ART AT HOME
Section 4: FRIENDSHIP
Quite a few people responded to our call by choosing work made by artists who are their friends. They spoke warmly about the work, as if describing the friendship.
“Lygia Pape was a prominent Brazilian artist and a friend who was part of the Neo Concrete Movement in Brazil. She was a lecturer of mine in my Architecture course. I was fascinated by her personality and energy – we became good friends. We did lots of observational work in favelas in Rio, photographing the transformation of its fabric.
This piece is one of a series of etchings called Tecelares (which translates as Weavers) and it was done in the year I was born. Lygia gave it to me many years ago. It is my favourite art work.”
Change by Julia Wilson 2007, 76x76cm oil & acrylic on canvas
“Long-term friend and collaborator, this is an unusually quiet JW whose paths and estuaries often have sharp yellow shapes overlaid with scratchy rust lines – I’m longing for some of this energy to shake meawake in these strange lethargic times, and missing our gallery visits/tea/talk.”
She is Australian by birth , and the painting evokes desert and luminous light – but it also feels to me mysterious and numinous and speaks of the ancientness of the land and it’s indigenous people mapping it with symbol and storyline…..”
This picture is quite dramatic – Thereza took it from the middle of the road in traffic; the colours are so well coordinated, its as if the picture was actually a painting.
Thereza is one of my oldest friends, and she gave us this picture in one of our stays with her in Rio few years ago.”
It is entitled Bird- creature with Odd Shoes and that creature has something of a self-portrait in its face. I love it’s painterliness , the colour palette, and also the wit: her early line drawings were fabulously witty too and it brings a smile to my face.”
Jenny constantly sketches, wherever she is – the poached- egg yellow sun painting is one of a series made in or after visiting Australia, which became her family’s home after they fled apartheid S. Africa – and the delicately drawn traceries of the natural world inhabit and inspire so many of her paintings, be it rock, tree, fungi or seed-pod.