As followers of my blog would know, I went on an amazing writing retreat over February-March for 3 weeks. Over the next few weeks I thought I would share some of the highlights from my trip 🙂
The majority of the retreat was spent on a cruise (more of that in later posts). There were 4 of us from my writing group who went – we all arrived in Perth, Western Australia two days before the cruise departed, so that gave us a full day in Perth.
We had a wonderful day with two highlights – the first was visiting the Art Gallery of Western Australia, specifically to see an exhibition called Awavena. It was an intimate, emotional experience.
Awavena is a collaboration between an artist and a community, melding technology and transcendent experience so that a vision can be shared, and a story told of a people ascending from the edge of extinction. It is an unmissable experience and a gift from the Yawanawa at a time of peril for their people. They hope our experience of Awavena will shift our consciousness and change the way we perceive the world and the decisions we make.https://artgallery.wa.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/awavena-lynette-wallworth
For the Amazonian Yawanawa, ‘medicine’ has the power to travel you in a vision to a place you have never been. Hushahu, the first woman shaman of the Yawanawa, uses VR like medicine to open a portal to another way of knowing. Using technology that the Yawanawa feel enables them to share their story and their visions, this immersive work presents point cloud renditions and fluorescent specimens from the forest world, to create a vivid, luminous vision.http://www.awavenavr.com/
While there, I also got the chance to look through the AGWA Historical Collection. I was excited to see an iconic Australian painting, “Down on His Luck” (1889) by Frederick McCubbin:
But my favourite was a painting by Hans Heysen, “Droving into the Light” (1914-1921). As the title suggest, the artists use of lighting in this painting is breathtaking:
To be continued…