Wet Poetry

Photography: Trish Jean

The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.-Pablo Picasso

I can never be filled too much as a receptacle of emotions when it comes to water and photographing it and marveling at it. I love seeing the reflections and shape of the water.

A stroll in the Auburn Botanic Gardens recently was a real delight for the map of autumn played out on the bodies of water there. I had gone in to see part of the current exhibition associated with the Peacock Gallery and Arts Studio. Called Open Field, the exhibition includes art installed in the Gallery, and then silhouettes of the work installed in the Gardens, some of them in the Garden’s various bodies of water. You can see some of the silhouettes in the photo. My favourite picture is the one where the sky reflects off the water and onto the silhouette.

I couldn’t get any mobile data to download to play the guided talk that accompanies the walk through the Gardens to see the silhouettes, so I can’t remember the names and artists, but I must go back for another stroll before the exhibition ends in late June. It will be interesting to see what the Garden is looking like as the weather gets a bit cooler.

John Lennon said “My role in society, or any artist’s or poet’s role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.”

These photos capture the water expressing, reflecting what the Garden and the sky have to say…wet poetry!

Click on the photos to enlarge them and scroll through.


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