Sunday, November 15, 2015


BOY AT PLAY WITH BOATS - a reference to our cousins....and ourselves.


When I first saw this canvas I was struck by the power the boy with stick wielded. There was an uncertainty of time and place. Was it 1920's Ireland or 1960's N.Z.?  There was a high possibility I could have seen this child just yesterday.

This found object is an early circa 2000 collaborative work by two Elam Arts graduates whose names are easily identified on the reverse side of the canvas. The fact that the artists had been open to shared input was an important consideration when I approached the concept of adding another layer to the work.

By altering the original, this work investigates change, and confronts how moral attitudes often champion resistance to said change.

How does it make one feel to know that the status quo has been changed, possibly violated even?

Should the additions be removed, leaving scars and imperfections that are not seen unless you look very closely to the fabric of the canvas. The status quo seemingly restored.

Does acceptance of the altered state make the previous less important or relevant?

This work invites the viewer to consider how a change of circumstances may impact on our lives demonstrated through the figure with the stick in hand. Boy At Play With Boats suggests a reaction to an imposed and imagined threat, a previously unoccupied space is now occupied, thus forcing the viewer to interpret the figure in its new setting.



  1. Thank-you for introducing me to Elam, and a great time exploring their site. I've sent a link to another US artist and other interested people.


Tapestry Weavings By Stephenie Collin


I hope you find Warped Art & Design both interesting and inspiring, and that it will encourage anyone working with fibre to investigate and experiment further within their chosen field.

The basic loom, which is my tool of trade, has remained technologically unchanged. This aspect appeals to me as I weave contemporary images on a machine of such simple and ancient construction.

And if the loom be silenced,
then needles, threads and fingers
have plenty more to say.

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I am an artist, weaver, gardener, mother and grandmother, home food gatherer, political sceptic, modest future eater, and much much more.