Paper mosaic

Where there's a will...

A few destroyed magazines and a couple of days later, we have a collage.
‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’, paper, 29cm x 42cm, 2014.
This theme was inspired by two artist’s works; a cartoon by the Australian national treasure, Michael Leunig, and  the children’s book, ‘The Red Tree’ by Shaun Tan, an eternal source of awe.

Leunig Shaun Tan

The New Agronomist

Collage

This collage is my response to an article I read in National Geographic, (July 2014) titled ‘The Next Breadbasket’ about land leasing by some African Governments to foreign corporations in preparation for a population increase of 2 billion by 2050. The article can be read here.

The making of ‘Golden fish’ collage

Audio credit: Rhythm & Sound

Collage

Untitled

My studio now looks like a bomb has hit it – bits of paper absolutely everywhere.
‘Untitled’, 29cm x 42cm, 2014.

3d collage

Untitled

Still exploring the collage road, I decided to approach it from a more 3 dimensional perspective this time.

Equipped for the modern frontier

Collage

A lovely afternoon spent with scissors and glue as a break from the past months of painting. Titled ‘Equipped for the modern frontier’, paper and compass, 40cm x 27cm.

They had denial down to an art form

final

‘They had denial down to an art form’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

I am interested in the herd-mentality-denial of climate change as perpetuated by mass media and a lack of real leadership by governments and corporations with vested interests in consumption-based economics. This is the second in my series about failure to act on climate change which I am exploring this through the eyes of animal protagonists. They have somehow escaped the fate of the majority of ‘the civilised world’, and survived to pay witness to the remnants we left behind us.

Finished.

In studio

With great relief, I think I can say it is finished.
‘They had denial down to an art form’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

They had denial down to an art form

Detail

Detail from ‘They had denial down to an art form’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

In progress

Detail

Detail from the right side of ‘They had denial down to an art form’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, in progress.

When I was searching for environments in which to place my animals which could represent a future scenario if we fail to act on climate change, I found this photo of an abandoned theatre in Detroit. I am yet to add some shoes and open cans of beans.

In progress

They had denial down to an art form

‘They had denial down to an art form’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, in progress.
I am interested in the herd-mentality-denial of climate change as perpetuated by mass media and a lack of real leadership by governments and corporations with vested interests in consumption-based economics. This is the second in my series about mass failure to act on climate change which I am exploring this through the eyes of animal protagonists. They have somehow escaped the fate of the majority of ‘the civilised world’, and survived to pay witness to the remnants we left behind.

Detail

Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it

Detail from ‘Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

Detail

'Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it'

Detail from ‘Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

Finally finished

Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it

‘Their delusion had a pathetic sweetness to it’, 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas, 2014.

Homeward stretch

zebra-in-progress

Almost finished. Painting these works feels like what I could imagine running a long distance marathon might feel like (if I were so inclined).

Artist Statements of the Old Masters

The Bathers

ARTIST’S STATEMENTS OF THE OLD MASTERS
I could not agree with this brilliant article more. I am currently in the last semester of Master of Visual Arts and am barely passing because I refuse to reference philosophers such as Foucault, or spout words like ‘materiality, nexus, dystopia, convergence, metaphysics’. I am being graded on my ability (or inability) to play a game which I don’t believe in, not on my ability to paint. I thought I enrolled in a Visual Arts coarse, but it seems ‘Art’ in 2014 is actually another language, and it certainly isn’t visual. I consider it a sad state of affairs indeed when so many galleries are full of work which is merely an accessory to the ‘artist’s’ gift of the gab. It makes me think of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Emperor’s New Clothes

In progress

Detail
“What did you do today Jodi?”
“Added detail to a doll’s head which is covered in decades of grime”

In progress

Zebra
Detail from work in progress. It is slow going, but I am enjoying it none the less. Still trying to decide upon the right name for this which eludes to the concept behind it, without serving it up on a plate so to speak.

The nothing is coming


“…because people who have no hopes are easy to control”

In progress

Untitled (Zebra)
Mid-stage of this painting 122cm x 77cm, oil on canvas.

Rich Man, Poor Man now available on Amazon

Cover

Rich Man, Poor Man published by Tate Publishing is now available on Amazon!
http://www.amazon.com/Rich-Man-Poor-J-Poulter/dp/1630636495

Work in progress

Sebastian
Early stages of this painting so far. I am pondering names. Perhaps “Sebastian awoke one day to realise he was alone”, or “It turned out they were not overly skilled at planning ahead”, or “They got their way”…

Sebastian

Cow in oils
I feel that I have not properly resolved my ‘style’ when working with oils, so here I have painted Sebastian as a small style test. Also trying a couple of new techniques with colour mixing and paint application.

Sebastian

Sebastian

Sebastian is a pencil drawing study for one of a series of paintings I am in the process of composing at the moment.
I admit to being truly inspired by the work of Martin Wittfooth whose work has provided me with a starting point from where to approach similar themes (which I am passionate about) in a different style. I believe art should inspire either feelings, thoughts or action. Failing these, it is decoration.

Martin Wittfooth’s Beautiful and Disturbing Paintings of Animals in Post-Apocalyptic Settings

jodimagi:

Wow.

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

Martin Wittfooth’s intensely allegorical paintings all suggest the future of the human condition — without showing a single person. The Brooklyn-based painter has transcended the illustrative genre and entered into the realm of modern masterworks, using a time-honored painterly tradition that may be painstaking, but reveals incredible depth in both medium and content. His paintings are haunting in that they have a feeling of real possibility. The familiar scenes hint of dystopia and disrepair; their animal subjects are beautiful, but also betray that something in this world is amiss. In light of the long-awaited recognition and acceptance of climate change, Wittfooth’s work has an undercurrent of forewarning about what could happen if humans don’t get our act together. We spoke to the artist about his post-apocalyptic vision, classic style, and the symbolism of using animals instead of people as subjects.

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Collage in progress

 

National Geographic collage

Feeling the need to be creative today, and perhaps as an antidote to the many hours spent animating recently, I got out the good old fashioned scissors and glue. This is the beginning of a piece made completely from images from National Geographic. I think this is the start of a new stylistic and medium direction, though I am still very interested in discussing mass media, consumerism and climate change themes.

Interview

This is a great online magazine, which also happens to have published an interview with yours truly.
http://minusthebox.org/

Upgradia

 

Upgradia – still moments in time

These are high resolution prints, 60cm x 60cm of moments in time as they appear in a short animation I have created titled ‘Upgradia’. It is an exploration of the relationship between innocence, mass media and consumerism.

Upgradia - various Upgradia_print2 Upgradia_print3 Upgradia_print4 Upgradia_print5

Miasma – still moments in time.

The montages below are high resolution re-creations of moments in time, similar to the way the animation appears at intervals.
I am exploring the relationship between innocence, mass media and consumerism.

Miasmaprint-1Miasmaprint-2Miasmaprint-3Miasma - variousmiasma-print-5

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