are conditioned out of it.

Whereas in a painting such as 'i Wait', I think she is scarcely human at all. Closer to what we call a nature spirit.


So is the woman in 'will they Remember us' a liminal person, someone who feels that connection with nature more than her more socialised brothers and sisters? Perhaps she shares a human mother but feels different, even outside normal human society and is more at home in wild nature.

9 comments:

Lucy Chen said...

It is hard to write a story for paintings, but you wrote it well, Zom. Your feelings about our connection (or the lack of) with nature and the animals resonate with mine. Love your paintings!

susan christensen said...

Mmmm. I am thinking now! Beautiful work, Zom. -sus

Zom said...

Thanks Lucy, good to know I was communicating.

Thanks Sus.

Creatively yours Fi said...

Wow!! I love the Will they remember us? it's fabulous...I love to put my own story to paintings....and feel a lot when I look at your gorgeous piece of work :)

Kel said...

thankyou so much for sharing your interpretation of the women in your paintings
so much resonation with the barefoot thing
and the gumboots and the building floor keeping us disconnected from mother earth
good luck for the Border Art Prize, wish i was up that way to see it hanging

Zom said...

As a postnote, I put this painting into the Border Art Prize at Tweed Regional Gallery and received a Highly Commended.

Lucy Chen said...

oh congratulations, Zom!

Zom said...

Thanks Lucy.

Anonymous said...

Very deep thoughts indeed. Beautiful words and art. Thanks for sharing