Descending Hogget (2020)
This drawing is not framed. It will require framing by the buyer.
Layers of mark-making media were applied between layers of transparent gesso to create this little drawing. The title references an almost archaic term (in Australia), i.e. "hogget" which is used to describe an older lamb. My father was a farmer, but I don't remember this word ever being used. We used to call them "fat lambs". I've formally studied linguistics and am interested in words; I found the word "hogget" to describe this stage of sheep growth. I also found that the term appears to be quite common in England - at least according to my research on the internet. Originally a leaping lamb, I decided he looked as though he were descending from the stormy heavens, hence the title "Descending Hogget".
I grew up on a mixed farm, until I went to high school aged 11 in the Wimmera district in Victoria Australia. At high school, unable to timetable both Art and Math, I studied the latter by correspondence in the school library. I was not very disciplined and spent most of my time looking through Art books. Later, I completed a Diploma in Fine Art (Painting), and a Graduate Diploma (Sculpture). Wanting to travel, I gained further qualifications in teaching, linguistics, and languages.
My work is largely auto-biographical and incorporates elements of my history and my future goals – even before I am consciously aware of these goals or historical references myself. I am currently drawing with a variety of mark-making media, and painting in both acrylic and oils.
I believe that practice, and physiological and mental predispositions, combined with life and incidental circumstances, confirm the direction and so-called talent of any individual. As humans who have evolved and endured, we sought patterns in nature which helped our species to survive. Now we revive those patterns in our culture. We see relationships everywhere; in nature, mathematics, science, storytelling, music and in the visual arts etc. We often are unconsciously aware of these patterns.