Plate 118

(97) Nada Murphy – Lost Chapter (Australia)

(1038) Judith Shaylor – The Conkers’ Game (Scotland)

About this Artwork
Price: $195 AUD

The Lost chapter reflects on a variety of indigenous fruits to include coral berries, blue quandong, wild strawberries, munties, desert quandong, gubinge, blue tongue and rosella. These plants are rich food sources that many of us are unfamiliar with. The European bias leaves knowledge about these fruits lost to most. Fortunately, we are in a time of reawakening hopefully before these fruits are simply gone. My own adventures on country have me questioning how the land provides nourishment for us and in working this small collection, I am reminded of the adventures and works, of Ellis Rowan known as the “Flower Hunter” because of her passion for documenting the flowers she found during her travels. On occasion she also documented the fruits.

About Nada

My work investigates stories in the landscape and the connections of people to the land.
I paint, draw, print, build forms in glass, work with textiles and write.
I am digging into the layers of story that our country tells, building a deeper understanding of and respect for the country we walk on. My explorations take me along riverbeds, the riparian zones and into the delicacies of the vegetation, and to the surround space, parallel to people’s stories. My arts practice connects to the energy of the seasons, our water and the bedrock. The land is integrally connected to the question “Who walked here before?” and the lasting or transient imprint of humanity, with water stories being the thread than transcends.
Contemporary life is many ways disconnects people from the land, so the art works pull that back into contemporary consciousness. My artspace is also a place where I help people to engage with creativity, establish creative identities and explore ideas whilst connecting to our land through creative expression. I enjoy collaborative projects that promote a sense of wellbeing and community.

Link to Nada’s Art Aviso profile HERE

Nada was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia
Volume 6
The World and its work-Agriculture, producing food from the land.
Berries and Fruits of the countryside.

About this Artwork
Price: 350 EUR

Looking at the page I was given, which was an illustration of berries and fruits of the countryside painted by the illustrator Ernest Aris, my eyes were immediately drawn to the horse chest nuts and I immediately thought of my youth and playing the game of Conkers.I wanted to incorporate most of the berries and fruits into the image, but I didn’t want to reproduce an image of children playing conkers. That’s when I decided to turn the tables and create this surreal image, where the conkers themselves are playing the game using human eyes as their play things. The rest of the fruits and berries are watching the game, and a crow waits in anticipation for one of the eyes to drop to the floor. I chose Elizabethan dress to add drama and intrigue to the image, and chose to paint in oils to give the image the look of an old master painting.

About Judith

Judith Shaylor was born in Wolverhampton, U.k in 1966. At the age of 16 she studied for a BTEC at Bournville school of art, where she specialised in textiles and ceramics. She went on to study for a B.A Hons in the Drawing and Painting Department at Edinburgh College of Art, where her main disciplines were Tapestry and Printmaking.
Today the artist sees herself as a multidisciplinary artist – each idea she has, often generates the need for a different style, a different material, even at times a different mindset in order to create something original and exciting. The Artist uses paint, collage, weaving, embroidery, photography, installation to achieve her aim: to create original work which will go on to hopefully excite, intrigue, and move her audience. 

Link to Judith’s Art Aviso Profile HERE

Judith was provided with the following page from Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia:

Volume 6
The World and its work-Agriculture, producing food from the land.
Berries and Fruits of the countryside