I'm not too sure when or where it all started, but my love of dimples and divots and undulating surfaces started in my teens, I presume. When I had a pet horse at around age 13, I would deliberately gross myself out looking at photos in books of heart worm literally boring holes into a living horse, fascinated that such perfect shapes and sponge textures, yet morbid creepies, co-existed.
Holes in swiss cheese, fresh honeycomb, seer sucker fabric, sea sponges and geological features all grabbed and held my attention.
Fast forward a decade or three and here I am, still searching for the same textures around me and attempting to mimic them through my ceramics practice. I have definitely found my groove, that is, evidence of the touch of a hand (or creative force) ... mine, others', God's, or Mother Nature's.
Last weekend I went camping up at the Sunshine Coast and came across my beloved texture, both in a small and large version, as the photos depict. They drew me in straight away and of course I had to run my hands over them and stick my fingers in.
With history constantly repeating itself through art, design and fashion you can be surprised with graphics that catch your breath with memory. For me it's Pooky, Rainbow Bright, Astro Boy, lily-of-the-valley and brambles, bubble skirts, graphic prints from Ken Done and Jenny Kee, Weiss Aussie fashions and Susan Seddon Boulet artworks, to name a few.
I would love to hear if any of you out there also have something that continually piques your interest. Do you love a particular colour, style, type of artwork, maybe an image from your childhood that you unknowingly search for or are still inspired by?