For example, I had never heard of the Kamennaia baba, the stone guardians of the Steppes, an image that Natalia Goncherova picks up and uses in one of her striking paintings, also exhibited here. The stone guardians - monolithic figures with stylised faces, are only some of the artifacts on exhibition. A shaman drum, reindeer antlers used in ritual and carved wooden figures are also displayed - along with other influences on the painters exhibited, including some dramatic Japanese and Chinese prints.
|'Spring' by Mikhail Larionov|
Where do I want to take my poetry? I'd like to push a little away from the narrative - but it feels quite hard for me to do that. It's difficult doing anything on the road as we are - hard to find the correct headspace and also difficult to process everything we're seeing, so I'm not going to stress about it at the moment. But it is something I want to keep pushing when I return to Australia.
The Universe is a kind of temporary laboratory for research
into the laws of the human spirit. Wassily Kandinsky.
|Composition No: 217, Grey Oval, Wassily Kandinsky.|