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Will ‘o the wisp
BY Mickie with ArtSHINE Gallery | 04-Dec-2017
I am a NZ artist who has called Sydney home since 2003 after living in the UK for 14 years. You may be familiar with my still life images: flora and fauna viewed and grown in NSW Australia with more than a hint of chinoiserie. My work could be interpreted as purely decorative. By using allusion and symbolism, I weave stories into my work based on my experiences as trans-racial, Asian adoptee: joyful and chaotic assemblage of blooms and fruit displayed with a collection of ceramics from anywhere and everywhere but with a narrative that draws the viewer in for a second look. The result is a collection of pictures combining unexpected elements to create strangely familiar images. There are stories to each of my works that lift them from the purely decorative into a narrative piec
One thing I miss living in Sydney is twilight. I first experienced twilight in Dunedin and loved it when living in the UK. There’s this ethereal, slightly ghostly half light before darkness falls in Summer and in the English countryside if was magical. This is a memory of woods in the home counties I used to walk in. There are three faint glows in the image that signify the will ‘o the wisp phenomenon.