Tuesday, November 15, 2011


The dominant ethos of my art collage days was minimalism, defined as work that set out to expose the essence, essentials or identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features or concepts. And like any earnest student I embraced them fervently. These principals guided me for the first 10 years as young artist, mixed in with a dollop or two of conceptualism, add a drop of Arte Povera, etcetera, etcetera. Well you can see where this is going; a mishmash. But I still love and honor the core of minimalism, the search for the essence of the "thing". While I was preparing for the exhibition last summer, this was the guiding principle in the work; to strip away, lay bare, to reveal somehow the essence of the garden. An impossible task, but thrilling to try. Some of the photos I rejected using for the show as being to bare, to abstract; but now, I am re thinking that idea. I'll call these The Minimal Garden.
Tree Peony 11


  1. très sensible, sensuel, de magnifiques images....a lovely garden with intime perfume...

  2. Thanks Jennifer, here's to hoping it will be!

    Hi Rosie, thanks. I love how the simple things can be so moving.

    Anna, thank-you

    And thank-you Denise, your words are poetry

    Thanks Fiona, it's great so get such positive feedback on these minimal images, a new way to explore and with my world about to turn white, timely.


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