I am very excited to announce that from May 17th my work will be in a group exhibition, Fashion as Muse, at Studio Montclair, New Jersey.
I have 2 works in the show. ‘Salty Siren’ and ‘Muse in Iceberg Dress’. Both have been posted before but I have been finessing them ready to varnish so I will post them again.
I am taking a risk with the framing of ‘Salty Siren’ in corrugated metal provided by Krista at Mona Lisa Framing. It will definitely create a WOW factor and I am really looking forward to seeing it on the wall.
Maplewood/South Orange NJ is an excellent place for taking art classes. At the moment I am refining my skills with a view to doing intuitive mixed media portraits. I am experimenting with photographs, painting, collage and also transferring images onto different types of papers and surfaces.
I have taken a few art classes since moving to South Orange NJ which have been great for improving my skills and meeting some excellent teachers and lovely people.
I have done some water color classes with Evelyn Graves
at the 1978 Gallery
in Maplewood NJ. Evelyn also does amazing collage work. Very inspiring!
Thank you Kathryn Huang Photography www.kathrynphoto.com
for the DSLR Demystified class. A one off fund raising class for Marshall Elementary in South Orange, NJ. I learnt an immense amount about my camera in 1 1/2 hours. It was brilliant.
Thank you Dorothy Kuehn for 3 x 3 hour Mixed Media and Digital Art classes at The Baird South Orange
NJ . Dot and Jan Kerr had fabulous information about printing and transferring digital images to all sorts of surfaces. It was fantastic and my class ladies were lovely.
Last but not least I am working on my figurative painting skills using acrylic with some weekly classes at Geralyn’s Art Studio
in Maplewood NJ .
It is probably evident that most of my work incorporates a contemplation of the natural world and the human (female) place within it. These thoughts are tied to an idealised remembrance of a childhood spent exploring nature in the near pristine urban bush of an Australian seaside suburb and being able to immerse myself in the glorious playground of the beach and ocean. I feel blessed for that time and the inner freedom it gave me. I feel a little sad that my children, for many reasons, won’t experience anything like it.
“Casual wear by urban cascade” expresses, among other things, a helplessness relating to the change we are imposing on our world. How will Earth be in 100 years from now? How will she be in 1000?
Surrogate Self – Mixed media collage © EJMunro 2013
Has it really been that long since I made use of this Blog I thought was a good idea to create?
Here are some recent works since settling in South Orange NJ – the Greater New York Area. What a feat of international relocation. Moving half way round the world is not for the faint of heart or the haters of freezing temperatures!
It’s not quite NYC but it’s pretty close. This is a view of Lower Manhattan on a gorgeous summer evening in Jersey City. The Munro’s have arrived in fact we have been here for almost three weeks. I sacrificed five months of creative work to get here. Relocation is a job in itself. Now I can plan my career as an artist based in the USA. My time starts now!
If a work is visually challenging is it less of a work? If it does not hang quietly on a wall to please and relax should it be let hang at all? Deepwater Blue is about man vs nature inspired by the tragic oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010. The subject matter is challenging hence so is the work. Where does the eye settle or should it when contemplating such a human made tragedy. Metaphoric mother nature tries to stem the black tide. Which is the treasure the oil or the environment it ruins?
Deepwater Blue, 40×55, magazine mixed media © EJMunro 2010