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What’s With the Guy in the Cardboard Box?

What’s with the guy in the box?

In conjunction with ‘W h i s p e r’, which is on now at The Lost Ones Gallery in Ballarat – I thought I would give a brief what and why about #mrboxie…

Boxie originated in Bali. I had been surfing a wild reef and on my third day there I was hit by a wave and then hit the reef. Fracturing bones in my hand and also lacerating my arm, shoulder and back as well – I got my ‘Bali Tattoo’. For the remainder of the trip I was unable to go surfing. The only thing I could do was sit by the pool and go and do touristy things.

It was during these tourist excursions that I noticed nearly every tourist was walking into the shrines, temples and anywhere in between – with their camera already in-front of their face – only to take an image and turn around and walk away without ever lowering the camera to view the scene.

I stewed on this for days and remembered similar scenes at the 12 apostles, near home. When I returned to Melbourne I had the idea in my head of people running around with cardboard boxes on their torso and a small glow emanating from the bottom, effectively cutting them off from the outside world.

I painted these figures angrily into the landscapes of Bali, until a designer friend came to visit the studio and said how much she loved the figures- which made me happy – and how happy they made her.  This stopped me dead in my tracks, happiness was definitely not the outcome I had seeked from Mrboxie. Yet later that night I realised what a gift it was, it turns out that nearly everyone is polarised by this little figure ambling through the landscape. A Rorschach blot Boxie has almost become. For my friend boxie reminded her of her childhood playing in cardboard box – as most will remember if someone were lucky enough to get something that came in a large box, the box would then become the centre of all play.

It was not until I ran out of friends willing to pose in the box trundling around the streets that I had to enter the box myself. Inside I found it warm and comforting – cocoon like – the sounds outside were muffled and my own body heat reflected off the cardboard and warmed me. I was self-contained in more ways than one. It reminded me of my sanctuary that I found when in the bathroom at home – the only room with a lock on the door – from there it became my armour and camouflage. What better shape to blend into a city than a vertical rectangle?

 

 

March 15 – 16th Weekend Exhibition & Arts Trail!

Fire Drill 96 x 130cm Oil on Belgian Linen 2014Looking for something to do next weekend? Well, I’ve just started wrapping up my latest exhibition and the few remaining pieces are going on a little drive to The Golden Plains, just west of Geelong in Victoria. If you want to see some of the works pop into 984 Winjeel Rd (from the Hamilton Highway turn South onto Wingeel Rd. Studio is First on the left) on Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 5pm.

There you will also see some phenomenal sculptural works by Lucy McEachern and Deb Chirnside.

As you can see if you click on the link above there are some very strong works by Lucy, well worth a look in their own right. For the full arts trail download this PDF or take a look at the Golden Plains Arts Trail Website

(apologies to anyone who missed the exhibition from my email ans subscribers list, apparently the transfers were made, then unmade – it was only resolved this weekend by wordpress, things unfortunately do happen. But don’t worry their will be more in the future)

A Sin, My Friend.

I can never quite get this painting to reproduce like it is. There are so many thin layers of paint over the sky that it seems to vibrate in your eyes… So I’ve added a few close up shots. This was intended for the Blake religious prize, yet it didn’t cut the rug and ended up in my studio instead… There seems to be a bit of fly droppings on one of the shots, please excuse!