Plate 140

(167) Liliana Stafford (Australia) – Stone Key

(1035) Anthony Carey (Ireland) – Alexandra,The Keystone

About this Artwork
Price: $200 AUD

The page ‘A Stone Key’ spoke to me of magic, alchemy, language and hidden knowledge.
Stones have been around from the beginning and contain knowledge that unlocks our understanding of the natural world.
Language is mankind’s key to unlocking this knowledge.
In this piece I wanted language and the natural world to collide. The paper is printed using rust from an old jetty washed by the sea, a process using alchemy.
If we could read the language of stones we would know more how to live in and with the natural world .The first language was marks on a stone. Stones hold knowledge going back to the beginning of time. I wanted something old so I chose rust from a jetty to make my print, then I created language-marks on paper echoing those original marks on stone. But are they words or images? They are universal marks in a language we can give our own meaning to.

About Liliana

Liliana Stafford works in acrylic, ink, graphite, pencil, charcoal and watercolour on gallery stretched box canvases which are mostly unframed. Stafford also works on paper, and raw linen. Her sculptures are made with paper, wire, grasses and natural found objects. Her drawings are non-objective and expressive. Liliana’s style is a blend of abstract minimalism and expressionism. ’Seeing means closing your eyes’ – Wols (Alfred Otto Wolfgang Shultze.)
Through her drawings, paintings and sculptures, Liliana filters the experiences of her life and gives them form. Liliana Stafford’s work is inspired by seen and unseen worlds colliding, referencing simultaneously the natural world and layered human relations. She is fascinated by the unseen manifested physical: an invisible wind moving a visible leaf.
In Liliana’s own words, ‘Nature cannot speak for itself, so others must find a way to speak for it.’ Through her work Liliana strives to challenge our perceptions of the natural world and how we interact as humans within it, with it and with each other.
Her 3D works are created through knitting, knotting and weaving natural materials: wire, stone,paper and twine. These natural materials are used to represent invisible energies while the stones, leaves and found materials are reference points for that energy. These works depict a collision of that energy, memory and significant interaction (human and/or animal). The wire work is like drawing in the air, making manifest what can only be felt.

Link to Liliana’s Art Aviso profile HERE

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

Newnes’ Pictorial Knowledge Encyclopedia.
Volume 9
On things that interest you and me.
A stone Key

About this Artwork
Price: $300 EUR

The Rosetta Stone contains a decree inscribed three times, in hieroglyphs-suitable for a priestly decree, Demotic-the language of the people, and Ancient Greek-the language of the administration.

Following the conquest of Egypt, Ptolemy, a general with Alexander the Great became Pharoah Ptolemy I. Up until the death of Cleopatra almost 300 years later Egypt was a Hellenistic civilisation with Greek as the language of the ruling class.

At the time of its discovery scholars could still read Ancient Greek, and the Rosetta Stone became a valuable key to deciphering the hieroglyphs.

This piece is based upon the colours of the ruling classes of the day. Michaels Harding Lapis Lazuli (natural ultramarine) to represent the Greek, Manetti 23ct gold leaf to represent Egyptian and white the colour of the garments of the priests.

The best Lapis Lazuli has been mined in Afghanistan for over 6,000 years and was worth its weight in gold. Along with its beauty it was believed that it had many metaphysical qualities that made it highly sought after in ancient civilisations.

The colours are applied in the order they are found on the stone with the Lapis as the bottom colour, the foundation of understanding. Linking the three sections together is a partially broken Greek meander line connecting all three scripts together.

The 23ct gold leaf contains visible brush strokes underneath with areas polised slightly to show evidence of wear.

The title of this piece ‘Alexandra’ after my wife and granddaughter.

About Anthony

Anthony Carey is a practising artist and design instructor based in Dublin, Ireland.
Incorporating drawing, painting, sculpture, photography and video into his practice allows him explore different forms of abstracted objects and ideas that evolvein an ongoing quest to distil the essence of the moment into distinctive visual remnants.
Working across a variety of media Carey’s work centres on the use of lines, shape and superimposed layers that can lead to a tangled web of interconnectedness and fragmentation of recalled emotional memory.
This recall can sometimes seem irrational as our memories become falsely intertwined with unrelated objects. The resulting meaning can change depending upon the context and the viewer. The viewer is encouraged to meet this work in their own way and on their own terms. Carey has self-published books in areas related to both the arts and also humour, as solo projects and in collaboration with family members. He has taken part in group exhibitions in galleries and book fairs in Dublin and the UK with work in private collections in Ireland, Belgium and America.

Link to Anthony’s Art Aviso profile HERE

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

Volume 9
On things that interest you and me.
A stone Key