poetry:nature:Visual Arts

Kettle shaman

One night i was cooking on the fire outside, getting cleansed by smoke, i was feeling a gentle warmth all through my body, it is deeply healing to be outside at night, the kettle was boiling infinitely, i began this painting by nibbling on some lemon balm leaves and Brahmi herb, mixing some ochre from where i was born and using my fingers to paint his/her? hair. Later my partner Julie came and added the moon and tree and leaves.




It is strange how wildly different feelings and meanings can be made in different forms of mediation.





After collecting some old cardboard boxes i decided to remake them into paper. On a warm day, which can be rare in  the Blue Mountians, i got my one year old daughter ember to help, we tore up the boxes and mixed up the pieces with our hands into pulp. We put lots of lavender and other herb medicines in too! Later i made a small frame with mozzie netting to shape the fibre into paper, piled the sheets up on an old kitchen cupboard door between ripped up rectangles of old jeans, then put it all on the driveway and reversed the van on top to press it! recycled paper!

Not sure what to do with it now though?

I think it is exciting to be able to do things that move away from our dependency on capitalism and industrialisation…

Un-colonising the imagination.

Free to express the immanent beauty of our humanity.




3 responses

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    March 4, 2011 at 6:12 am

  2. mama jee

    the picture is fine & delicate& beautiful, a good joint effort from Julie & Gaz. You could paint a flannel flower on the paper & send it to mama jee. love to my little family in Katoomba

    March 8, 2011 at 7:12 am

  3. Hello dear Gareth! 🙂

    So nice to see your thoughts and words in the blogisphere…
    Yay to the paper… yay to the creating out of ‘waste’…
    Lots and lots of love to you!

    March 10, 2011 at 9:58 am


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