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Karolina's Garden No2

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Alison Shirley

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Karolina's Garden No2

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Alison Shirley

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2017

Print on chromira lustre photographic paper with white border

Edition of 250

Dimensions: 76.2cm (H) x 114cm (W) x 0.1cm (D) / 30" (H) x 44.9" (W) x 0.04" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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My dear friend and fellow artist - and a huge fan of myself and all my artistic endeavours - Karolina Artist, had quite the stunning garden. It was an oasis of all her creativity and love. I photographed it a couple of years ago and she died of cancer the following year. While I was taking the photos, words came to mind and I wrote her a poem that goes with these images.
In the last few days of her life she tearily asked that the poem I had written her, be read as her ashes were spread, as it showed how much I really SAW and knew her. What an honour.
Rather than keep these painful and private memories, I think it best to share, for Karolina represents the completeness of being human and being an artist and that every part of you is involved and inseparable.
In honour of Karolina. X

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Artist Profile

Born: 1971

Hometown: Alice Spring, Northern Territory

Based in: Fryerstown, Central Victoria

My work ultimately speaks of my worship of light – it’s ability to dance with unspeakable beauty.

I was born in Alice Springs, NT in 1971. I still consider it my spirit’s home.

The expansive red earth horizons, blue skies and dry warmth still occupy my dreams.

However, I also love my current home in Fryerstown, Victoria.

Having been a photographer for many years, I stumbled upon the love of macro photography. It certainly wasn’t born from being a green thumb, rather from the awe of the life force of plants and their many varieties and abilities to adapt and survive. With my macro lens I am transported into another world, where I can explore and be surprised and delve into the unknown. It offers me a new perspective on the world around me and takes me into a state of meditation.

The way light behaves, together with a short depth of field, provides a constant source of new discovery and captivates me – in a time where little else feels new or holds my attention. It is also a reminder to attend to the details of life within ourselves and to honour the beauty of our own existence – every detail, nuance, breath.

My photographic art centres around human form, nature’s forms and our experience of living in this human vessel and traversing the earth.

My formal training:
Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) Honours VCA Melbourne University 2020
Pilates Practitioner Certificate Level 4 Australian Pilates Method Association 2011
Level 2 Professional Practitioner of Pilates, APMA Physicalmind Institute 2004
Graduate Certificate Monash University, Clayton: Clinical Anatomy /Advanced Anatomy 2010
Advanced Photography Certificate Photographic Imaging College, Hawthorn 2006
Bachelor of Arts Deakin University, Rusden, Clayton: Photography and Contemporary Dance 1992-1995
Certificate of Photography: Materials Methods and Practice, Brighton Bay Secondary College 1990-1991


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