As our city and the neighbourhood of Paddington becomes more urbanised, we are gravitatng towards imagery and themes that bring us closer to the natural world where we connect with each other on a deeper level. I am interested in the way floral imagery would be perceived in this laneway space and would like to propose an anamorphic twist on the idea of a mural work.
An anamorphic work is one that appears perfectly normal from one angle and completely distorted from all other angles. I have created these sorts of works in the past to use as signage as shown in my previous work. Research confirms that just looking at an image of a natural landscape or form can improve stress management, concentration and mood so I believe it would serve the mental health of residents and create a playful, wondrous environment. These unexpected shapes would break up residents’ routines and encourage more residents and visitors to explore the lane ways.
Paddington is known for its’ beautiful nooks so the aim for the work is to not only be decorative but to also have a strong sense of experience and interaction with the public.My design combines the human hand with a floral / plant - based motif referencing the blooming of the laneway.
This exploration of the relationship between the human and the plant world is something I am currently exploring and is a striking symbol for the care we must take with the environment. This distorted image will stop people in their tracks and encourage them to take the time to understand and see the image.
The proposal seeks to create an engaging, surprising and intriguing presence to Perry lane.
As a gesture towards the lonely dog, an extend arm with an apple in the hand comes out of the picture frame. It becomes a modern connotation to a fruit full of symbols used in paintings over centuries.
The picture frame is a reminder of Paddington’s cultural heritage, where antique shops and galleries proliferate.
When put together, those elements create a sense of mystery, and open the door to imagination.
For the Perry Lane Project the theme of my work came from the curatorial students of UNSW for their exhibition within the laneway – ‘Seeing and Being Seen’.
I wanted to create a mini story within the alcoves that was playful and fun, and where the shapes of the alcoves became very much a part of the work.
Fellow artist Luke Power created two geometric sculptures for this exhibition challenging the viewer to look at a space differently. I thought it would be fun to echo the geometric lines within his artwork in mine, extending the shapes and space within the alcoves out further into the laneway.
The images reflect on how we interact within social spaces, within social norms and expectations, and how we feel within these.
Titled 'Dive in to Relax'. My mural uses blues and teals to create an Ocean Oasis in the heart of Paddington. This can be taken literally, or perhaps it is asking the viewer to dive into Paddington and all it has to offer. The three swimmers are beautiful and serene, one is diving from a down pipe while the others are swimming, placed low down on the wall. Their purpose is to calm any passing pedestrian.
I have considered the existing murals and their use of the dark grey wall as an integral part of their artworks when planning my composition. I have used this grey as the base of my design and created the Oasis using geometric shapes on top of loose brushstrokes low on the wall. Pops of tangerine and mustard against the blues will move the viewer’s eye around the artwork.
This artwork will express two interweaving paths. In warm and cool colours, these sets of lines will embark upon separate, though at times interweaving trajectories. The work plays into my wider interest in perceptual experience in urban navigation – particularly, this work expresses the possibility for two people to walk down the same street yet have radically different experiences.
When encountering this work the viewer will be drawn to track the trajectory of the two paths with their eyes, as they snake and loop around, sometimes overlapping and sometimes taking on improbable perspectival shifts. While the shapes the paths carve out may feel architectural in nature, these plays on perspective will draw the viewer to think more of imagined or impossible spaces than ones they may encounter in the real world. The moments where the lines overlap will create exciting interplays of contrasting colours, and subtle moiré effects, dazzling the eyes of pedestrians passing by.
Jo Lockley & Steve Cakebread:
Our artwork feature a selection of 'hybrid tropical animal' who are at ease in their natural rainforest habitat. With this work, we endeavoured to comment on diversity and integration in the Paddington, Darlinghurst, Kings Cross and Sydney Precinct.
We wanted to show that difference can result in beauty within a community and all those distinctions can be celebrated in a colourful array of culture and habitat.
We also wanted our mural to be interactive for young children and families having fun identifying animals and what their new names could be... butter-birds or frog-flies?!
“The ibis is a well-known inhabitant of the city of Sydney and you can see them walk naturally among people looking for food.
The geometric elements of strong colour contrast with the black and white of the birds just as the slow movements of the ibis exist in contrast to the multi-coloured and frantic city.
In this project I have taken into account the other murals to be integrated into the whole, accentuating the height of the site and playing with movement of the different gazes of the three ibis.”