Mumu Mike Williams and Robert Fielding exhibition

We were lucky enough to be in Melbourne when an exhibition by Mumu Mike Williams and Robert Fielding was on. These are aboriginal men who currently live and work in the area of Central Australia that we will soon be working in. The works are political works, which is not my preferred option, but the juxtaposition of the mail bag warnings and aboriginal and white history was so appropriate and ironic that it drew me to the works anyway. 

Detail of a work by Mumu Mike Williams, 2017, acrylic paint on canvas mail bag
Robert Fielding has burnt through the thick paper he has used from the bag, creating a wonderful textural surface with a secondary design that is highlighted when it is lit fro the side. I have spoken to Robert in the past and he mentions the layers of meaning, some hidden, that he creates in his work. 

Details of the burn holes in Robert Fielding’s work, 2017, acrylic on paper
Robert Fielding’s work showing the layered imagery, 2017, acrylic on paper

Collage and creases (1.5)

First collage is made from a piece of hand painted paper in my attempt at indigo colour. It was then cut into small kimono shaped pieces. The original plan was to tessellate but that didn’t work well so I moved on to using one edge of the shape to define the line of the whole kimono. I struggled to keep the small shapes glued down so I had to resort to cover the lot with a piece of non woven textile I had with me. It’s red which has nothing directly to do with the kimono, but it was what I had with me and it’s sort of a Japanese colour. It serves to soften the line of the kimono underneath and unify the collage a bit. 

All collages are made from hand painted paper because I’m travelling and didn’t bring a big range of coloured papers. In this collage I have painted a piece of paper leaving one area white, and then torn it into strips and woven it together in a crude representation of the ikat weave of the kimono. More time and thinner strips would have worked better, and I also should have had some strips completely painted to achieve the shape of the weave properly. 

Looking inside the sake bag and seeing the light through the holes was the idea behind this collage. I have painted a light background on shiny paper and then cut holes through another piece of folded paper to emulate the symmetry of the holes found in the bag. I would have like the background glossy paper to shine through the holes more brightly and in retrospect it would have been better to make the contrast between the background and the foreground paper even higher to highlight the holes. I’m guessing that these are things that could be reworked down the track prior to assessment, but at this stage I am battling to get the work done before my first submission. Seems that I don’t have as much time while travelling as I had hoped. Still I am enjoying the work.

A partially shredded piece of paper from a perfume shop in Melbourne forms the background for the final collage. Hand painted and torn patches are applied to the top, in a crude representation of the boro futon cover. I have allowed the patch edges to lift and be rough, as the patches on the futon cover.