Art

EcoInks
My new focus in art has been the creation of my own inks from plants in my garden, which I call EcoInks. As an invited contributor to Project 365+1 Blog I told the story of my journey to this new practice. Here is a brief summary of my journey. 

Bronwyn Rodden – Eco Inks

I grew up by the bush in Sydney and nature has always inspired me and my art practice. I am a volunteer bush regenerator and am creating a wildlife-friendly garden in my new environment adjoining Jagun Nature Reserve on the NSW Mid North Coast. I am also working towards sustainable art practice and have left more traditional art materials behind. I create inks myself, sourced from my garden. I have a background in physical science and a fascination with Australian native plants. This change in my practice has made me even more aware of the natural world around me. It brings me closer to each flower or leaf that I collect, not only increasing my awareness of using resources sustainably, but also the delight of learning more about them, their seasonal variations, interactions with other plants and forms of growth. The physical practice of growing the plants, collecting the materials I need, making my inks, and using the inks in my work has become a meditation. My works are a tribute to Australian native plants and encourage contemplation of what it is to be an artist in a world with precious resources.

Influences

I am drawn to colour field artist Mark Rothko’s contemplative works, appreciating art that makes you wait to absorb the surface, wonder at how it was created, and feel the emotions it can draw out of you. I also love Helen Frankenthaler’s soak stain works, again it was partly the physicality of the works themselves, and the process involved in making them, together with the resonance she achieved from a mix of free flowing colour and her light touch in controlling and adding pigments. As noted, I am moving away from traditional materials and delight in the serendipity of working with natural materials.

Andy Goldsworthy’s ecological artworks, initially drawing on his stone walling background, were a revelation and delight. The way he looks at a landscape and the materials he finds there, then conjures some kind of magic with fallen leaves, sticks lying on the ground or ice on a pond. He often produces ephemeral works that elevate the materials to art. "I want to get under the surface. When I work with a leaf, rock, stick, it is not just that material in itself, it is an opening into the processes of life within and around it. When I leave it, these processes continue."  Andy Goldsworthy

http://www.morning-earth.org/ARTISTNATURALISTS/AN_Goldsworthy.html

My recent focus has centred on colours that I can produce from plants that I grow myself and, occasionally, weeds. I have learned much about paper from my printmaking background, and through working with the Chinese artist, Andrew Lo. Again, it is the contemplative works by Asian artists that have interested me, and I was fortunate to visit the Shanghai studio of Taiwanese artist Tsai Yulong where he showed me some of his semi-abstract and abstract works influenced by Western Art.

ecoinks

Waterfall - Ebor


Infusing paper with local creek water


 Watercolour



 

Waterfall 1



Printmaking




 Mixed Media


 Photography




ABOUT

My focus is the natural world and stories of local life. My nature-based work often incorporates natural materials to give them a feeling of being grounded in the environment. 

- Highly Commended in the inaugural Pyrmont Art Prize 2007 
- Finalist in the 2012 Flannery Art Prize.
- Solo exhibitions in Sydney and Bellingen. 
- Invited artist for the inaugural Arts Urunga exhibition 2012 & 2013 and for the Birdlife Australia Congress, 2012. 
- Member of Nexus Gallery, Bellingen and Matilda Street Gallery, Macksville.