Art Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 50 cm x 60 cm
The story of the wishing tree continues with the appearance of a weaver after a visit to my Little Mykonos Studio by an Indian-Australian artist..who ‘weaves’
We had met at the 2019 Gippsland Sculpture Prize where we were exhibiting. Soon after Amardeep visited my studio and we had a lively, beautiful and inspired conversation about art, culture, travel and our art aspirations.
We told each other stories and listened eagerly. I told her about my wishing tree tale and in turn she told me about the women in an area of Norther India who weave wishes and blessings into the sari fabric of their ancestors. A gift from generations of women for a new born girl.
The echoes of that conversation lingered and eventually i painted the weaver into the story. The tale bubbles away, waiting for me to string together all that the art wants me to know. Waiting for me to find the right time to listen with care. Only then will the words join the imagery to tell the next part of the story.
With the help of this artwork i have taken small steps further into the tale: ” he weaver had heard rumours that there was a wishing tree in the forest. she’d travelled far to find him”.
In contrast to the wishing tree, the weaver is kept monochromatic, intricately composed of lines and pattern similar to her weaving. The tree leans down happy to find a friend who understands his purpose.
This painting shows her greeting the wishing tree and showing him her weaving. They are kindred spirits sharing with each other mystery and wisdom