Bon Dia tots! Ok, my Catalan is worse than bad, but I do try. I am currently awash with images of roses and flowers as the inspiration of Sant Jordi and Spring seep into my life. It has been 21 days now of #aroseaday #santjordi #artchallange and I’ve really loved it. I’ve been exploring so many different styles and themes within the one topic and it’s been freeing. But at the end of the month I will write a more interesting blog about the month and what April has taught me.
For now I want to talk a little about my first solo exhibition. I hope that by talking a bit about it I will be spurred onto create even faster and finishes this mammoth-ly* (*not a real word) exciting task.
I have, as always, bitten off more than I can chew. I intent to present a section of 20 illustrations of Catalan and Australian animals that have a convergent evolutionary link. What, I hear you ask is convergent evolution? Well in one sentence, “Convergent evolution is the independent evolution of similar features in species of different lineages.” So animals and or birds that are in two separate geographical place that have evolved to fill the same function in their environments. For example “The North American kangaroo rat, Australian hopping mouse, and North African and Asian jerboa have developed convergent adaptations for hot desert environments; these include a small rounded body shape with very large hind legs and long thin tails, a characteristic bipedal hop, and nocturnal, burrowing and seed-eating behaviors. These rodent groups fill similar niches in their respective ecosystems.” (please click for citation)
I am looking at how animals and birds in my home land of Victoria Australia and my adopted home of Catalan link in and perform very similar task, lifestyles, and visual resemblance despite being 16,845 km (more or less) apart. This is a serious area of scientific study and I am no scientist, so I’m looking at this from an artists point of view. How these animals behavior and look, and how their habitats look and feel. This is my personal artists interpretation of this scientific discussion.
I have a theory that the areas of art and science are closely link due to the way’s we both use creative, out of box thinking whilst coming from a theory driven background. Obviously the two area’s are vastly different in many ways, but I believe that the similarity in thought process and boundary breaking are not so different to each other.
So, in June this year, in Solsona Catalonia I will be presenting a suite of work built from the above discussion. In the mean time, I leave you with some images from my sketch book on how this is looking now and I will keep you posted on dates and information as it comes to hand. Now, back to the studio to blast my Australian work mix (Hilltop Hoods, Sia, Frenzal Rhomb, You am I, Silverchair, Jebediah, Bodyjar, Paul Dempsey, Empire of the Sun, Grinspoon…the list goes on, I’m a Melbourne girl of the pop punk early 00’s) Thank you!