Sunday, July 08, 2007
The Spirits Of Things
Recently, I hosted a small lunch for three women with whom I've become acquainted over the past year or so: Dr. Julianne Schultz, the founding editor of Griffith REVIEW, Katrina Schwarz, the editor of Art & Australia, and Clare Press, the features director of Vogue Australia. As I often do, I created a set of small drawings to give to my guests. I've been immersed in a series of novels that often refer to Thai superstitions, particularly the Thais' belief that ghosts (and demons) linger at the edge of their everyday reality. I couldn't help but imagine some of the women I sketched in Pattaya as playful wraiths – indistinct, faceless, glancing off the edge of consciousness. I made three, light-hearted watercolours quickly. Without my thinking about it, the languid spirits in them took on aspects of the personalities of the women for whom each painting was intended.Maybe I've my picked up my own Thai ghost to haunt my imagination.