A journey through artistic creativity
Spare Room Designs - Explorations in Art
The last month I have been travelling to remote regions of Azerbaijan, taking photos collecting interesting object. Below is a result of how these trips; as Azerbaijan emerges from the winter; have inspired me.
Although not being a full resident in Spain and therefore I am uncertain as to if I will be allowed to enter the competition I am finding the preparation a useful exercise in observation and colour. I have photographed various locations in the village in which I live and chosen a couple of views to explore in watercolour, acrylic and oil paint. This is a convenient view from my front garden!
“No Comment” is an upcoming group exhibition at the Center of Contemporary Art in Baku. The topic is inherently vague and somewhat ironic, leaving room for the artists interpretation. Is it something so shocking that you cannot comment? Or something you either don’t want to or are not allowed to comment upon?
Please feel free to comment on no comment.
Artists: Nicola Beale, Anna De Nogales-Sudra, Greg Skehan, Raul Poggi and Bahram Kahilov
Thirty years living, working and playing abroad have given me ex- chef now primary school educator a vast palette of experiences which I use to paint, write, sing and dance my way through life.
My love of; sunlight, mountains and oceans; animals and people; travel and food have enriched my life providing a constant stream of creative inspiration. Alongside my happy disposition lie concerns about the treatment of the voiceless especially girls and women. Exasperated by the continued negative in-balance of reporting in the media of women, from objectified to victimized and the abuses suffered by girls and women I have combined the elements of the exhibition title, ‘No comment on comment,’ and news articles to create collage and sculptures. Using white to symbolise the insistence on the purity of women by family members and cultures and red and black colours and words to signify the sexual violations by the self same family members and cultures towards women. I am providing a powerful statement of what it has meant, still means and will continue to mean to be born female.
No Comment Anna de Nogales Sudra
“No Comment” to me means refusing to speak up, either because you do not want to or because you are simply not able to. In my pieces “Turn around” this silence is two-fold. It represents many of us, who in theory care about our environment and depleting natural resources and yet in action do very little to truly make a difference. Secondly, the natural environment itself, that literally has no say about what we do to it until one day it may be too late.
"If you wait, people will forget your camera and the soul will drift up into view."“Si esperas, la gente se olvidará de la cámara y el alma saldrá a la vista”Steve Mc Curry – photographer
My first introduction to photography came as a teenager, when my father allowed me to use his film camera. I was hooked on photography from the first moments that I learnt the basics of shutter, speed and focal length. I must say that my father has helped me develop the curiosity and passion for photography, a way to tell a story. That unique moment that is reflected on paper will not be repeated. Photography is an opportunity to show my point of view and to represent my outlook on life. It is a chance to capture a unique moment, share it and preserve it for future generations. Photography gives me the opportunity to connect with whom I am portraying, the opportunity to link with the subject matter.
My personal pieces reflect my passion for faces and emotions, wrinkles, deep poignant eyes, movement, smells, colors and actions that will be forever frozen on a piece of paper. I like to share my photos the way they are: no photoshop, no color enhancement, no alterations. What you see is what I want to show: the simplicity of a moment.
I came to work and live in Baku in January of 1998. Despite the obvious need then for redevelopment of parts of the city, I really liked it. My interest in photography led me to explore parts of Baku that had a surreal beauty, like the oilfields near Bailov. Being close to the centre of Baku made it even more unique. Of course it was necessary to clean up and change this area and the Azerbaijan Government has done this well.
Baku is undergoing immense and rapid change. The photos display aspects of Baku (1998 – 2004), the current Sovetski redevelopment and 2 of the recent distinguished and recognisable Baku landmarks. The window containing these photos is from a demolished home in Sovetski.
The photographs in the lower part of the window depict different religious belief systems of the world. Like the theory behind these systems, these photos fit quite well together on a display. It is sad that this does not happen more widely in the real world. Photos in this section are from Japan, Kashgar (Western China), Ethiopia, Tibet, Georgia, Myanmar (Burma) and India.
Two lovely people who work at TISA got married during the Novruz break. Chee Wan and Greg are wonderful, vibrant, creative people who have lived for many years in Baku. I found an old dowery box in a junk store, battered, faded and scratched. I bought synthetic paint and initially had thought to change the design. However on further reflection I decided to renovated it to its former glory.
The 4 and 5 year old students have inspired me to use oil paint and recreate some of Georgia O'Keefe's flower artwork. They have created large flower paintings using watercolour paint and extending off canvas. I love the meditative state that hours of blending oil colours produces.
More to come.....
BARS Baku Animal Rescue Society is a local NGO for stray animals in Baku Azerbaijan which has recently had to move to new premises. I have created this painting of one of their fluffy friends which they will turn into cards and prints. The profits from the sales will all go to BARS. The painting is an intricate mix of scenes and symbols associated with Baku and wider Azerbaijan; the pomegranate, grapes, maiden tower, oil pumps and oil and the flame towers.
The colours and scenery of Austuria - N. Spain captured within the commonly seen Asturian cow. The bridge in Cangas de Onis, mountains, sea maize and the bloodied horns of the pround noble Spanish bull.
In contrast to the 60’s issues of growing commercialism, and celebrity and non necessary products which were some of the themes Warhol chose to illustrate, I chose a relevant issue in the present day, a natural product that is free and becoming more endangered and completely necessary to the health of the planet - a tree.
The original tree cut painting was completed 24th April 2014 and continues my experimentation in using acrylic paint; further enhanced by photoshop to repeat and change the colours.
As with Warhol I want my art to have a strong message I have organized the repeats and colours lightening and fading to further express the message of the fragility of our planets speices.
Buried deep in an Asturian wood a chestnut tree slice, weathered rings expanding to the moss covered bark. March in North Norfolk oak and beech tree silhouettes against the big sky.
Atticus - the most handsome camel in all Morocco, who carried his burden heroically through the golden waves of the Northern Sahara.