Laural Retz
Laural Retz

Melbourne, Australia

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Medium

Acrylic paint on canvas

Description

The desire to paint honeycomb presented a challenge for me….How to use it in conjunction with the female form?  I decided to use the honeycomb to form her body.  As the bees seal up each hive cell with wax her skin begins to grow over it, essentially making her comprised of honeycomb.  She is at one with nature and clearly the bees trust her explicitly as a safe place to nest.  She sits up high on a branch in a gum tree where the gum flowers provide bountiful pollen for the busy bees.  Also attracted to the flowers are a couple of Major Mitchell Cockatoos.  Whilst one nibbles on a flower head, the other investigates the hand being offered.  This aspect of the painting is inspired by Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel painting of ‘The Creation of Adam’.  I wanted her to be a giver of life and this ball of light coming from her fingertip represents a life-force.  This challenges the belief that God is a man. 

Whilst painting this one I was transported back to my teenage years on our family property in Warrandyte.  I used to enjoy sitting quietly amongst the nature and watching the insects, birds and wildlife go about their day un-phased by my presence.  The background of this painting is based upon this property.

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#woman, #Nude, #Parrot, #australia, #warrandyte, #Bush, #Cockatoo, #cocky, #honey, #Bee, #honeycomb, #gum tree, #EUCALYPTUS
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