Archive for September, 2009

David Shea

September 8, 2009

There is a second one I liked by David Shea: I think this one shows his criticism on European settlers – depicting the rabbit-as plague, they brought to AUS and a naked women – Irish females shipped here due to the famine and poor conditions in Ireland to please the men. They are sitting on the Australian flag, showing that in their minds, they are the ones owing this soil and having created the nation.

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Comment on Emma

September 8, 2009

08.09 comment on Emma

Hey Emma! I agree with your interpretation of the picture. I really liked it, too. The bright red was it that caught my eyes most. Yet I am not quite sure with what Marie mentioned earlier, that these women might hide themselves as they don’t want to face something, and this could be something evil and cruel (->blood). On one hand this could be his intention, but on the other it could also resemble, that these women don’t face the possibilities and chances they have in the modern world. He dramatizes this probably on account of his newly gained impressions on his journeys to Europe after 1967.

Maybe his eccentric use of colors results out of his occupation in creating cartoons and popular art before focusing on rather complex, figurative ones due to his inspiration by Lawrence.

Comment on Luke

September 3, 2009
Due to his interpretation of James Gleeson’s “Italy” I posted the following comment on Luke’s page:

Hey Luke, I like the way you interpret Gleeson’s surrealist image. As I saw Italy in the Art Gallery my first impression was that it was far too florid maybe kitschy with is dramatic, dark colours and the ancient symbols in it. First of all I couln’t identify a deeper meaning in this painting as the Romans usually used art for representative purpose.

However, being exhibited in the AG, I thought that there should be some relation to Australian history. I came to a similar conclusion as you did, regarding the context of the painting’s origin, I regard it as a symbol for the damage and destruction after WW2, too. Whereas the obvious deconstruction in terms of infrastructure took place in Europe (might refer to the title: Italy), it’s the social damage all over the world. Related to AUS this includes the wounded ANZAC soldiers and the problems their relatives and all Australian inhabitants were faced with.

Drysdale – The rabbiter and his family

September 2, 2009

people2-russel drysdale

I like this painting by Drysdale as I think it shows a settler’s family “the rabbits” visualised also by the tiny rabbit next to the family. Its underlying meaning might be a referrence to the Whites how brought many rabbits to Australia as the didn’t want to give up hunting them. However, due to this they damaged large parts of the landscape as the rabbits turned out to be a plague. In an overall meaning this is also what the invasion of the settlers ment for the Aboriginal people. European animals and plant erased Australian landscape whereas the European humans wiped out the Indigenous people. Interpreting his painting like this, it criticizes the White’s behaviour. By letting them  appear very self-confident (bodylanguage) I shows their ignorance towards their behaviour. In contrast to the painting “Sunday” the settlers have “settled down”, grown in terms of family members, belongings and powerful appearance, however not appearing to be lucky. I interpret this as following:
1. They could make a good living in the bush by exploiding the Aboriginals

2. but they didn’t achieve complete satisfaction (perhaps a typical European thing- the ever lasting lurking for more…)

To these pieces of art I am drawn to

September 1, 2009

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September 1, 2009

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