I’ve been invited to show at this year’s Brisbane Grammar Art Shows’ jewellery exhibition, Impressions and I made some new work for it, some work that I had been thinking of doing for a little while. I played on a theme of camouflage after being inspired by a trip to Hawaii and California. I found the tropical plants, sea creatures and lichen there to be quite different to what we have here in Australia. It was really cool to see. I did a little reading up on camouflage when I got back and found out that camouflage covers a large range of different techniques or ways to disguise or conceal, which was great for me as I could use what ever inspired me for my jewellery.
If you are interested in camouflage, even a little bit interested, then I recommend a starting point on Wikipedia. It had me nerding out! My favourite kind of camouflage is the Dazzle Motion camouflage. This is something animals do to confuse their attackers. Think of a herd of zebra all blending in together so the lion has a hard time figuring out where the animals starts and finishes. Think a peacock splashing out and quivering it’s tail feathers, all those quivering eyes would render an attacker useless.
My next favourite topic is the use of camouflage in war. Did you know that artists were employed to create and invent camouflage techniques for war? Truly fascinating. Artists were used to make fake ports and rail heads so that the enemy would attack those instead of the real ones. And also to make an important desalination plant look like it had been successfully bombed so that the enemy would not be tempted to destroy it. (Think pavement chalk drawings that look as though there is a dangerous hole in the footpath!) Among many other things.
And my query is, as humans, do we camouflage ourselves? Do we dazzle or do we “wallpaper flower” ourselves with our choice of jewellery? Do we deceive even with our choice of jewellery? I don’t know but it is a very interesting topic and I LOVED colouring my faux gem-cut (oooh! see? some deception going on there!) glass beads into a type of camouflage print. Have a look at my Instagram feed to see more pictures.
Impressions exhibtion 5 – 6 August 2016
Centenary Hall at
Brisbane Grammar School
24 Gregory Tce
Any pieces not sold will go into my shop on line, here, at avrilbowie.com/shop after the 7th of Aug, 2016.
Apologies for only writing this the day before – I had been working so hard on this work that I’ve managed to come become bedridden with a cold. I plan to be there Friday night, hopefully my voice as well.