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Free Flowers for Us – Renee Hay Exhibition
April 28 - May 15
Renee Hay is an artist exploring the self and what lies beneath the
surface through mixed media charcoal, ink and acrylic.
Launch Event 28 April 5:30 – 7pm
77 Beach Road Torquay
This series of work is about awe I suppose. Awe in its rawest form,
that untamed and unfiltered feeling we have when we come across
something new, the kind of awe that takes our breath away.
In essence I would say it has come about through observing my
children play in the world around them. The way they interact with a
plant, a bird, even a snail. The look of complete and utter surprise,
the natural giggle, and the absolute awe they exhibit astounds me.
I would be crazy if I didn’t recognise this, it’s such a slap in the face
to see how incredible the world is to someone who hasn’t become
complacent with what it shows us.
There are the gardeners, the artists, and the nature lovers amongst
us who appreciate this feeling that the natural world provides us
with. But very rarely as adult’s do, we go in search of that feeling of
awe that it can also provide us with.
I wonder if this is because others may think we are crazy walking
around barefoot on cold days, eating sticks, jumping in puddles,
picking a ridiculous volume of flowers just because we can’t help
ourselves, sitting down in a field of dandelions, getting downright
muddy and wearing that all day. Have we become so concerned by
what others will think of us that we have learnt to only appreciate
but not be in awe of what surrounds us?
I not so recently walked barefoot on mossy boggy soil in the middle
of winter in Tasmania, just because my eldest daughter seemed to
be loving it so much. I needed to see what all the fuss was about, so
off came my gumboots and very thick socks to embrace the cold.
Clearly, she knew something I didn’t, she had no concern what
anyone else thought, just living in her own little moment of time.
When I put my bare feet onto the mossy, boggy wet ground I got the
biggest surprise of my life, the ground was warm, like a bath, in the
middle of winter. This I can only describe as wide eyed awe.