Friday, November 29, 2013

A Bird in Hand

A few months ago a lovely journalist, Tess Curran and an equally lovely photographer, Alarna Zinn from Peppermint Magazine came to visit me in my studio.  The gorgeous 5 page article is now published in their latest issue #20.  I'm absolutely thrilled to be included in this terrific magazine and to be given such a generous spread with such a thoughtfully written article which covers all the main ideas I wanted to get across.  
There are lots of other great articles in the issue as well, with a focus on music - great summer holiday reading. 

the gorgeous cover

so lucky to be given full page images of my birds;
Ellis' Paradise, 2011 - after Ellis Rowan, 1917

and Madeira's Lyre, 2010 - after John William Lewin, c.1815

and a small photo of Last Gasp, 2013 - after Maria Sybilla Merian, 1670
and a sneek-peek at Let the Jungle In, 2013 my reclaimed 
bamboo birdcage sculpture at Yering Station 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

the 'jungle' turns...

Sorry to keep blowing the trumpet, but for those who've only seen the still images of my Yering sculpture 'Let the Jungle In', here is a short video my son took of the work turning, as it's meant to do, in my studio (it's not quite finished - not as many tendrilly bits and not as beautifully high as at Yering) but the close up shots are quite wonderful I think. I'm sorry the resolution is not very good - YouTube seems to compress things very badly!!
If you would like me to email you the video directly let please feel free to contact me on

Let the jungle in, 2013
This work takes its title from Rudyard Kipling’s tale of the jungle’s revenge on civilization. Domestic needlework which is disappearing, along with many plants and animals that inspired it, becomes a jungle. A human heart motif, extracted and freed from the bamboo birdcage, creates a cavity through which we can imagine “letting in the jungle”.

Louise Saxton is represented by Gould Galleries, Melbourne 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

2013 Yering Station Sculpture Award - winner!

For those who don't already know (thanks to my Facebook
self promotion) I am incredibly fortunate to have been
awarded the 2013 Yering Station Sculpture Award,
for my first large sculptural work 'Let the Jungle In'

An emotional moment - receiving the Yering Station
Sculpture Award from Kelly Gelatly and Jason Smith

With my boys - Colin & Rory - I could not
have got this far in my career without their support

Before the awards
were announced

Joan contemplating
the 'jungle' or perhaps the 
price tag on the floor label?

'The Heart' 

'Nest' and 'Heart' of the Jungle

me and my jungle on instal day

I like this angled shot

and the beautiful reflective pool looking
across to the historic barn where the
Awards were announced!