Monday, July 12, 2010
I, By Another
The strange thing about being in Brisbane is that I have no sense of my self beyond the rather isolating, constrained, temporary life I have here. I live at my family's house in a nondescript suburb. I walk to the gym at the end of the street. I drive to the hospital to visit my father. In between, I paint. The city is as oppressively dull as it was ten years ago. The people I knew then have changed so little it's like stepping onto the set of The Truman Show. I keep expecting to spot cameras linking to an outside broadcast facility. It comes as something of a surprise to stumble across evidence I still exist – as a person, as an artist – outside this place. Yesterday, a friend emailed to tell me that I'm the inspiration for a t-shirt offered for sale by Zian Silverwolf, a fantasy artist whose work is "a combination of the love of mythology, the ancient and the futuristic, the blend of east and west, the natural and the supernatural, the otherworldly and a fascination with cartoons." As she writes (with great generosity) on her e-commerce site, the t-shirt is intended as "a design tribute... Her standard Art is War was the defining concept for this work, the bangles representing her well-known Yes/No series. Colour, the exacting line and the female form are all attributes of her work, translated here into the zeddess goddess – paintbrushes for fingernails, the eyes of the soul and the heart of the warrior. Not to mention capturing something of Hazel’s own strength and beauty.She adds, "The work was inspired by Hazel’s own story of determination, courage and creative battle in the world of fine arts."Aww, shucks.