Tag Archive: australia

Scott Marr

“Amnesia” (2010): The history of image-making with natural materials is as old as humanity itself, and vital to the cultural sustenance of certain groups like aboriginal Australians. Fellow countryman and artistic alchemist Scott Marr (born 1976) works with an incredibly rich source of natural materials – the above piece includes bark wash, ochres, wattle flower wash, and charcoal – and also utilizes pyrography: using heat and fire (like soldering irons or pokers) to made decorative burn marks. According to the description of a short video about Marr, the artist boils barks, leaves and mosses to leach organic dyes; he crushes native berries to producing a surprising array of watery washes; he powders locals coloured stones in a coffee grinder to form a palette of ochres. Watch the video and the artist at work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbnTbWKlkPY


Jeremy Geddes

“The White Cosmonaut” (2009): The oil-on-board paintings by Melbourn-based (New Zealand-born) painter Jeremy Geddes send a veritable chill up my spine. The eerie images of dangling astronauts – fallen angels in bubble-top helmets, their stories and vital signs unknown – suggest ever-increasing alienation. Geddes is methodical in his preparation of these large-scale paintings, going through many drafts before beginning a grisaille underpainting. Grisaille (French for ‘grey’) works are entirely monochrome, and then layers of colors are may be added. After attending art school, Geddes worked in video game development and has been painting full time since 2003. See more seriously stunning imagery on his website: http://jeremygeddesart.com/paintings.html