Nikos Alexiou was a Greek artist who specialized in visual art, contemporary art, installation art and set design for theatre and dance. He exhibited his work at personal exhibitions and group events both in Greece and abroad. He did alot of work with paper cuts on a large scale in unique and geometric designs
“Melaleuca quinquenervia, commonly known as broad-leaved paperbark, the paper bark tea tree or niaouli. The plant is native to New Caledonia, Papau New Guinea and coastal eastern Australia.
The broad-leaved paperbark grows as a spreading tree up to 20 m high, with the trunk covered by a white, beige and grey thick papery bark. The grey-green leaves are ovate and the cream or white bottlebrush-like flowers appear from late spring to autumn.
Melaleuca quinquenervia has multiple uses, and is widely used traditionally by indigenous Australians. A brew was made from the bruised young aromatic leaves to treat colds, headaches and general sickness.
The paper-like bark is used traditionally for making coolamons, shelter, wrapping baked food and lining ground ovens. The nectar is extracted traditionally by washing in coolamons of water which is subsequently consumed as a beverage. The scented flower also produces a light to dark amber honey depending on the district. It is strongly flavoured and candies readily and is not regarded as a high quality honey, but nevertheless is popular.
The essential oil of Melaleuca quinquenervia is used in a variety of cosmetic products especially in Australia. The oil is reported in herbalism and natural medicine to work as an antiseptic and antibacterial agent, to help with bladder infections and respiratory troubles. “
At some point after I’d started exploring the idea of printing Paper bark trees onto Paper bark (Melaleuca quinquenervia) I was pointed in the direction of an artist named Jessica Grace, who also lives in Brisbane, who is also doing something similar =)
Here are some of her works:
Jessica Grace, Flourishing Invaders 2013, Photographic release on Magnani paper, 87 x 71cm.
Jessica Grace, Resurface I 2013, Monoprint on Magnani paper, 70 x 42cm.
I have spent a good deal of time, especially this year, examining surfaces and their different uses in my art practice. Kiki Smith is a German born American artist. I was particularly interested in looking at how she uses paper and printmaking in a very different and interesting way.
Kiki Smith: Nest and Trees
Kiki Smith, All Souls, 1985–87. Photoscreenprint, 72 1/2 × 178 1/2 in. (184.2 × 453.4 cm).
Peacock 1997 Etching
“Cultural geography is the study of cultural products and norms and their variations across and relations to spaces and places. It focuses on describing and analyzing the ways language, religion, economy, government and other cultural phenomena vary or remain constant, from one place to another …”
“Cultural ecology is the study of human adaptations to social and physical environments. Human adaptation refers to both biological and cultural processes that enable a population to survive and reproduce within a given or changing environment.”
Judy Watson is an Indigenous artist from QLD, she grew up in Brisbane and then went on to study art in Hobart, TAS. In 1990 she was able to visit her great grandmothers country in far north QLD where she gain much inspiration and sense of connection.
pigment and acrylic on canvas
213 x 156.5cm
“Spirit of place (or soul)
refers to the unique, distinctive and cherished aspects of a place;
often those celebrated by artists and writers, but also those cherished in folk tales, festivals and celebrations.
It is thus as much in the invisible weave of culture… as it is the tangible physical aspects of a place …or its interpersonal aspects …”
For the current body of work that I am creating I am looking at a number of ‘Non-Art’ Themes. My work always has some aspects of exploring my own Cultural Identity and the natural world, this in part is due to the culturally diverse upbringing I had and my continued nomadic existence. I am highly influenced by the world around me, its beauty, its strength and its fragility. I am also intrigued by the nature of ‘Culture’ and Identity and how fluid and diverse they are and yet how scared we are of them changing, or of losing them like they are tangible objects that we can hold onto. I also find myself looking at how we change and create the natural environment and how it in turn changes and creates us.
“We cannot segregate the human heart from the environment outside us and say once one of these is reformed everything will be improved. Man is organic with the world. His inner life moulds the environment and is itself deeply affected by it. The one acts upon the other and every abiding change in the life of man is the result of mutual reaction.” -Shoghi Effendi (Baha’i Writings)