Black & White Boutique

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Black and White Boutique 1.2015

We opened the year 2015 LandArtFarm with a new land art work, Black and White Boutique, to be found in upper Long Run nestled in a cache of ancient rocks, sunning in the silky high-country summer air.

A serendipitous piece, I was driving the outer reaches of paddocks one day looking for gnarled old tree wood gnarled in unusual shapes for Twee Rock Garden.

Starting to pick up from this rocky knoll, after a few minutes in the bush silence I stood back realising the mix looked a shop front in an old Main Street, hints of a display of fashion and elegance, a boutique featuring black from fire burning decades ago.

20141215_121939Selections were quickly returned to their exact locations and this is how they remain for Black & White Boutique, just as grouped and scattered over time.

Bright white paint used judiciously to highlight the shades of gentle grey from weathering over decades. those looking closely will see a sprinkling of shiny costume accessories  – sunglasses, bracelets, earrings spiked to the blackened wood. Contrast, Repetition, elements of Scale.

Plus a little family history, revived and reflective memories of a fashion venture an actual Black & White Boutique, a ‘career gap year’ project way back in the 1980s and now long gone.

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Art and TimeThe aged tree parts have lain like this for 20 or 30 years already, after collection and the burning that artistically blackened. It is hoped Black & White Boutique will maintain its form and contrast. time will tell.  Sandra Welsman

Variations.

Walter Mason organic, temporary, striking.

Michael Grab sculpture from stones on display.