rubble mirror

rubble mirror 3 © Blandine Hallé
rubble mirror 3
© Blandine Hallé

I pick up a piece of rubble on the beach, I pick up myself

What do I make of it?  What do I make of me?

Discarded, junk, rubbish that no one cares about, on this deserted beach

What do I see?

I see patina, cracks and lines left by time, tensions, and pulls in different directions

I see roughness and smoothness together in contrasting beauty

I see character that stands out amongst uniformity

I see potential of something more, once associated with others

Shall I leave the rubble there, to be taken away by the ocean?

Again

Washed away, drowned

The water slowly making materiality dissolves

Opening cracks like open wounds

Slowly bringing it back to sand to disappear in the ground

Or shall I bring it home? Safe inside

On the table, shall I give it company or leave it alone?

It has a life of its own and spontaneously finds its place

A dialogue opens up with who is already sitting there

Contrasting lines, complementary textures, shades of colours

The play is exquisite and all-consuming

Pleasure and delight

That’s what a piece of rubble picked up on the beach gives me.

Acknowledgement to Country

Ngaala Kaaditj, Whadjuk Nyoongar Moort, keyen kaadak nidja boodja.

We acknowledge the Whadjuk Nyoongar people as the original custodians of this land. And we pay our respects to their elders past, present and future.

This is a month late; I feel that is how I should have started my blog. I have been living in Western Australia for more than 15 years and this country has been good to me. My connection to the landscape and the place was immediate on my first trip in 1994. It has strongly developed overtime, traveling across the continent in all States, camping, hiking, and generally enjoying the magnificence of Australia’s unique environment. The last couple of years, my sense of belonging and connection to the land has developed even more strongly through my participation to several workshops and weekends on country under the guidance of Nyoongar Elder Dr. Noel Nannup.

In 2012 I participated to a serie of four Nyoongar cultural workshops held at Replants in Fremantle. These were four magic evenings listening to ancient stories told by great storyteller Dr. Noel Nannup, by the fire amongst a forest of Balgas, here right in the middle of our city.

Since these workshops I participated to three weekends on Country led by Dr. Noel Nannup and organised by Jaime Yallup Farrant (RRaFT Educators). We traveled to significant sites in the wheatbelt, East of Perth, one time up to Wave Rock, learning about Aboriginal spirituality, culture and language. All this learning while living in the bush for 3 days was a fantastic experience. The connection to the land deepened from all sides: intellectual, physical and emotional. It gave me a greater appreciation and respect for the Nyoongar people’s culture and the land.

I’ll close this ‘acknowledgement’ post by saying that now it’s time to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia’s Constitution. It’s the right thing to do.

Shine exhibition

From 10 April to 2 May 2014, I’ll be joining the Shine exhibition presenting the cream of Central Institute of Technology 2013 graduates.

The exhibition is at Gallery Central, 12 Aberdeen Street in Perth.

streetscape - earrings Sapa 4

A great opportunity for those who missed the Graduation Show last December to see and purchase my jewellery pieces from last year.