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Britt Merrylees Art Blog – My First Exhibition!
BRITT MERRYLEES_BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER_750MM

As I scrolled through a local art group on Facebook, one particular post instantly caught my eye. It was an ad for an upcoming art exhibition called “Texture 2”. It screamed my name & of course I had to enter. If you are a regular reader of my blogs, you would know that texture has always been a core aspect of my creations; and most of my artwork is based on the variations and underlying compositions of texture. It is this very element that really allows me to not only express myself but engage art enthusiasts to connect physically, through a sense of touch, with my art pieces.

 

On Wednesday I submitted my piece with hopes of it being accepted. Now here’s the exciting news, my piece was chosen to be part of the art exhibition and this marks my first official exhibition ever since I embarked on pursing art full-time. With pure happiness, I must say that I am stoked to have my own art showcased at Art Studio Co-operative in Gosford, NSW. Without a doubt, words cannot describe how surreal this is for me.

 

As I reflected on my accomplishments within less than a year, it sparked my inspiration to continue my dream, and to move forward no matter what. It is moments like these that helps me see my true purpose, and pushes me to channel extra energy into my art.

 

Crafting my artwork starts from the selection of colours that will merge effortlessly into its own unique shape, form and story. The piece that will be displayed at the exhibition is titled “Blood Is Thicker Than Water”. It was done using composite colours, the soothing colour of blue, and the emotionally warm colour, orange. Somehow, I knew it needed a spark, it needed a bit more vibrancy, something to add depth and a touch more dimension, so I thought red would be the best fit. Most times when I am creating works of art it is done free from control. In other words, I don’t restrict my creativity into a specific theme or thought. When I am finished painting a piece I tune into what I have done and reflect upon it, this reveals to me its essence, the story it tells.

 

As with “Blood is Thicker than water”, its name only came to me after it was completed. With much confidence, I think the name is due to my recent engagement in self-reflections of my childhood experiences, self-awareness and getting in touch with my inner-youth. But, the one thing that stood out was my loyalty to my family, the unconditional love that we share for each other and the support they have given me throughout my existence. This aspect was clearly revealed to me in this piece, while all the colours intertwined into each other, the red is quite dominant. The orange and red can be seen as the “blood”, the binding element that represents the love, affection and bliss between my family and I. Ironically, the reference to “water” catches my major influence from since childhood while living on the coast that out-looked the tranquil ocean; it all came together perfectly.

 

Now that you know the hidden meaning in my art piece, come on down and see this piece with your own eyes. The exhibition is hosting an opening reception on Saturday May 20th, 2017 from 2 to 4 pm at Art Studios – 391 Main St, North Gosford, 2250. Unfortunately, I won’t be there, as I have another commitment however, please comment below if you have any questions.

 

TEXTURE invite final

May 17, 2017 in Creativity Exhibitions

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