Hey Sydneysiders! This is your last chance to see the wonderfully serene, Sydney Buddha. Zhang Huan’s 5 metre tall, 20 tonne installation is at Carriageworks for a few more days, the exhibition closes this Sunday, March 22nd. Installed in January as part of the Sydney Festival, I had hoped to return and photograph the giant incense sculpture and it’s aluminium cast in the evening, when the shadows would be less harsh and also to see how the delicate ash figure had degraded over time but once again the days have gotten away from me.
“The piece conveys the collective memory, soul, thoughts and prayers, and collapse of mankind. It implies a collective ineffectiveness, arising from taking action when none should be taken, upsetting the natural order of things. As time passes, and humidity in the air changes, the ash crumbles to the ground naturally, I believe that in the moment that the Buddha collapses, innumerable groups of souls will be flying back to the east.” Zhang Huan
If you haven’t seen the Sydney Buddha yet it really is worth a look and better yet, entry is free!
Did you know that the temporary images Google sometimes places on it’s home page are called Google Doodles? I didn’t until now. And the only reason I found out is because one of these google doodles caught my eye and inspired this pattern. Anna Atkins was a British botanist and photographer. Using the sun, Atkins created beautiful cyanotypes of algae and ferns, they are thought to be the first photographic images printed in a book! Google celebreated her 216th birthday with this image.
My last couple of patterns have been quite abstract and graphic, so, inspired by the wonderful work of William Morris, I thought it was time for something a bit more decorative and feminine. Lately I have been busy working on logos and websites for other people and spending a lot of time in front of my computer screen, so it has been nice to pull out my pens and pencils and draw something just for me. I must make time to do it more often. What would you do if you had more hours in the day?
Well hello there! My name is Mahani.
I am a printmaker, graphic designer and photographer living in Sydney, Australia. Picturette is a place for me to document my creative adventures.
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