Open Poem

Handmark Gallery, Hobart, 18 January – 19 February 2013

An open poem is one that does not follow the set forms for verse; it has a cadence and rhythm peculiar to itself.

The paintings in this exhibition vary widely in colour, in form and in subject matter. Like poetry, they often employ metaphor and allusion. Like an open poem, they claim a rhythm of their own.

The thread-like application of paint symbolizes for me connections, between past and present, between traditional “women’s work” and contemporary arts dialogue, between the art of different cultures and between written language and visual image.

Along with writing, the skills of making and mending with thread and yarn were among the first things I learnt and for me writing and stitch are closely associated. In my paintings I have developed a visual language through repetitious mark-making, often in lines running from left to right. The marks I make are a form of personal calligraphy by means of which I construct images that sometimes resemble textile, and sometimes text.

The word ‘open’ can of course also be applied to meaning. I hope that these paintings will evoke places, times and experiences particular to the viewer.

I present them to you as an open poem.

The following document is a speech written by Tasmanian poet Sarah Day to open Faridah Cameron’s exhibition Open Poem. As such, it was intended to be heard rather than read: Sarah Day’s speech

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Button Grass Plain. Acrylic on canvas, 70 x 90 cm

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Cause for Celebration. Acrylic on canvas, 108 x 115 cm

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Cloud Cover. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Crow Country. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Forest Sun. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Jacaranda Season. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Last Light. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Little Flowers – you used to see them everywhere. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Little Flowers – Diosma. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Little Flowers – Forget me nots. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Little Flowers – Lobelia. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Little Flowers – Violets. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Marigold Patch. Acrylic on canvas, 110 x 130 cm

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Native. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Night Sky Near Alice Remembered. Acrylic on canvas, 115 x 125 cm

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Points of Reference. Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 cm

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Poppy Seeds. Acrylic on canvas, 110 x 130 cm

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Sense of Direction. Acrylic on canvas, 180 x 180 cm

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Something to Remember I. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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Something to Remember II. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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The Music of What Happens. Acrylic on canvas, 120 x 120 cm

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The Sound of Bells, sketch. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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The Sound of Bells, the Scent of Celery. Acrylic on canvas, 110 x 130 cm

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Trellis. Acrylic on canvas, 45 x 45 cm

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