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Sunday Territorian 5 Nov 2017



Sunday Territorian 5 Nov 2017


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24 FRONTIER ARTS & BOOKS SUNDAY NOVEMBER 5 2017 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Art beat THROUGH THE KALEIDOSCOPE Two artists have teamed up to create a colourful view of their various experiences, like working side-by-side with asylum seekers in detention W ickham Point detention centrebecame an accidental source ofinspiration for Bev Garsidesartwork after a year there teaching asylum seekers. Her portraits are not overtly political, but rather a colourful reflection of the personal impact of the asylum seekers she had grown close to in the detention centre. Working at Wickham Point changed the way that I think and the way I value people, she said. It changed the way I see difficulties some of the people I met had been through horrendous things and they were still going and they had incredible depth. Her portraits in response to her time working at Wickham are on show in Kaleidoscopic, a joint exhibition with Eileen OConner at Tactile Arts. One of Garsides main motifs are eyes, which are present as a religious symbol in many of her pieces. The eyes for me present how I see God as looking down as someone who loves everyone, regardless of age, sex, religion and sexuality, she said. Each colour present or absent in the series of paintings, based on her time with asylum seekers, is indicative of the struggles and strength of those she met. The canvas on one was partly left blank because the people were still a work in progress and they didnt know where they were going to end up and they didnt know what was going to happen to them, she said. The green bit is the need for growth and change, the black bits in the hair say that it doesnt matter if youre an asylum seeker or anyone else sometimes life actually sucks and is really hard. Beneath the coloured hair and the rainbow dripping from eyes are rippled lips. If you throw a stone into a pond you get ripple one thing I do feel from Wickham Point was that if people would just listen to stories, and listen when people share their feelings, weve got so much we could learn it would be like a ripple effect and it would affect everyone. Her eclectic works vary from the bright portraits of human faces to more realistic Territorian flora and fauna and woven baskets and turtles in contrasting styles. Lots of peoples exhibitions you can really tell its their work, but then I come along and it looks like theres three different people, she said. I get bored and try new things, it depends how I feel what I do. Garside also paints on cardboard and then burns it, a technique developed during a difficult time for her after a friend was diagnosed with cancer. I was struggling to deal with her diagnosis, so I painted yellow daffodils and I burnt them. Daffodils are the cancer flower and the burning was what was happening to my friends body, she said. I really liked the effect, and as she progressed and got sicker so much changed and so much beauty came out of her and our friendship. So now I try to burn to represent that bad stuff does happen, but if we actually deal with it, some good stuff can come out of it. The name of the exhibition reflects the kaleidoscopic assortment of mediums and styles between the two women. OConner has a series of photographs and an assortment of ornamental gourds the fruit of a plant in the show. Gourds are one of the oldest domesticated types of plant and are evident in almost every culture. The fruits are often associated with water and have a multitude of uses including toys, food and musical instruments. OConner was gifted some gourds from a friend but it took her awhile to figure out what to do with them. I had them sitting in my shed for about two years and my husband kept trying to throw them out and I said no no no! Ill use them one day, and then one day eventually came, she said. I started to Google and see the amazing things people on the internet were doing with them. OConner began by painting the gourds but soon moved on to carving and burning them as her techniques developed. It trial and error at the moment, she said. Kaleidoscopic: Bev Garside and Eileen OConner at Tactile Arts until November 19. A Canvas in the Making by Bev Garside in the exhibition Kaleidoscopic at Tactile Arts, running until November 19 tamara howie Arts BOOKED IN REVIEWS PENELOPE DEBELLE, SHELLEY ORCHARD, MATTHEW CONDON Fiction THE SPARSHOLT AFFAIR Alan Hollinghurst Picador $32.99 Hollinghurst traces across 50 years the ripple lines that flow out from a group of friends at Oxford before the war who share a gay infatuation with an athletic and apparently hands off rowing champion, David Sparsholt. Only he is not as unattainable as he looks, as it turns out. This development isnt the Sparsholt Affair as such; that refers to a scandal years later that comes to light after Sparsholt fit and strong, and a war hero who prides himself on his sporting prowess and his wife, Connie, holiday in Cornwall. Their son, Johnny, is secretly in love with his French friend, Bastien, who indulges him, rather than reciprocates. The circle widens but what stays constant is Hollinghursts beautiful, easy mastery of the fine detail of social nuance and sexual attraction. Rating: Crime GIRL IN SNOW Danya Kukafka Picador $29.99 If this novel were a painting it would be Munchs The Scream. Not because it is scary, far from it, but because it portrays so perfectly the anguish of bleeding souls. And while it is loosely a crime thriller who killed the teenager found in a Colorado playground it is really an investigation of the psyches of the three narrators. Two are classmates of the late Lucinda but while she was the archetypal golden girl, they are in the disaster zone adolescence can be. Camerons a disturbed, and disturbing, misfit who has spent countless nights spying on Lucinda; Jade an abused loser with the makings of a writer. Sexually confused cop Russ is the third, a man who has promised to protect Cameron at any cost. The whodunit is secondary, the story more a poignant journey towards hope. Rating: Biography WORKING CLASS MAN Jimmy Barnes Harper Collins Australia, $49.99 THIS is the raucous, high-decibel sequel to Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barness harrowing book on his childhood, Working Class Boy. He begins with the formation of that iconic band in 1974 and barrels through years of booze, drugs, groupies and, ultimately, huge commercial success. Its a fascinating insiders view of the Australian music industry and the highs and lows of fame. Beneath it all hover Barness perennial personal insecurities. He constantly flirts with self-destruction, and its fascinating how, at his lowest ebb, he manages to marshal the energy to ensure his survival, yet again. Apart from the pain, there are passages that are uproariously funny. But in the end, the book is a torch song to the healing power of mateship, love and family. Rating: PROUDLY SPONSORED BY 1/30 SMITH STREET M Merrick the Duck by Bev Garside