Material Girl entry …..2014 finalist


I am really pleased that for the third consecutive year my entry in Tasmania’s Material Girl Exhibition has made the finals. This year’s theme is Tall poppies…. late bloomers. I pondered a portrait of “tall poppies’, Mother Moses being a favourite “tall poppy, and very much a “late bloomer”. I love painting poppies, especially on silk, so did contemplate maybe a literal interpretation. Then I thought of doing a very minimalist contemporary style work…. a single (actual) poppy seed glued onto a large canvas (medium: “collage” I suppose). That would be titled simple “Potential”.
After listening to Jane Lamont talk at the launch, where the amazing woman described herself as rather a short, yellow,daisy I started thinking along another line. I love the variety of friends and family in my life, tall poppies or not. I love the variety of flowers in the garden and that they reveal their full glory at different times. So my entry is “Not all tall poppies” the acrylic painted with a palette knife, an image of which I posted about a month ago.

Acrylic on canvas painted with a palette knife.  "Not all Tall Poppies" Material Girl 2014 Finalist

Acrylic on canvas painted with a palette knife.
“Not all Tall Poppies”
Material Girl 2014 Finalist


Accompanying Artist’s Statement
Variety is the “spice of Life”. Genetics, environment, life’s circumstances…. all contribute to what something is and when potential will be maximised.
A world full of only tall poppies would not have the colour, interest and variety of “my” world with all it’s magnificent individuals.

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2 comments on “Material Girl entry …..2014 finalist

  1. merril thompson says:

    oh its gorgeous, evelyn! and I agree with your statement too. Me, i’m a failed entrant, but who knows, maybe next year? and I had fun doing it – a tribute to my daughter, so not wasted! These themes are a great challenge, give shape to the art. And these days, we can always sell copies.

    • Only I tend to sell the original Merril…. may have to change though and list nfs. Would be rather nice to have my own Material Girl originals archives. Have my non accepted painting/collage from 2010 (first time entered), my glass sculpture from 2012, sold 2013 and this year’s for sale. Have been very lucky to have work as finalist 3 years in a row.

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