Last night I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend a private viewing of an ehibit currently on at the Art Gallery of NSW called the Arts of Islam.
The "Khalili collection" is on loan from Dr Nasser David Khalili, an Iranian-born private collector.
Khalili’s passion is not the collection of art for the sake of its material value, but for the purpose of promoting understanding between cultures across the world, particularly areas whose cultures may be less familiar to the rest of the world.
I am passionate about illuminated manuscripts and the exhibition last night was the best I have seen to date. The Koran's on ehibit were just breathtakingly beautiful, the detail was phenominal.
The use of gold was everywhere. The box in the image above was a favourite of Ari's and mine, we could not stop looking at it. It's impossible to see here but the gold between the filigrees looked like it was spun gold.
There are no words to really describe the collection. fascinating for us was that Khalili is himself a Jew and has approximately 20,000 pieces of Islamic art from everywhere.
His message is the promotion of tolerance through the beauty of Islamic Art - how wonderful is that?
Dabbling with texture:
I called Robert to come and check the artwork I have been doing on Sam and Esther - at least panel one. I just had to make sure that "we were on the same page".
I needed to see his reaction in order to determine just how deeply I could go with my use of symbolism in this piece.
Thankfully, whilst he never imagined it would be what it has become, he was enamored.
He agreed with my choice for the backing of the individual elements - sorry but I must be cryptic here - and gave me free reign to do what I liked. I just have to be very sensitive to the subject matter as I knew Esther would be viewing it regularly and needed to check with him.
Actually when he saw it and when he left, he was in tears.
He immediately understood why I have done what I have done which will be explained to you all soon. Robert has agreed to allow me to walk you through the piece as I did my last Visual Anthology - Yaah!
Here though, are a couple of images of the textural bits I have been working on within the piece.
So so so many layers of paint, fabric, text and crackle medium.
Here's a bit of a close-up.
All those hours of layering for just one element. But the fine detailing of each element to make the whole is very critical to me and my work. It gives a silent message or expression to what the piece is trying to pervay.
I must say I really loved how this one turned out all rusted and vertgres looking.
I have been very under the weather with the flu for about three days now so I am off to bed.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend.