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Celestial Analogue (Stellar) 2013 - 14. Recycled cardboard and Pigment Paint.

Celestial Analogue (Stellar) 2013 – 14 (recycled cardboard, pigment paint). Photography Christina Waterson.

My latest work, Celestial Analogue, records the ideal geometry of an immeasurable physical experience.

While recently hosting some visiting international friends who had never experienced a clear view of the night sky I rediscovered my own deep memories of the Milky Way. My friends normally live in London where the Milky Way has not been visible since the Industrial Revolution; due to pollution and compounded by big city light spill. Growing up in rural Queensland with a glorious view of the Milky Way I had perhaps taken this familiar sight for granted.

On attempting to explain something so unimaginable, immense and elusive as the Milky Way to my friends who had never witnessed it directly, I realised that it was nigh impossible to communicate the experience. Even images fell short. A visit to a remote location was undertaken to let them experience it directly for themselves.

Detail

Detail from the right side approach. Photography Christina Waterson.

Detail

Zooming into the detail – so close yet so far away. Photography Christina Waterson.

Celestial Analogue emerged from these encounters. Though also very beautiful Celestial Analogue is an ideal representation of this immeasurable physical experience. Repetition of the reduced elements create a sense of movement across the work’s surface. With an ever shifting pattern and spatial rhythm it remains illusive when experienced from different moments and positions.

The Process.

Pieces patiently masked, painted, scribed and cut. Photography Christina Waterson.

Celestial Analogue was patiently assembled from hand cut, painted and folded recycled cardboard. It meaningfully extends my previous collections of work including The Bloom Series 2009, Taking Flight 2010 and Scale Screen 2012.

Celestial Analogue Detail.

Celestial Analogue (Stellar) 2013- 14 view from the left side approach. Photography Christina Waterson.

PS I must admit it was hard to photograph this work in the exhibition space. With every passing car reflected light rays created hot spots and cool spots across the work. I endeavour to return one night and re-photograph the work more evenly lit.

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Jacaranda in bloom at the University of Queensland, St Lucia.

Jacarandas in bloom at the University of Queensland, St Lucia (October 2013).

An early hot Australian summer saw many flowering trees bloom early. Delicate blooms with startling colours provided a haven for birds and insects. Here are a few of my favourites that bloomed in succession – some native and others embraced just the same as part of our urban landscape and lives.

Flame Tree on Gloucester Street, Highgate Hill.

A majestic Illawarra Flame Tree on Gloucester Street, Highgate Hill, Queensland (October 2013).

I was in Melbourne when the Silky Oak's were in bloom (near Space Furniture in Richmond, Melbourne Victoria).

I was in Melbourne when the Silky Oak’s burnt honey blooms were in flower. This one spotted near SPACE Furniture in Richmond, Melbourne, Victoria (November 2013).

Arcade of Tamarind Trees flowering along Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill.

Arcade of Tamarind Trees flowering along Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill, Queensland (December 2013).

Fragrant Fiddle Wood Tree on Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill (January 2014).

Fragrant Fiddle Wood Trees on Dornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill, Queensland (January 2014).

Such electric colours!

All photos by Christina Waterson.

Colourful lichen covers fence cross beam SS13/14

Colourful lichen covers a fence cross beam. If you look closely you can see a spider’s legs. The spider was hiding on the underside in the cool shade and was as large as my hand. SS13/14.

Returning to the place I grew up always encourages me to look deeper and dream larger. Here are but a few of the lovely moments of nature captured over summer at my parents place beside the Burnett River, near Bundaberg.

Dusk across the western paddocks SS13/14.

Dusk across the western paddocks SS13/14.

A rare bee swarm in a bottle brush tree at dusk. The next day the swarm had moved o. We hoped they had found a home not too far away.

First time I have seen a bee swarm. We discovered the bees in a bottle brush tree on dusk. The next day the swarm had moved on. We hope they have found a home not too far away.

Looking South east along the Burnett River SS1314.

Looking south-east along the Burnett River SS1314.

Lightening strike at 3:00am through fly mesh SS13/14.

Lightening strike at 3:00am through fly mesh SS13/14.

Pale Headed Rosella enjoying sunflower seeds SS13/14.

Pale Headed Rosella enjoying sunflower seeds from the garden SS13/14.

Moments at Sunset on 11 November 2013.

Through the clouds. Moments at sunset on 11 November 2013…

During the time I’ve had the pleasure of living with an expansive view of the western sky, I can say that never have I witnessed such glorious sunsets as those experienced in November 2013. Every afternoon I was drawn to my balcony like a joyful child in wonder of the play of light. Each sunset was so different and within a night’s dusk period the sky was transformed into many glorious moments that unfolded and continuously evolved. Some days there were wild storms followed by electric fluorescent colours or silver linings. Other days were more modest with hazy clouds and delicate highlights.

Here I have selected my favourite sunset moments from the month – many of which occurred all in the same afternoon – the sky transforming before ones eyes in the space of minutes. The 18th of November was a particularly amazing sunset day! Please enjoy the sheer beauty and immensity of nature captured here!

...colour intensifies...

…colour intensifies…

...until the sun appears like a skirling orb on the horizon.

…until the sun appears like an orb zooming past on the horizon. 11 November 2013.

Electric colours. Moments at sunset on 14 november 2014.

Electric colours! Moments at sunset on 14 November 2014…

...close up...

…close up a tutti-frutti love dream…

...a little later on 14 November 2013.

…and a little later on 14 November 2013.

Moment at Sunset on 15 November 2013.

A deadline and a super cell. Moments at sunset on 15 November 2013.

Moments at Sunset 18 November 2013

Storm front threatens. Moments at sunset on 18 November 2013…

...rain on the horizon...

…needed rain on the horizon…

Moments at Sunset on 18 November 2013

…and then a silver lining…

...30 minutes later

… 20 minutes later…WOW…

...5 minutes later...

…5 minutes later…

...an explosion of colour in the clouds...

…an explosion of colour in the clouds…

...and on the horizon...

…and on the horizon…

...fade to black

…to eventually fade to black. 18 November 2013.

Colours have not been altered. All photography Christina Waterson.