My name is Rhiannon I am 33 years old and I live in Mullumbimby.
I’m double Taurean- what you see is what you get – and it will be solid ‘n’ sensual!
Aside from art making, I am a mother, wife, Chinese Medicine practitioner, dancer & actor. My art aims to capture an experience of life intertwined with physical and energetic environment. My pieces are held in private collections in Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland and U.S.A.
MY PASSIONS AND INSPIRATIONS:
To list my passions would be to list everything that fills my day and mind! Some of my passions and inspirations for art making include: the seasons, the unknown, indigenous textiles and ceramics, sacred object, the transforming self, feminine nature, enlightened sex, inhabitants of this planet; seen and unseen, music with soul and beat.
Since mantra is usually used in times of need my mantra is usually “its o.k.”
WHAT BREAKS MY HEART:
My son’s innocence.
WHAT MENDS MY HEART:
I AM MOST PROUD OF:
My children and the moment I birthed them.
I’m living the dream!
MY LOCAL SACRED SPACE:
My childlike perspective of my childhood is that it was pretty loose, 80’s style, rounded edge, golden photo moments, growing up in hippie small town, barefoot, climbing frangipanis, carob in brown paper bags, bean bags, some longing, confusion and secret heartbreak.
MY ARTISTIC WORK:
I am curious about the interplay of physical ‘known’ reality and the layers of worlds; emotional, ancestral, energetic etc. that forms my experience.
I am inspired by rhythm; the rhythm of a line, the rhythm of the movement produced by one colour meeting another. The rhythm of music is the rhythm of my environment – music is vital inspiration to my life and my art.
I am inspired by nature (humans included), so random and right, even when it could be wrong. Like nature my art is full of precious accidents. I love the unexpected, the crazy thing that shouldn’t be, but is. I love contradictions that find their own style of harmony. I love that which courageously reveals vulnerability, that which are at once ferocious and fragile. This inspires me to bravely push the boundaries of my own authenticity, my own art.
I am most comfortable working from life and most often I do. With the bones and bumps in front of me the work is grounded, allowing a foundation to explore and adventure from intuitively.
I work with all media (graphite, ink, acrylic, oil, chalk pastel, encaustic, charcoal) at hand, then as I work I can spontaneously reach for anything to use, this allows me to keep present and keep thinking to a minimum.
THE DEFINING MOMENTS OF MY LIFE:
Being born at home. The recognition of my unique divinity whilst brushing my teeth age 5. The immensity of the change when my parents separated (age 6.5). The feeling of being rejected and abandoned by ALL my friends and most of my class in primary school in an act of unconscious and brutal tall poppy syndrome. The exhilarating freedom traveling solo in London, NYC and west coast USA. Finding my own communities. The loss of a dear one to suicide and the alchemical grieving process that followed. Falling in love with The One. Becoming a mother. Birthing as a mother.
HOW THESE MOMENTS CHANGED ME:
All of these moments were defining because they awoke in me new aspects of my character, they demanded that I grow or gave a new texture to my personality, or they scarred me in ways that shaped my life both toward pleasure and pain. I find breathing the only way to work through things. And then keep on breathing! Asking my guides/angels for help is also effective. Other times I find totally freaking out followed by a good dose of acceptance and self-forgiveness goes a long way. First and foremost, THE best approach is talking and crying and sighing with my women friends. And DANCE! Live (esp.) music is medicine!!!
WHAT MAKES ME SMILE:
My husband’s put on the eastern European accent.
INSPIRATIONAL ARTWORKS, MOVIES, BOOKS AND MUSIC I RECCOMEND ARE:
Book: ‘Women Who Run With the Wolves’ by Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, ‘Anastasia’ by Vladimir Megre and ‘Dear Lover’ by David Deida.
Movie: ‘Dancer in the Dark’ and ‘The Artist’
Album: Music is too integral to my inspiration to have a “most” tag – it changes as the season/body of work moves on. Most recently it has been: ‘Reflektor’ by Arcade Fire, ‘Rough Travel For A Rare Thing’ by Bill Callahan, ‘Birds’ by Bic Runga, ‘New Amerykah’ by Erykah Badu, ‘Blue Planet Eyes’ by The Preatures, ‘The Best of Talking Heads’ by Talking Heads, ‘Eat the Sun’ by TORA.
Artwork: Anything by Frida Kahlo and Brett Whitely, and the entire collection at MONA, Hobart.
I find fears very interesting things, 100% not real creations of the mind and its conditionings. Ways we keep small and still and dead. I try to embrace my fears and melt them with love. Everything is functioning with either the frequency of love or fear, I respect both, but I choose love. When I explore my fears I find something I love deeply at the core and I place my focus there. As a mother I love my children beyond all else and my most frequented fear-land is fucking up/fucking them up.
THE IMPORTANT WOMEN IN MY LIFE:
I have about 6 ridiculously important women in my life. One of them is my mother; all of them are friends I couldn’t be without.
MY DREAM DESTINATION: Somewhere warm, secluded and close to nature that I’ve never been before.
I AM GRATEFUL FOR: For health. That I am me. That I live in the country.
HOW OLD WOULD I BE IF I DIDN’T KNOW:
Some days 14, other days 74, some nights 24.
WHAT WOULD I TELL MY 7 YEAR OLD SELF, 16YEAR OLD SELF AND 100 YEAR OLD SELF:
I wouldn’t tell my 7-year-old self anything, children are perfect.
I’d tell my 16-year-old self to enjoy the process of initiation, don’t rush through maidenhood or take yourself too seriously. Be true and gentle to yourself, know and honor your beauty.
I would tell my 100 year old self: “I knew I’d get there!”
WHAT I DO FOR MYSELF:
I spend time outside every day. Make wholesome nourishing food that’s both in keeping with the season and that my body desires. Camp several times a year with phones and shoes off. Go to bed early. Be a little cheeky.
THE LAST TIME I TRIED SOMETHING NEW:
One joy of mothering is the occasion to always trying new things. Maybe its because I experience life with and through my children for whom things new are tried every day. I’d never made a tiny motorized Japanese dinosaur until the other day! My children slow me down and bring me to the present moment where everything can be experienced as new… on another note I tried brisket recently and that was good too!
WISDOM TO SHARE:
I’m sure I have wisdom to share. I think wisdom is in the ear of the beholder. My message is: there is great power in vulnerability. Allow yourself to be authentic and connect with others, nature, yourself from this raw place to experience true beauty and meaning. Don’t waste energy on perfection and seriousness.
“Where would you like me to massage you?”
You can view Rhiannon’s amazing artwork here