The previous 3 posts are sketches I did while trying to visualize the matriarch from the book of the same name. She’s a proud Maori woman, head of a large family, obviously… So far I’ve gathered that she’s a bit of a diva, has the killer instinct and wears a tattoo on her chin which was commonplace for Maori women in her era. The author referred to Renata Tibaldi’s voice as a description of the Matriarch’s essence, so I did a search on YouTube for her. As I listened to her sing I was transported into another time and place! Being the classy individual I am, this was my first taste of “that opera stuff”, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked it! But if you tell my mates I will DENY it… I am in the process of cutting Lino for a print now, if it is successful you will see the end result. If it crashes and burns you might still see it! I am using a $2 carving set which is ridiculously blunt, and I haven’t carved Lino since I was about 7 years old, so chances are you’ll see something… creative.
Well It’s been a couple of days now and all I’ve done is a short brainstorm about the matriarch. I can’t read fast enough I tell you!! How interesting it is that as soon as I find a theme (this is what has stopped me from doing my art up until now…), I suddenly have a desperate urge to remove weeds from in between the paving stones… What am I so afraid of?!?! Tomorrow I genuinely do have some pressing matters to attend to, but once they are done I intend to have some sketches (at least!) to show you. Hmmm, accountability…
I have just started reading "The Matriarch" by Witi Ihimaera. Apparently this is an awesome book, full of Maori culture, family dynamics and spooky, spiritual deliciousness! It sounds so creative that I can't wait to dive into it! I was very inspired by another blogger, "Daub." at wordpress.com, who has created artworks based on the story of David and Bathsheba. So I have decided to follow suit and create some "Matriarch" inspired art. At this point my mind is screaming: "You've just told the whole world you're going to do this! Now you'll actually have to DO it!!!" What can I say, I have been struggling to find a theme for EVER. Now i have one! Thank you Daub. You rock!