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(69) Janine Hall - St Elmo Breakwater Lighthouse - Entrance to Grand Harbour - Valetta, Malta
About this Artwork
When presented with an historic image of “In the Grand Harbour, Valetta, Malta”, it got me interested in its history. It has been a consistent defensive site against enemy attacks on the island, and I thought this was an apt focus in the time of COVID19.
This piece shows no opening to the Grand Harbour due to its tight portrait composition. IT captures the islanders defensive use of this man-made structure against the their enemies.
This artwork is portrayed in a time when our Australian borders are closed, in order to contain the wrath of the COVID 19 enemy against our islanders. However our defence is not a wall, but rather an oceanic mote that provides us our protection. It is the play between open and closed oceans, open and closed borders, open and closed nations – exploring where freedom and incarceration begin and end. So apt for the history of our great country.
I am entranced with the water that surrounds me and love to capture its many mysteries and moods. It is an endless source of freedom, joy, foreboding, love, relaxation, calm and energy.
I want the viewer to FEEL something, anything. I love to connect the viewer to the landscape in a way that brings pleasure, emotion, joy, curiosity – a place to contemplate the image as seen by them alone. We all experience art and imagery so differently, and that is the true wonder of art. It is never experienced in the same way by any 2 people.
I came to art to treat depression, and it has become my medicine, my joy, my love, and the reactions from the viewing public are exhilarating. I work from my studio in Bronte, NSW. I have no formal art education, as most of my career has been in financial services. Hence my need to balance the left brain/right brain ratio. It’s still a work in progress.
Janine was supplied with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:
The story of the world and it’s peoples.
In the Grand Harbour at Velletta, Malta.