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Sevilla Journeys of the Heart

It is the  last week of my residency in Seville and I have the apartment to myself   I am wanting to review and document the wonderful time i have had here in Seville in an  Artists Residency in Seville with AIR Gentum .


I wrote in my journal soon after arriving that it is the journeys of the heart that are the most exciting and it has proved to be the case


In Spain I have learnt you have to use your heart to understand things and reach out to people not just your head , especially the case for me with my  minimal spanish










I arrived in time for Semana Santa Holy week in Seville. Nothing can prepare you for the intensity of this experience which involves the whole city in various roles  penitents -Nazarenos-  , muscle men carriers of the heavy statues of the virgin Macarena or Jesus and the saints , marching bands playing sweet and sobre music, altar boys and incense swayers   There is room for individual devotion-  many of the nazarenos are bare footed and say the rosary as they walk- but Semana Santa is also an expression of family and community

 the realism of the statues was amazing with similar faces in the crowd and on the floats










.and in  the end garments are washed and put away  -scene from my rooftop of semana santa washing !









my second major event was SEVILLE FERIA we were so kindly hosted by the Director of AIR Gentum Martina and her spunky friends 











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All the while I have actually been making art with the help of volunteer life-drawing and paid photography models- modelo masculinos-both locals and travellers  



My exhibition title was selected in English as Sacred Journeys of the Heart my spanish first choice was camino del coraz√≥n which I will probably use in the melbourne version of the exhibition.


Image used for the exhibition invite 


It was held in an old market store in Calle Santa Angela de la Cruz 3 on the 17th May 2018 at 8pm in central Sevilla that AIR Gentum are converting to a studio and exhibition space. For the first time in many years I exhibited my life drawings.





Two of the models Vicen and Juan attended the opening which must have taken some courage on their part.

We used votive candles to help light the more religious works.

Over the wall which housed the pietas we hung the crown of thorns I had made from wire I had found in an old Shepherds hut with a red flower to symbolize blood and passion.



We had a great crowd turn up lured in part by the promise of a naked performance!
I spoke briefly with Martina interpreting to thank the many people who had helped create and launch the exhibition




A well made Man - heroic views of the colonial male

While  travelling  in the USA  in July and Augu
st 2017 I have begin a new series that is a tribute to Walt Whitman

But the expression of a well-made man appears not only in his face, 
It is in his limbs and joints also, it is curiously in the joints of his hips and wrists, 
It is in his walk, the carriage of his neck, the flex of his waist and knees, dress does not hide him, 
The strong sweet quality he has strikes through the cotton and broadcloth, 
To see him pass conveys as much as the best poem, perhaps more, 
You linger to see his back, and the back of his neck and shoulder-side. 

from the Body Electric poem 

My first shoot was in a barn in Pennsylvania  with local worker Ray.









 



I then approached a guy Nate living in Brooklyn -we ended up shooting in his  apartment (Walt Whitman lived in Brooklyn and wrote about it in his poetry

as part of this process I am looking at more gritty less perfected idealism about the male figure. I am  enjoying the real grounding hairy



-ness of this model

Iwill be back in the USA in July 2018 Contact me on eurekacommunity@gmail.com if you want to model for this series.
Also looking for a curator with  a background in Colonial or New World gender studies